UPDATE!!!!!! Bill Cunningham, Legendary Times Fashion Photographer, Dies at 87

Photo by Dennis Van Tine

Photo by Dennis Van Tine

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, Dies at the age of 87

Here is a  Link and a story from The New York Times

An Excerpt form the New York Times story, "Bill Cunningham, who turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology on the streets of New York, chronicling an era’s ever-changing social scene for The New York Times by training his busily observant lens on what people wore — stylishly, flamboyantly or just plain sensibly — died on Saturday in Manhattan. He was 87."

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham suffers stroke

Here is a  Link and a story from New York Post

When the New York Times came out on Sunday with no photographs by Bill Cunningham for the first time in decades, it may have marked the end of an era.

Photographer Bill Cunningham Suffers a Stroke

Here is a  Link and a story from PetaPixel 

For the first time in decades, The New York Times was published this past Sunday without any photos by renowned fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. The omission in the Sunday Styles section was because the 87-year-old photographer recently suffered a stroke and is currently in the hospital recovering.

 

The NYPPA would like to welcome 12 new members and 1 reinstated member:

Bess Adler Independent Photographer

Yunghi Kim  – Agency Contact Press Images

Charles Eckert  - Independent Photographer

Anthony Behar - Independent Photographer

Gardiner Anderson - Independent Photographer

Albin Lohr-Jones - Independent Photographer

Zelig Shaul - Independent Photographer

David Trotman-Wilkins - Newsday Deputy Photo Editor

Alan Zale  - Independent Photographer

Paul Zimmermann Independent Photographer

Arnold Miller Newsday-Associate Managing Editor

Jessica Rotkiewicz LittleThings.com

Steven Hirsch Independent Photographer

They were all made members by the NYPPA Board at a vote during the November & December Meeting.

When we see them on the street or at work, lets all congratulate them.

2016 Contest Judging Info

 A young adult, said by police to be autistic, who was apparently on a day trip from a group home, was found floating under the Canarsie Pier in Canarsie Brooklyn,. At first, police thought he was dead, but then, he started flapping his arms and yelling for help. He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital with leg injuries. He lives in a group home on Glenmore and Van Sicklen in East NY Brooklyn. 7-1-15

The NYPPA contest will be judged March 4 and 5, Friday afternoon from 3 to 6pm and Saturday beginning at 9a and running until 6p at the Graduate School of Journalism of CUNY.

On Friday, use the 219 west 40th street entrance.This entrance is closed on weekends, so on Saturday use this address: 230 West 41st.

Members are invited to attend the judging 3p-6p Friday and 9a-conclusion Saturday.

Judges

Steve FineSteve Fine is the photo editor at Flipboard, an app that serves 10 million readers a day. Prior to that, he was the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated for 17 years and before that edited pictures on staff at The New York Times for nine years. He has worked as a freelancer for NBC Sunday Night Football and appeared on HBO’s “Sport in America” documentary.

James K. ColtonJames K. Colton is Editor-at-Large at ZUMA Press and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of zPhotoJournal.com. He began his career in 1972 at the Associated Press. Five years later he joined Newsweek and became their Director of Photography before joining Sports Illustrated as their Photography Editor for 15 years. He was the Jury Chairman for the World Press Photo contest in 2005, received an International Photography Awards “Lucie” for Picture Editor of the Year in 2007, was the recipient of the “Focus” award for Lifetime Achievement by the Griffin Museum in 2010 and has been acknowledged as one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo.

