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Press Release

July 25, 2009


Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director
American Society of Media Photographers
Phone: 215 451 2767



Philadelphia, PA… The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP has announced that the association has received $263,000 from the Authors Coalition of America, an organization which distributes money collected for copying non-title-specific works abroad, primarily in Scandinavia and Europe. Non-title-specific works are those that cannot be identified individually or by copyright owner.


Distributions are made periodically by ACA to visual arts organization members on the basis of an established formula, and funds are designated for use solely in industry education and advocacy. ASMP is the premier trade association for photographers who create images primarily for publication, and the association is a leader in providing professional photographers with business education and protecting their rights.


According to ASMP President Richard Kelly, of Pittsburgh-based Richard Kelly Photography, “We are pleased that this distribution enables our association to continue to support the needs of photographers at this pivotal time of change in the profession and the world.” ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik added, “This funding allows ASMP to further our educational outreach to the photography community by providing training in vital skills and fostering new ideas for our 7,000 members and many others.” ASMP recently announced the development of educational tools for the industry which are available free of charge to all interested photographers at


Founded in 1944, ASMP is the leader in promoting photographers’ rights, providing education in better business practices, producing business publications for photographers, and helping to connect purchasers with professional photographers. ASMP has 39 chapters across the country and its members include many of the world’s foremost photographers.