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In the last of our series of last year’s award winners, we look into the dedication of our member, Sonia Wasco, Past President, and still an active volunteer for DMLA. She was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award last year and it was more than well deserved! Most president’s serve their term and a year as Past President and then move on. But that isn’t the case with Sonia.
What has been your role over the years at PACA/DMLA?
I began working at Grant Heilman Photography in the spring of 1986. Grant Heilman, Jane Kinne, and Bob Roberts were good friends and confidants who spoke regularly by phone. Before the end of the year, they had me signed up for my first New York City PACA meeting and sharing conversations with Susan Turnau. At that time, she owned and operated Miami based Sharpshooters stock photo agency and was the chairperson of PACA’s Ethics and Grievance Committee. I became a member of the committee along with Bob Zentmaier from Photo Researchers (now Science Source) and quickly found myself surrounded by some of the best ‘Movers and Shakers’ of the stock agency world. I could not help being impressed and motivated to be successful like them. I served on the Ethics and Grievance Committee for six years before moving to Chairperson for another six years. From 2000 to 2002, I served as President, a role that became extremely challenging as PACA found itself without an Executive Director and in difficult financial straits at the end of my term. I take pride in being part of the team of strong PACA leadership who helped to rebuild and bring the organization out of the brink of destruction. Then PACA President, Patrick Donahue (Corbis); Vice President, Cathy Aron (Photo Network) (these two offices switched places shortly after elections); Secretary Dexter Lane (Peter Arnold); Treasurer, Doug Segal (Panoramic Images); Members at Large, Jeff Burke (PictureArts) and Roger Ressmeyer (Getty Images) along with Jeff Shultz (Alaska Stock); Sharon Dodge (Illustration Works); Nancy Wolff (PACA Council); Bob Roberts and Roberta Groves (H. Armstrong Roberts); Jane Kinne (Consultant) and Chris Ferrone (Retrofile) spent many hours re-writing the PACA Bylaws and Operating Manual and running the organization. Special note needs to be given to these dedicated individuals who I believe saved the Association from demise. PACA’s Executive Office of Past President also was quite memorable for me. Following my term as President, the next four Presidents left the industry following their terms and I was asked to step back on the Board to fill the role of Past-President. We often joked that my office was unending. Lately, I have served on the Program Committee for conferences and as Nominating and Elections Committee chair.
What does winning the lifetime achievement award mean to you?
It is extremely humbling to receive this award. So many PACA/DMLA members over the years have given so much to the organization. I have met incredible people and made life-long friends with other members from all around the world through my experiences with PACA/DMLA. To be recognized by my peers with an award of this nature for something that I have enjoyed doing for nearly 30 years seems overwhelming. I have the deepest respect for those PACA/DMLA members who have served before and after me and feel very privileged to be the recipient of the first Lifetime Achievement award. Perhaps it has something to do with being the Past-President for so many years? I certainly hope it doesn’t mean I am getting put out to pasture!
Looking back at the organization’s success, which contributions of yours are you most proud of?
As each new PACA/DMLA President comes into office, they establish goals they want to achieve. When I became President in 2000, the photo industry world was very fractured among the different photography related associations. No one trusted what each other was doing, and I was troubled by this. I set out to mend the issues that drove us apart. We began inviting other associations to our meetings and opened discussions among us. These steps resulted in much healing and mutual efforts that benefited photographers. I also had a personal mission to visit or talk with every PACA member during my term. I was so impressed by what my colleagues were doing and how great their individual companies operated. I left the office of President a richly inspired person. Over the many years of my involvement with PACA and now DMLA, this inspiration has been what has driven me to stay involved and want to jump in with both feet to work to get things done!
What have you been working on for this year’s conference and what are you most looking forward to?
This year, I am responsible for the visual effects of the conference in Jersey City. Last year we worked hard putting together an outstanding program and this year’s committee has done a fabulous job on the session development. I felt one of the areas that could be improved from last year was the visual projections and signage for the conference so I volunteered to take that on. With the inspiration of Doug Dawirs and help from my Grant Heilman Photography colleague Josh Slaymaker, we have put together a new format to inform attendees of what is happening and what is coming up next. I hope everyone enjoys the polished look this will add to the conference.
You studied animal science and agriculture in college. How did you that transition into a career in stock photography?
