Thursday, March 13, 2008

Strictly Business 2, Philadelphia

I received an invitation from ASMP, Executive Director, Eugene Mopsik, to be the “Photographer of Record,” for the Philadelphia Strictly Business 2 conference. The third stop, on its four city tour.

As an ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) member and photographer in Philadelphia, I had planned on going anyway. I accepted his offer not just because it came from the Director, but because the request came from my long time friend and mentor.

Over twenty years ago, new to Philadelphia and fresh out of art school, Eugene took me on as his assistant. Gene taught me the ropes, sharing with me every aspect of the business. Of course he urged me to join ASMP. I have no doubt I would not be where I am today had I not been fortunate enough to have made his acquaintance.

Having known Gene for so many years, I can say without hesitation, I could not imagine a better person at the helm of the nation's largest professional photographers organization.

Strictly Business 2 will make one more stop in Chicago, April 11-13. Whether you’re just getting into the photography business or you’re an old salt, I highly recommend attending. You don’t need to be an ASMP member but I’d be surprised if you didn’t leave the conference with an application in your bag!

More on SB2 as time permits.

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