NYPPA Life Member Ira Rosenberg, World Journal & Free Press photographer during '67 riot, dies at 99

Ira Rosenberg, a former World Journal & Detroit Free Press photographer who covered the Detroit riot in 1967 as part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team, died Sunday April 10 at the age of 99.

His death, in his home city of Dallas, was due to natural causes, said his daughter, Andrea Rosenberg Rogoff.


The NYPPA would like to welcome 3 new members and 4 reinstated members:

Steve Pfost - Independent Photographer

James Carbone – Independent Photographer

John Paraskevas - Newsday Staff Photographer

Ben Fractenberg - Independent Photographer

Simon Zachary Chetrit - Independent Photographer

Curtis Means - Independent Photographer

Dennis Clark - Independent Photographer


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

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

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.


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.


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 



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