By never closing a door. When I graduated from Delaware Valley College (now University) I was looking to go to grad school to study veterinary medicine. Just prior to graduating, Penn State University came to our graduating class and dangled teaching jobs in front of us because they did not have enough certified teachers of agriculture to fill open positions. My degree from Delaware Valley was in Large Animal Science with a minor in Small Animal Science. I took Penn State’s offer of a guarantee to teach in September if we took their summer intensive studies in Education (and went on to get a Master’s in Agriculture Education) and found myself teaching high School Agriculture at Shippensburg. Following this six month position, I was hired to teach Agriculture at Warwick High School in Lancaster County. One of our science teachers who did science research and experiments for Grant’s science photos gave him my name as a candidate for an opening for the Director of the photo library. Grant flew in from Colorado for my interview and I was the lucky candidate to be offered the job. Grant wanted someone who could ‘talk agriculture’ as 60 percent of the company’s business was supplying images to the animal health and crop advertisers and magazines. The other sector of business was the high school science textbook market. My ten years of teaching agriculture couldn’t have given me a more perfect background for working with the clients that purchased images from our collection. Grant was also looking for someone to run the business as he incorporated and transitioned to retirement. In 1987, I was named Vice President of Grant Heilman Photography, Inc. I was promoted to President and COO in 1995. Over the years I received stock bonuses and purchased additional stock whenever possible. In 2011, I purchased Grant’s final shares of stock as he officially retired from Corporation to officially become the owner of the company. One of my fondest PACA memories was watching Grant receive the PACA Member Emeritus award in 1996. He was one of the most inspirational people in my life, and I was so fortunate to receive that phone call back in 1986 that put me in touch with him. I know I speak for the many people who have had the opportunity to stay that he enriched their lives by knowing and working with him.
As always we’re pleased to confirm that Abbie Enock, CEO of Capture, will be treading the boards at the DMLA conference again this year, talking about Capture ROYALTIES – a subject that may be dear to many at the event.
Rolled out during the year, the module adds to the range of cloud-based out-of-the-box technology “building blocks” that address each stage of the digital media licensing workflow, and that make up the sophisticated Capture Platform.
ROYALTIES can be rolled out rapidly and provides an easy and cost-effective solution. Customers already think it’s great – ‘‘I cannot tell you how much I love working with the new royalty database from Capture…,’’ said Valerie Saunders, Tetra Images.
“We have been using Capture’s royalty database software for a year now and have found the system to be very finely tuned for our image licensing business.
“We use the database for tracking royalties, payments, and paying commissions to our photographers (Many photographers, many distributors, many payments coming in and out). We have also been able to create reports for tracking best-selling imagery, best-selling territories, trends, etc.
“Capture has created software that manages every conceivable issue so that our finances are clean and clear and even our photographers have a great interface for tracking their own progress.
“Capture’s support for getting on board and maintaining all functionality has been excellent. Our needs are always met quickly.
“We are enjoying a royalties database that allows for transparency and accuracy that is a much higher caliber than systems we have used elsewhere and the pricing is very fair.
“Once again, Capture has proved to be a genuine partner in creating and supporting our needs as a digital content supplier. I am a very happy and grateful customer!”, said Valerie.
Abbie will be at Visual Connections (#B36-37) and DMLA (table 13) if you would like to discuss any aspect of Capture’s technology or services. Contact: email@example.com
Blend Images, the world’s leading multicultural stock photography agency, announced today exclusive representation of the Built Images stock library. With over 25,000 property-released photographs of contemporary commercial and residential architecture, interior design and home lifestyle, the Built collection is one of the most comprehensive and diverse image resources of its kind available for use in advertising and graphic design. This unique collection represents work from more than fifty of the top architectural photographers from the United States and around the world.
“Built Images adds still more depth to our extensive collection of architectural content. Property-released architectural imagery can be difficult to source. So we’re excited to be able to offer this world class image library to our clients in a convenient, Royalty Free format,” says Blend Images CEO, Rick Leckrone.
About Blend Images
Blend Images is one of the largest independently-owned stock photography agencies established by top commercial photographers. As the world’s leading collection of diversity lifestyle imagery, Blend also offers high quality creative content in the categories of business, medical, education, industry, travel, architecture, and food. Currently offering over 340,000 images and motion clips online, including royalty-free and rights-managed collections, Blend celebrates ethnic and cultural diversity throughout its unique imagery. Creative professionals can search, license, and download imagery and motion clips directly from http://www.blendimages.com. Blend Images is based in Las Vegas, NV with offices in Seattle, WA and Culver City (Los Angeles), CA.
About Built Images
Built Images, founded by Jonathan Thomas, is a leading architectural stock media company with offering over 25,000 property-released images for commercial licensing. Built Images is based in San Clemente, CA. http://www.builtimages.com
Visual Connections returns to New York on Thursday, October 27th to stage another free discovery, networking and education event exclusively for buyers and commissioners of photography, footage and illustration. The venue will again be Metropolitan Pavilion, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan.
This is a unique opportunity for creative directors, designers, editors, publishers and producers to find creative inspiration and new providers of assignment and stock visual media; to pick up tips about legal issues, trends and new resources; and network with peers from leading creative and editorial companies.
“Visual Connections brings picture professionals together better than any other regular event I know of.” – Doug Brooks, Image Research Team
22 of the 68 exhibitors are new to Visual Connections New York and represent the full gamut of stock and commissioned photography, motion and illustration. They include artist reps ETC Creative, Illustration USA, Renee Rhyner, and Robert Bacall Reps; 360° panoramas specialist 360Cities; movie and TV archives British Film Institute, British Pathé and CNN Collection; user-generated content specialists EyeEm, Newsflare and Scopio; research tools from Capture, DMLA, Footage.net and Stockindexonline; and many other stock agencies.
Visual Connections is delighted to be working again with Workbook, the leading marketing resource for commercial photographers and illustrators, as the event’s Principal Sponsor.