Sue BriskSue Brisk began her fascination with photojournalism using the camera she received from her grandmother. Her passion for photojournalism came from being in Memphis Tennessee during the Martin Luther King assassination and following the turmoil in America during 1968.After pursuing photography in high school she attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. While working at Newsweek's Boston Editorial Bureau, she earned her Master of Science in Print Journalism from Boston University. For 17 years she worked at Sipa Press, the French Agency representing photographers worldwide, followed by a position at the prestigious Magnum Photos as Editorial Director. Ms. Brisk has been a board member of the EugeneSmith Fund. She has been a judge for numerous photographic events such as Pictures of The Year, The Overseas Press Club and the Santa Fe Fellowship Prize amongst others. She has reviewed work at Houston's FotoFest, Santa Fe's Reviews, Portland's PhotoLucida, Fotofusion in West Palm Beach and at The Palm Springs annual Photographic Festival. Her current career freelancing as a visual editor is focused on helping photographers elevate and 're-imagine' their own personal vision. She provides guidance for presentation, selection, editing, and sequencing for portfolios & media publications.

Ezio Petersen, of UPI and a NYPPA member has passed away

Ezio PetersenUPI photographer NYPPA member and radio talk show host passed away on Monday Jan. 25, 2016 in the morning. Condolences to a great guy with a great smile and always great to work with

A nice man with a great laugh and smile who loved Broadway and music just a little more than his photo job in New York. Ezio was a photographer and a lover of musical theater and was even a host of his own radio show. Ezio had become a staffer at the NY Post, but before the 90's ended, he returned to UPI. Ezio, was the shining light each day, and we will miss your humor & gentle voice. Rest In Peace fellow friend and comrade. He was a amazing human being, and left each situation making everyone feeling special.

A memorial service is being planned soon and the NYPPA will pass it along when we know the time and date.

The NYPPA would like to welcome 17 new members and 3 reinstated members:

The NYPPA would like to welcome 17 new members and 3 reinstated members:

Mary Allen- Independent Photographer

Luiz Rampelotto – Europa Newswire-Staff

Neil Miller - Sportsday Chief Photographer

Matt Smith - The Express Times, Lehigh Valley, PA-Staff

David Wexler - Independent Photographer

Dennis Clark - Independent Photographer

Byron Smith - Independent Photographer

Kevin Downs - Independent Photographer

Jeffrey Bachner - Independent Photographer

Dia Dipasupil Independent Photographer

Angus Mordant Independent Photographer

Go Nakamura Independent Photographer

Andrew Katz Independent Photographer

Della Tobias Independent Photographer

Michael Graae Independent Photographer

Jason Antos Independent Photographer

Ronald Smits Independent Photographer

Christina Santucci - TimesLeader Newspapers-Staff

Louis Lanzano Independent Photographer

Jefferson Siegel Independent Photographer

They were all made members by the NYPPA Board at a vote during the November & December Meeting.

When we see them on the street or at work, lets all congratulate them.

2015 Holiday Party

The 2015 NYPPA Holiday Party

Wednesday December 9th, 7pm

Professor Thom's
219 2nd Avenue, Manhattan

 

  • Free to members and to photographers who apply for membership that night
  • $15 spouses & significant others
  • $20 non-members

 

TOYS FOR TOTS: Please bring a new unwrapped toy for this year's charity.

Call (212) 889-6633 for questions.

UPI LEDGEND LARRY DeSANTIS PASSES

We’ve received the sad news that long-time UPI Photos Managing Editor Larry DeSantis has passed away at 85.
Larry, until a recent move to Staten Island, had been a life-long resident of Brooklyn. He was a recipient of the NYPPA “Louie Liotta” Life-time Achievement Award.” The following is an edited version of UPI’s obituary:
Known as a hardscrabble newsman with an eye for outstanding photography and a loving family man with a helping hand for anyone who needed it, DeSantis left a lasting impression on many people around the world.
DeSantis, spent some 40 years making sure only the best photos made it into the public eye and ensuring his photographers worked to their fullest potential. By the time he retired in the early 1990s, he had launched the careers of some of the best photographers today. DeSantis died Saturday after complications from a stroke. 
"Larry really was the best photo editor I ever worked with," said Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly, who later became President Gerald Ford’s White House photographer. "I directly attribute my Pulitzer Prize to his choices."
In the newsroom, the cigar-chomping DeSantis was known for his expertise in picking out the best pictures from rolls of negatives and never mincing words when he thought they were shoddy. He kept photographers on their toes, always pushing them to do better. Photographers, in turn, wanted to impress DeSantis, a tough thing to do at times. He never let anyone make excuses and expected only the best.
When he wasn't working in the newsroom, DeSantis showed just as much exuberance at home. He married his high school sweetheart, AnnMarie, in 1951 and just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. They went on to have three daughters, Barbara, Lorraine and Deborah, who died in 2012.
Daughter Barbara Amari said her father was proud of the work he did, filling their house with photos of him with dignitaries. One of his favorites was a photo of him and AnnMarie greeting President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. 

