NPPA Responds To Yahoo! CEO's Comments

DURHAM, NC (May 29, 2013) – NPPA's president Mike Borland today in a letter to Yahoo! chief executive officer Marissa Mayer expressed the organization's disapproval of her recent comments that questioned the need for professional photographers. 

The letter, written on behalf of NPPA and seven other media and photography organizations, told Mayer that “We find these comments demeaning and devaluing to professional photography and photographers, especially coming from a company like Yahoo! that derives millions of page views from photographs, has a number of photo sharing applications in its portfolio, and is attempting to monetize those images for even greater profits.” 

The letter was also copied to the entire Yahoo! board of directors. It is in response to comments Mayer made at a press event for the photo sharing website Flickr, where she seemed to suggest that technological advances had weakened the role of the professional photographic community.

“There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with the pervasiveness of cameras and the number of people uploading photos] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore,” Mayer had said.

Read more about NPPA's response to Mayer in the organization's Advocacy Blog, online here.