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About Our Chapter

ASMP Kansas City / Mid America

The Kansas City/ Mid-America chapter of the ASMP holds regular
presentations, guest speakers, and social events most months of the year. They
range from evening seminars by nationally recognized experts in all areas of
the business of photography; to chapter meetings on topics such as copyright
registration, estimating, workflow and marketing; to Pints and Pixels social
gatherings in member photographer's studios and happy hours in different bars
around the city. We also hold meetings at local photography related business’
and organizations including: Lights On, H&H Color Lab, Apple, and the
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, just to name a few. The chapter also works with
photo related causes such as Flashes of Hope.


The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)

ASMP is a trade association of professional photographers,
including many different disciplines. Its members are primarily those who
photograph for publication as a career. The ASMP advocates for photographers'
legal rights, supports information sharing among members, and provides business
and technical information. The ASMP has more than 7000 members in 39 chapters
across the USA.


Kansas City Chapter History

In the early 1980s there were some great photographers and
amazing work being produced in Kansas City. The studio’s were independent and
out of touch with one another. In 1983, David Ludwigs (RIP), Hollis Officer,
Ernie Block, Mike Radencich and Nick Vedros started getting together to discuss
the difficulties in their industry. Amoung them, there was a desire to bring
down the barriers that had grown up around them so informal get together’s were
held at each others studio’s. Established national organizations, the APA and
ASMP both courted this small group to establish a new chapter. In 1984 the ASMP
won the day and petitioned to build a Midwest Chapter representing 3 states
Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Nick Vedros was elected the founding President.
Gradually, Kansas City began to have more uniform business goals and through this
association, the world of photography improved for professional photographers.