From the Editor – February 2017

Debra Hershkowitz

With this February edition, we celebrate Black History Month. In its honor, this issue of The Picture Professional features African-American photographers, cooperatives, and themes.

Our Portfolio features the images of the iconic Chester Higgins, Jr. View the world through his lens, and be inspired by his words.

ASPP Executive Director Darrell Perry sat down for an extensive interview with the vice president of Kamoinge, the more than fifty-year-old African-American photo cooperative, while longtime Photo Editor Tracy Armstead has reviewed their expansive, new coffee table book. Tracy also looks at a retrospective of African-American photographer and multimedia artist, Lorna Simpson’s work.

Darrell was fortunate to visit the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. His video, which includes firsthand impressions of the historic and sacred artifacts and images on display, is a wonderful introduction to this much-anticipated Collection.

NYC Chapter President Lindsey Nicholson covered our Winter Party, which included the presentation of the Picture Professional of the Year award. She also writes about the annual east Coast Visual Connections Media Expo, as well as the photography and videography drone panel she chaired.

With this issue, we welcome our new legal contributor, Richard Liebowitz. He will alternate with Nancy Wolff in this column, each sharing their advice and wisdom with our members. This month, Richard addresses copyright issues and registration in the age of social media.

This is our second online, digital-only issue of The Picture Professional. We are learning and growing into this digital space. Please feel free to let us know how you think we’re doing, and if there’s something you want to see that we aren’t showing. All opinions matter.

Thank you,

Debra P. Hershkowitz
Editor in Chief
The Picture Professional
editor@aspp.com


Debra P. Hershkowitz wears several hats: photo researcher, photo editor, photographer; copy editor, editor, writer; karateka and karate instructor.

Having wandered into a stock photo library by chance encounter in the ’70s, she discovered a job, a career, and an industry that she eagerly embraced. She researched every conceivable subject, while photographing mainly for herself and to fulfill the “suggestions” list for the agency. As a stock shooter, her photos have appeared in textbooks, calendars, greeting cards, on street banners, and on TV.

After 35+ years, Debra turned more toward words, becoming the copy editor of ASPP’s The Picture Professional, as well as copy editor for the APA National’s (American Photographic Association) Awards booklets.

Photo: © James Porto

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