On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, ASPP hosted the NY Image Makers Summit, an opportunity for key administrators of New York-area professional photography associations to exchange ideas about the industry. Held in the relaxed atmosphere of Jack Demsey’s Tavern in New York City, the summit was attended by some of the presidents, vice presidents, officers, and active board members of many of the area’s most prominent photo groups.

Representatives of APA (American Photographic Artists), ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), NYPPA (New York Press Photographers Association) and ASPP convened on the third floor of the midtown Irish pub to brainstorm about methods to provide a richer experience for their members . New York Press Photographers Association (Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors) was also invited, but sent no representatives.

The confab centered around discovering common concerns held by the organizations and their members: discussing the issues, voicing the problems, and uniting efforts for shared solutions. Group leaders asked and attempted to answer questions such as:

  • What do our groups have in common?
  • How are we similar in the ways we serve our respective memberships?
  • What steps can we take to improve inter-organizational communication?
  • How can we better support each other’s events and programs?
  • Are there opportunities to combine our strengths to produce events and programs together?

These and other topics were discussed in an open, town-hall style format. In addition, a spokesman for each organization was asked to contribute to the brief, diary-style video made exclusively for ASPP’s digital magazine, The Picture Professional, which we present here.

The takeaways from the meeting were a clearer understanding of our common issues and problems, an agreement to work towards schedule coordination to avoid conflicting events, and to use tools like Google Groups and Calendar to stay better connected. The members of this new gathering of organizations, now named New York Image Professionals (NY I-Pros), agreed to reconvene in May and are aiming for another session this Fall.

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