 

SAVE THE DATE !!! — Thursday August 13th — Summer Get Together at Burger Guru in Brooklyn — FREE for all members

Summer Get Together at Burger Guru in Brooklyn — free for all members — 

All members of the NYPPA are invited to this year’s Summer Get Together at the Burger Guru, 98 Berry St, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The party is Thursday, August 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be free burger sliders fries and an assortment of other food for all our members. Prospective members may sign up that night for membership consideration and free entry to the party.

We also invite members to bring pictures on a disc, thumb drive or anything we might be able to access on a Mac Book Pro to be shown on 50-inch screens. You may also bring short videos to show off to your colleagues. It doesn’t have to be work related. Just for fun.

Come join your fellow photographers for a great night! For more information, email Todd at vicepresident@nyppa.org 

BRADFORD BECKERMAN COURT APPREARANCE FOR ASSAULT ON DAILY NEWS PHOTOGRPAHER

 

On Monday, March 16, just before the 1 p.m. court lunch break  photographer Jefferson Siegel was standing outside a courtroom door, waiting for a defendant to leave. He was on a court assignment for the Daily News.  The defendant left with several people. As the group of 4 or 5 well-dressed, younger-middle-aged people left in a group, one person  launched himself at Siegel  knocking him down and breaking his collarbone and knocking a tooth loose that eventually came out.

The assailant is Bradford Beckerman who once appeared on CNBC as owner of Bradford's Tonics, a high-end Florida juice company whose products are sold in better health food stores.

 His case continues and he is scheduled to be back at Manhattan Criminal Court in July. HERE IS THE LINK

 http://illustratedcourtroom.blogspot.com/2015/05/bradford-beckerman-court-apprearance.html?spref=fb

 

The Centennial Anniversary Gala of The New York Press Photographers Association

The Centennial Anniversary Gala of The New York Press Photographers Association

is being held June 15th, 2015

Dinner and Dancing 

from 7:00 to 11:00 PM

at 

Battery Gardens

1 Battery Place, New York, NY 

Please RSVP to

rsvp@nyppa.org

Members cost is

$125 for one ticket 

$200 per couple

Please RSVP by June 10th 2015

Checks can be mailed to

New York Press Photographers Association
Church St. Station
P.O. Box 3346
New York, N.Y 10008-3346

or

Pay via PAYPAL and email treasurer@nyppa.org

to

New York Press Photographers Association

The NYPPA welcomes 4 new members at the May Meeting

The NYPPA would like to welcome our newest members:

Byron Smith - Photojournalist - BK Court Photographer/NY Post

Dennis A. Clark - Photojournalist - Independent/ NY Post

David Wexler - Photojournalist - Independent/Daily News

Luiz Rampelotto - Photojournalist - Europa Newswire

They were voted in as members at the Board meeting on May 28, 2015.

