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Press Release

June 4, 2012


American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Eugene H. Mopsik, Executive Director
Phone: 215-451-2767 ext 201


ASMP Announces Symposium On Sustainable Business Models

Philadelphia, PA… The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will hold an important symposium, "Sustainable Business Models: Issues & Trends Facing Visual Artists," on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at The TimesCenter in New York. Thought leaders will discuss the impact of shifts in the industry, and creative approaches to compensation that will lead to sustainable business models for imaging professionals. The symposium is free of charge to all interested parties who pre-register. For more information and to register, go here.


According to ASMP President Shawn Henry, "At this critical time in our industry, we believe that bringing together experts with various perspectives will stimulate important conversation about the options and opportunities for those who produce and use visual works." ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik added, "This symposium is one of the many valuable resources ASMP offers to help members and all visual artists succeed in this constantly changing marketplace." The day's events will be streamed live and available for viewing afterward.


There will be three panel discussions during the day. The morning sessions will be moderated by Jay Kinghorn and are: A Candid Discussion with Working Pros with panelists Andy Batt and Therese Gielter - andyBATT Studio, Ron Haviv - VII, and Gail Mooney - Kelly Mooney Productions; and Current Distribution Models that Offer Compensation to Creators with panelists Liz Miller - BBDO, Allen Murabayashi - PhotoShelter, and Susan White - Trunk Archive.


The afternoon presentation is entitled The Challenge: Sustainable and Ongoing Creator Compensation. Moderated by Richard Dale Kelly; the panelists are Kevin Fitzgerald - Copyright Licensing Agency, Rob Haggert - A Photo Editor, Henry Oh - Transpecific Media and Stephen Mayes - VII.


An informative new book, entitled The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography, will be available at the symposium. Edited by ASMP Education Director Susan Carr and featuring eight industry experts, the Guide examines the forces at play in the industry and shows how photographers can successfully exploit new trends to build successful businesses. It is co-published by ASMP and Allworth Press and is available for pre-order now.


About ASMP

ASMP is the premier trade association for imaging professionals and is a well-known leader on current issues, regularly representing the industry on legislative matters and providing members with state-of-the-art information and education. ASMP members are recognized as a community of forward-thinking professionals.