“Visual Connections gives us the opportunity to take our message about the power of assignment photography and illustration to an entirely new audience,” said Bill Daniels, CEO of Workbook.”
“Visual creatives who routinely use stock benefit from seeing the work of some of the world’s top photographers; and those who mainly commission new content benefit from seeing the wide variety of stock available when time or budgets are tight,” says Deborah Free, Co-President of Visual Connections.
The ever-popular annual Keynote Q&A will focus on the issues surrounding publishing and sourcing visual content on social media platforms. The panel includes two intellectual property attorneys, Nancy Wolff and Bob Stein, with interestingly different perspectives.
The first afternoon session will look at cutting-edge technology to help with finding the right visuals fast. This is followed by presentations by four leading producers and photo/videographers and discussion around how to go about commissioning or producing high quality shoots that combine motion and stills.
The final session is with guest speaker Anna G. Dickson from Google talking about “Navigating the new world of imagery is trickier than it seems.”
Full details and registration for free entry may be found at visualconnections.com/newyork
|The staff at Mary Evans Picture Library is accustomed to seeing the archive’s images used in some unusual places but they have never had a picture appear in outer space – until now.
On his recent mission with the European Space Agency, astronaut Major Tim Peake was photographed signing some of the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins for the Royal Aeronautical Society 150th anniversary stamp issue covers aboard the International Space Station. Mary Evans Picture Library supplied the images from the Royal Aeronautical Society’s collection (which it represents exclusively) for the stamp issue and related philatelic products, and here they are, orbiting the Earth.
“We know our collection is unique,” says Tom Gillmor, Head of Content at Mary Evans Picture Library, “but this latest development makes it truly out of this world.”
Washington, D.C., July 14, 2016 – In the wake of its release of a white paper setting out the key components of a copyright small claims bill, a coalition of visual artist groups commends the attention that this critical issue is now garnering on Capitol Hill. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’s (D-NY) introduction, along with original cosponsor Tom Marino (R-PA), of a bill, H.R. 5757 of a bill establishing a small claims board and the forthcoming introduction by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) of her own version of small claims legislation establishing a small claims tribunal in the Copyright Office, are a welcomed next step in a process that will hopefully result in much-needed legislative relief for photographers, photojournalists, videographers, illustrators, graphic designers, and other visual artists and their licensing representatives. These artists are currently squeezed out of the legal system by the high cost of bringing suit in federal court and have seen their licensing revenues decimated in recent years by the proliferation of copyright infringement, particularly in the online context.
We look forward to working with Representatives Jeffries, Chu and all members of Congress to correct this inequity in America’s copyright system.
Earlier this year, the coalition, which includes the American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA), set forth recommendations with regard to key components in any forthcoming congressional small claims legislation.
Coalition members believe small claims reform to be their top legislative priority and call upon Congress to enact legislation that provides visual artists and other small creators with a viable, affordable alternative to prosecuting copyright infringement in federal court—a prohibitively expensive and little-used option by visual artists. This approach is largely consistent with the legislative recommendations set forth in the “Copyright Small Claims” report released in late 2013 by the U.S. Copyright Office which deserves much credit for its groundbreaking effort in this area.
Cathy Aron, Executive Director of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) said, “Our association supports the creation of a copyright small claims forum to encourage licensing of visual content from legitimate sources. A small claims court should help stem the tide of “right-click” image use as it offers content creators and their representatives a way to effectively enforce copyright and seek appropriate payment. The digital economy needs to work for all participants and this is an essential step forward.
A copy of the visual artists coalition’s white paper is available here.
Erickson Stock announces half of its assignment-quality image collection will be released to a new royalty free pricing model. Erickson Stock has been a premiere boutique for unique stock photos for over 15 years. Covering visual topics such as healthcare stock photos and video, business stock photos and video, family stock photos and video, and many more.
Produced and directed by renowned photographer and artist Jim Erickson, this high-end collection has long been regarded by graphic designers and artists as some of the finest stock imagery in the world. Erickson’s award-winning photography has been said to “illustrate stories with the eye and heart of a photojournalist.’”
This is the first time Erickson Stock images have been offered in the royalty free format with a price point of just $750 per image.
Erickson Stock is the preferred choice for comps, swipes and creative ideas that are persuasive and visually dazzling. Designers seamlessly create their own cohesive, custom-looking campaign with this curated collection that has, until now, been exclusively Rights Managed.
Stock photos can be searched by visiting ericksonstock.com and checking only the “RF Images” checkbox, or simply look for the RF750 watermark on selected images.
Mary Evans Picture Library is delighted that an image of the Thiepval Memorial in the Somme area of France by their photographer Mike St. Maur Sheil has been chosen by the Royal Mail to be included in the latest of their commemorative series of stamps entitled “The Great War 1916”. Mike’s image of the Memorial was taken from the site of Brock’s Benefit Trench east of Mesnil . The Memorial to the Missing was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and is the largest war memorial to the British who died in the Great War, standing almost 50m high.
This is very timely as Mike St. Maur Sheil’s exhibition “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace – Somme 100” is currently on display outside the Guildhall in London and he has just released a stunning new book of the same title, showcasing the images from the exhibition and many more, and which is available here.