When we see themon the street or at work, lets congratulate them

NYPPA 100th Anniversary DINNER & DANCE

The Centennial Anniversary Gala of The New York Press Photographers Association

is being held June 15th, 2015

Dinner and Dancing 

from 7:00 to 11:00 PM

at 

Battery Gardens

1 Battery Place, New York, NY 

Please RSVP to

rsvp@nyppa.org

Members cost is

$125 for one ticket 

$200 per couple

Please RSVP by June 10th 2015

Checks can be mailed to

New York Press Photographers Association
Church St. Station
P.O. Box 3346
New York, N.Y 10008-3346

or

Pay via PAYPAL with an email to mailto:treasurer@nyppa.org

to

New York Press Photographers Association

 

Council Bill will Restore Press Parking at Assignments

New York, NY – April 27, 2015
A City Council bill that would allow members of the media to park press vehicles at their assignments is being introduced by City Council Transportation Committee Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan). A press conference will be held on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. to noon to announce this important legislation.
 
News media, including photographers, reporters and broadcasters, is the only commercial enterprise in New York City that has no legal ability to park its vehicles while doing business. The Bloomberg administration took away, without explanation or hearing, the right of the press to park legally at their assignments six years ago.
 
Currently, a member of the press may only park in designated “NYP” zones, some of which are almost always taken by city vehicles or those with bogus placards and fraudulent out-of-state vanity plates (only New York, Connecticut and New Jersey issue NYP to accredited members of the New York press corps). 
 
While the NYPD and its traffic agents have, to their credit, used discretion in writing summonses for press vehicles on major assignments, this is not always the case. While broadcasters and some media outlets have paid these large parking summonses (a drain on already-stretched budgets), which sometimes include towing fees, freelancers suffer the most as they sometimes live paycheck-to-paycheck.
 
“It’s great that City Councilman Rodriguez has responded to our concerns to restore our ability to park at our assignments, “ said Bruce Cotler, President of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), an organization currently celebrating its 100th anniversary. “It’s a long time coming and it will make our news gathering jobs much easier.”
 
“’Joe the Plumber’ has more rights to park in this city than does a member of the press, and we are not only doing business in this, the media capital of the world, but we are also the only constitutionally protected business,” said Todd Maisel, Vice President of the NYPPA. “Right now, the only places we can park legally are in NYP zones, and they are frequently taken by those who have no business parking there. It is a rare occurrence when the NYPD takes action against them. Further, it is also rare when we have an assignment at an NYP location and so we need to be able to park our vehicles, which are our mobile offices with sometimes hundreds of pounds of expensive equipment, without the worry that we may get a large summons or even towed,” he continued.
 
For more than 50 years, members of the press were given the privilege to park at news events. A photographer didn’t have to worry that he or she would go to a shooting, fire or a major press conference and come back to find his or her car ticketed or towed. Now, every press person must worry about his or her vehicle, many of them personally owned cars and trucks, which are vital to their operations. Recently, some members of the media with NYP license plates have, puzzlingly, received summonses while legally parked in NYP zones.
 
While the media has enjoyed a good relationship with the NYPD, it occasionally appears that some members of the department have taken their frustrations out on the media by ticketing press vehicles, thereby hindering their First Amendment freedom and ability to have proper access to news events.
 
Under the stewardship of President Cotler, the New York Press Photographers Association is leading this effort to regain parking for the media. Government Relations Committee Chair Robert Roth is heading negotiations for the pending legislation. “The news business should have at least the same privileges as every other business,” declared Roth.
 
The NYPPA is asking members of the media to show their support by attending this press conference in a moment of solidarity. The legislation will provide relief to media organizations saddled with the additional expense of summons payments, and those photographers and reporters who use their own vehicles on assignments and receive no reimbursement for summonses received on the job.
 
Contact:
 
Bruce Cotler, President (212) 889-6633
Robert Roth, Chair, Government Relations (718) 851-1416
Todd Maisel, Vice President (646) 872-5374
WHO: Members of the New York Press Photographers Association and City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.
WHAT: Rally in advance of proposed legislation to restore parking rights for media vehicles on assignment.
WHERE: Steps of City Hall (enter via East Gate on Park Row.)
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m.