PHILADELPHIA, PA - Eugene Mopsik, executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), announced that five ASMP Foundation grants for Spring 2006 have been given to non-profit groups who strive to educate photographers, and that applications for 2006 grants are being accepted until May 15 and November 15.
The five Spring 2006 grant recipients are:
AINA Photo, a Paris-based branch of AINA, Afghanistan's Media and Cultural Center (www.ainaworld.org). AINA Photo trains Afghan men and women in photojournalism. Its goal is to build local talent and foster free expression in a country where even the possession of photographs was once forbidden by the Taliban. The agency was given a grant of $1,500 for its "Afghanistan through Afghan eyes" program to help support photojournalism students.
The Society for Photographic Education (www.spenational.org) was awarded $1,500 to help support student portfolio reviews at the 43rd Annual SPE National Conference to be held in March 2006 in Chicago, IL.
The Santa Fe Center for Photography (www.sfcp.org) offers symposia that educate photographers in key aspects of the business side of fine-art photography: marketing and promotion, book publication, and working with collectors and curators. SFCP has been granted $1,500 to help support the symposium titled "The Creative Edge: The Business of Being an Artist," to be held January 21 in Santa Monica, CA.
FotoFest, an photographic arts and education organization (www.fotofest.org) based in Houston, TX, is the creator of the international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art as a showcase for important new photographic talent. FototFest was awarded $1,500 to help support speaker expenses at a workshop called "Making the Most of Digital Technologies" which will be presented at the 11th Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art, to be held in Houston in March and April of 2006.
The Central Florida Chapter of ASMP (www.asmpcentralflorida.org) has received $350 to help support a student seminar series to be presented over the coming four months. Led by Amanda Sosa Stone, a creative consultant and artist representative, the series will provide instruction on assisting, corporate and editorial photography, and business practices in photography.
The ASMP Foundation supports the education of ASMP members and the creative photographic community to which they belong, encouraging the professional and artistic growth of photographers. Grants are awarded twice each year. ASMP says the number of grants and specific amounts given depend on available funds and the needs and merits of applicant programs. The remaining application deadlines for 2006 are May 15 and November 15. Application information and forms are available online at www.asmp.org/foundation.
ASMP Foundation board members include Mary Virginia Swanson, a photography consultant; Kenny Irby, coordinator of the Visual Journalism programs for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies; Ben Colman, a commercial photographer and ASMP board member; John Giammatteo, a commercial photographer and ASMP board member; and photojournalist Dan Lamont, chairman of the Foundation board and an ASMP board member.
For more information contact Mopsik at [email protected].