Photographer and Photo Educator Susan Carr Dies, 49

Photo © Shawn G. Henry.

Susan Carr, an architectural photographer and leader of photo education programs for the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), died yesterday in Chicago. She was 49. The cause of death was cancer. ASMP announced the news on its Strictly Business web site.

In a statement posted on the ASMP web site, the trade organization’s president Shawn G. Henry, said: “With Susan’s passing ASMP has lost one of its most ardent advocates and I have lost a dear friend. She was a tireless champion of the Society, a passionate educator, and a wonderfully warm and caring human being.”

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Carr specialized in architectural and interiors photography. She was a principal in the Chicago studio Carr Cialdella Photography in Chicago and documented American architecture in both her professional and personal work. She became a board member of ASMP in 2001 and in 2003 launched the trade association’s traveling seminar program. As manager of the Strictly Business seminar program, she organized a continuing series of lectures and seminars providing legal and business information to professional photographers around the country. She also lectured on copyright, licensing and other business issues. Carr was the author of The Art and Business of Photography, published last year by Allworth Press.

Carr was the editor of ASMP business publications including ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography, Seventh Edition and The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography, scheduled to be published later this year. She also created and edited the ASMP Strictly Business blog.

In Carr’s memory, ASMP announced it will launch The Susan Carr Educators Award, an annual prize for photo educators, to be awarded annually.

More information is available on the ASMP Strictly Business web site.


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6 Responses to “Photographer and Photo Educator Susan Carr Dies, 49”

  1. Leif Forre Says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news of Susan’s passing. I have been working with her since 2007 framing her beautiful photographs here at my shop. She was a very talented photographer and a wonderful person to work with. My thoughts are with her family and her friends at this time.

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  3. Kathryn MacDonald Says:

    So sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. She and I interacted professionally and I had the utmost respect for her and her work. My condolences to her family.

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  5. Phil Weston Says:

    Susan touched a lot of lives in the photographic world. A professional inspiration for all of us! Condolences to her family and her many dear friends.

  6. Ellen Adams Says:

    I am very saddened to hear this news. I was fortunate to meet Susan when she came to a NY ASMP meeting, and she was a passionate and talented woman. She will be greatly missed.