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ASMP-Tucson News

Mary Virginia Swanson with ASMP Tucson Board Members

Thomas Veneklasen, Martha Lochert, Tom Spitz & Kevin Robinson - after Swanee's Nov. 15, 2017 lecture to a full house of photographers, students and photo educators at the 650 Studios of ASMP Tucson members Martha Lochert, Balfour Walker & Chris Mooney.

Swanee & board members 11.15.17

We're lucky to have this reknown, award-winning educator, consultant, author and lecturer as part of our ASMP Tucson family. 

If you missed her lecture this time, be sure not to pass the opportunuity the next time she speaks!

Swanee lecture to 40 at 650 studios 11.15.17



ASMP Tucson Members Inducted into the AdFed Hall of Fame

At a reception at Hacienda del Sol on September 9, 2017, Balfour Walker and Chris Mooney were inducted into the American Advertising Federation, Tucson - Hall of Fame, with lifetime achievement awards for their decades of stellar commercial and advertising photography. Congratulations, Balf and Chris.

Balf & Chris at the AdFed Hall of Fame induction 9.7.17

ASMP Tucson Member Kim Newton featured in ASMP National's Member Spotlight:

Kim Newton’s Recent Audience with newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in

By July 20, 2017

Member Spotlight, Strictly Business Blog

... This entire story goes to the heart of photojournalism and the power  of an image to have an impact on a society, even 30 years on.

South Korean protests in 1987 (c) Kim Newton

South Korean protest - 1987

Kim Newton in 2017 with subjects of his 1987 protest photo

Back in South Korea - 2017 - with the subjects of his 1987 photo


For the full story, follow this link:


With a thirty-four year career in photojournalism, multimedia and visual journalism, Kim Newton presently teaches Multimedia and Visual Journalism in the School of Journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He travels extensively and teaches summer Study Abroad photojournalism classes in Orvieto, Italy.

ASMP Tucson Member & National Geographic Photographer Bill Hatcher

As part of the Lens on the border lecture series, Bill Hatcher will speak on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Historic Y building at 738 N. 5th Ave. His talk will begin at 7 pm. 






ASMP Tucson Welcomes Newest Board Member Kevin Robinson

Fashion, beauty & fine art photographer Kevin Robinson, based in Marana, joined our board this spring (2016). Thank you, Kevin!

Kevin Robinson b&w head shot 400px





ASMP Tucson Member Featured in ASMP National's Best of 2015 issue of the ASMP Bulletin 

Congratulations to Vicky Stromee for being one of only 24 photographers nationwide included in the honor of inclusion in the October publication of the Best of 2015 by ASMP national.

page from ASMP Best of 2015 featuring Vicky Stromee





ASMP Tucson Welcomes New Board Member

Catrina Briscoe at the 2015 board retreat

Thank you to new ASMP member Catrina Briscoe (seen here at our planning retreat held on Sunday) for stepping up to donate her time in helping on our chapter's board of directors.

Do you want to help too? All ASMP Tucson members are invited to join our board, as well.

2015 Board Officers Welcome The New Year and You!

Board officers at 2014 holiday party

President Tom Spitz, Secretary Martha Lochert & Treasurer Tom Veneklasen are ready to spearhead another year of educational and social events for the members and guests of ASMP Tucson. If you are a current member and would like to join the board, please contact us at any time.

News for 2010!

Welcome Letter! - From Our New President


For those of you who may not know me - let me start with a quick intro. I'm Jennifer Polixenni Brankin and the new ASMP TUCSON chapter president. If I haven't met you yet I look forward to meeting you at one of our next events, I look forward to stepping into this role and putting into practice all the wonderful skills I learnt from being vice president for Amy Blackburn. (Thank you Amy!) OK back to business!!

Here at ASMP TUCSON we are striving to bring you the latest information consolidated in a bi-monthly newsletter. Please, let me know if there is something else you want to see here or any suggestions for future events. This is our chapter and I need you to help me and the board create events that you're passionate about attending and getting involved with. Feel free to email me if you have any suggestions or feedback.

To highlight a few things in this newsletter I want to draw your attention to volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity - they are looking for volunteer photographers for this weekend! There are some fun and interesting events that are coming up in the next few weeks. Take a peek at the newly re-designed ASMP TUCSON website and learn about another great benefit of being an ASMP member!

I look forward to seeing you at our next event and learning to fill these large shoes over the coming year!

Check out the rest of the newsletter here.


Jennifer Polixenni Brankin

ASMP TUCSON Chapter President

(720) 273-8285

Our new web site is live!

Following the overall design guidelines of the National ASMP site, our new web site is live! Our new site features links to content from National, a section of "Local Resource" content specific to the Tucson area, community resources for both creatives and photographers, an improved Member Gallery and larger Home Page images that link to the member's profile on the National site. If you're an ASMP Tucson member and you have not yet submitted new images, please look at the submission guidelines at the end of the Member Gallery page. If you haven't updated your profile on the ASMP National site recently, now's the time! Go to to learn more about the new Find a Photographer features.

A new Chapter President!

In other chapter news, Jennifer Polixenni Brankin is our new chapter president! Jennifer's unique photography meshes photojournalistic style with fashion-photography consciousness. She has extensive experience in both studio photography all the way though to elaborate location shoots, art directing models, and large groups of people. We look forward to Jennifer's vision for ASMP Tucson as she takes the baton from outgoing President Amy Sue Blackburn. Amy will continue to work closely with Jennifer to ensure the momentum gained during Amy's tenure won't be lost.