APA and EP Join Forces

Today two professional photography trade organizations‚ American Photographic Artists (APA) and Editorial Photographers (EP)‚ announced that they will merge to create one organization with a membership of approximately 3200 photographers.

The move will see the creation of the first national chapter of APA, which will be known as the APA Editorial Photographers chapter.

EP president Brian Smith told PDN the move would revitalize that organization while also giving APA a presence in smaller cities in the United States and internationally. (EP is an internet-based organization without a chapter structure, and has members throughout the country and the world, Smith notes.)

“It was a case of trying to revitalize everything and offer something more,” Smith said of the decision to merge. “EP was founded as an opportunity to get together and actively seek better editorial contracts. It was formed in a day when the magazines were making money by the bushellful. Times have changed in the editorial market and really the board felt the best thing we could do would be to come up with additional resources for our members.”Smith added that the administrative resources of APA will benefit EP, which was previously run by volunteers. “We had grown to the point that we very much needed administration,” Smith said.

EP was founded in 1999 by 13 San Francisco Bay Area photographers, and grew into a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and profitability of editorial photography.

APA, which was founded under the name Advertising Photographers of America, is a national organization run by and for professional photographers that seeks to advocate for, educate and support its members.

“APA is excited to have Editorial Photographers come into our association while maintaining their identity as a National Chapter of APA,” APA CEO Stephen Best said in a statement released by the organizations. “With so many core values of the two associations being the same, a merger is an ideal vehicle to build a stronger voice in the industry.”

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  3. Member of EP since 1999 Says:

    As a member of EP since 1999, I am disappointed by EP’s decision to give myself and its other members over to APA, albeit until the next dues cycle, without getting feedback from us.

    EP’s website explains its mission, in part, “to keep communication channels open with various magazines and deal with the rest of the photographic organizations: ASMP, APA, NPPA, PPA and SAA on issues that we ought to all be addressing and ways we can work together…”

    I joined, support, and pay dues to 3 of the organizations listed above: ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and, until its recent demise, SAA (Stock Artists Alliance).

    EP would be more effective if it had joined forces with ASMP or NPPA, both of which have larger (MUCH larger) memberships and are more, VERY much more, successful in promoting the welfare of photographers.

  4. Member of EP since 1999 Says:

    The more I think about it, the more objectionable are the actions of EP to unilaterally use my dues money to support an organization that I have not joined.

    When EP started, there were all these great concepts of “negotiated contracts” which are fair and a win/win. Paying my dues to EP is a contract. They do not have a right to make me a member of APA and send my dues money there – AND so so without even consulting me.

    EP leaders had an option to discuss their plans on an EP members-only forum and chose not to do so. They could have gotten a sense of what the members wanted. They could have offered an opportunity for members to choose where they would like their pro-rated dues to go. They could have offered an opt-out clause so EP members could be refunded their pro-rated dues should the member not want to become an APA member.

    EP presented it members with a fait accompli, done behind their backs. This is the opposite of what EP originally stood for. For shame.

  5. Member of EP since 1999 Says:

    The more I think about it, the more objectionable are the actions of EP to unilaterally use my dues money to support an organization that I have not joined, an organization which is the smallest and least effective of all photography organizations

    When EP started, there were all these great concepts of “negotiated contracts” which are fair and a win/win. Paying my dues to EP is a contract. They do not have a right to make me a member of a different organization and send my dues money there – AND do so without even consulting me.

    EP leaders had an option to discuss their plans on an EP members-only forum and chose not to do so. They could have gotten a sense of what the members wanted. They could have offered an opportunity for members to choose where they would like their pro-rated dues to go. They could have offered an opt-out clause so EP members could be refunded their pro-rated dues should the member not want to become an APA member.

    EP presented it members with a fait accompli, done behind their backs. This is the opposite of what EP originally stood for. For shame.

  6. Member of EP since Day 2 Says:

    Member of EP since 1999 Says:
    “EP would be more effective if it had joined forces with ASMP or NPPA . . .”

    Until you learn the politics and egos involved in the leadership of these organizations, you’ll never understand what just happened. This is more like a reality TV show than a business. You have to know who voted who off the island to know how and why this happened.

    To paraphrase: “Follow the egos . . .”