Thomas Werner_ASMP National Board Election Information

I wanted to offer the some of you who do not know me the opportunity to learn more about my work and to make an informed decision regarding the upcoming election. To that end, and I hope in the interest of fairness, I have posted a brief bio, my statement, and a few of the comments from those who have taken the time to send an endorsement. Please do read the ballot page when it is up and running on the ASMP site, and to review all of the comments by the members who have taken the time to provide an endorsement.

As you read through the materials posted below please keep in mind the qualifications as defined by Richard in the prior thread, “National directors, read a lot, listen, ask questions, do research, chair committees and create policy…I as chair and as an ASMP member, want intelligent, critical thinkers who can take the society to the next decade of this changing industry.”

I have always believed in the mission of ASMP, but feel that today more than ever we need to be good caretakers of our organization and our industry. I hope that you will allow me the opportunity to serve on the board, and appreciate your time and support.


Biography – Thomas
Thomas Werner is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors of Science in Communications, The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelors of Art in photography and a film minor, and Long Island University with a Masters of Fine Art in New Media and Performance. He was a scholarship student at The Art Center as well as the speaker at graduation. He lectures and teaches internationally on topics of Photography, Video, Education, Business, and the Art Market. Werner has had the pleasure of working with the United States Department of State as a cultural representative in Russia, been a photography consultant for COACH, and a consultant for Rodale Publishing on special projects regarding contracts, licensing, negotiations and usage. His research is centered in Russia, addressing the need to build cultural bridges while working to help develop creative cultures and innovative economies within the country. To this end he has visited twenty seven cities, conducting numerous lectures and developing numerous projects. He is currently partnering with fourteen cultural organizations to produce the video project Bridge: A Cultural Collaboration in New Media in twenty cities spanning Russia. Thomas has curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally including the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

A fine art and commercial photographer, Thomas’ clients have included: Bank of America, Swiss Re, Courvoisier, Twentieth Century Fox, COACH, The New York Times, E! Television, William Morrow Publishing, Glamour, Face, Forbes and People Magazine among others. Werner is the former owner of Thomas Werner Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea art district, was a two term Director on the National Board of the American Society of Media Photographers, is the former President of ASMP’s 800 member New York Chapter and ASMP Foundation, Co-creator if the ASMP Nationwide Fine Art Specialty Group, Former chair and member of ASMP’s Strategic Research Committee, Founder to ASMP’s Education List Serve, and a current member of the ASMP National Membership and Social Media Committee’s.

A Few Endorsement and Other Comments:
Todd Joyce: Thomas is a leader in the industry as an artist and thinker. Thomas sees the big picture and is not afraid to ask the tough questions. I respect Thomas and believe asmp needs him as a national director.

Shawn Henry: The Board needs strong members who are willing to offer their ideas and opinions regardless of whether those ideas fit the status quo. The Board needs members confident enough in their convictions that theyʼll stand by them in the face of conflict, yet level headed enough that they realize that disagreement doesnʼt signal disengagement. Thomas possesses these qualities in spades, and he is critical to building the strong board that the Society requires for a healthy future. He is the one candidate for whom Iʼd gladly trade my seat.

Gail Mooney: Thomas brings a unique perspective. He sees things in a broader scope, analyzing things from a more global perspective. He would be an asset to the board at a time of change and opportunity.

Tony Gale: Thomas is an extremely hard working, motivated and caring part of the photographic community. He was a fantastic leader of the ASMPNY Steering Committee/Board, when it had been struggling as was a huge reason that New York is such a successful chapter now. He is very informed and aware of the issues facing photographers and the photographic industry and would be a tremendous asset to ASMP on a national level.

John Slemp: Thomas Brings solid business sense, excellent judgment and a world view to the National Board. He has been active in teaching commercial photography practices both in the US and Russia, and is committed to furthering the goals of ASMP. A true visionary, Thomas is a leader that ASMP’s members would be proud to associate with.

Ken Hawkins: Thomas brings a rare, wide spectrum of leadership, creative and business experience to ASMP. He draws from his work and relationships in academia and publications as well as being a noted gallery owner and curator. He is a tireless advocate of our ever-emerging struggles in the field of publication photography.

Tom Dubanowich: Tom understand economic pressures, and evolving image valuations due to “commodity thinking” toward uses ( media). The Fine Art world tests these issues before they impact our industry. Tom offers ASMP a unique opportunity to have forward insight into outside perceptions that directly affect the commercialization of our imagery.

Felicia Perretti: Thomas has a great understanding of today’s need for photography. Applying social media skills along with his experience teaching art students shows a well-rounded background. Other than lecturing, owning Thomas Werner Gallery gives new and experienced artist a chance to exhibit their work. This shows appreciation for the young generation of photographers.

Renee Rosensteel: Since Thomasʼ visit to Pittsburgh I have followed him online. I have admired his dedication to mentoring emerging artists, the way that he embraces and applies technology and his analysis of the image making marketplace. His attitude is forward thinking, inclusive and realistic.

Connie Drapeau Kennedy: Thomas brings a global perspective yet focused attention to his audience or colleague. He’s approachable and extremely knowledgeable. Having worked and taught in several aspects of our industry, Thomas blazes trails – sharing his discoveries. With much in transition ASMP would greatly benefit from his insights, leadership & very quick wit.

Frank Rocco: Thomas brings enthusiasm that is refreshing in the current photography market and is constantly finding ways to help guide ASMP through the inevitable changes in photography. He is one of the key voices in fine art photography and brings with him extensive experience in both fine art and commercial photography.

Holly Bernstein: I had the pleasure of meeting Thomas at Strictly Business 3 in Los Angeles last January. He was, and has continued to be, very approachable and available to offer advice and share his experiences in the business of photography. I followed his career this last year and am impressed with his success and commitment, not only to the business of photography, but to educating young and upcoming photographers. He is a hard working, friendly, successful photographer who serves as both an inspiration to myself, as well as others involved with ASMP. I think he will be a great addition to the board.

Jim Flynn: Thomas has historically been a strong advocate for Photographers rights and education. His experiences both in the boardroom and in the classroom would make him a valuable Director for ASMP.

Liza Voll: A keen interest in educating and enabling photographers so they can successfully attain their career goals, and an inclusive, positive demeanor with a focus on facilitating collaboration and progress among ASMP members, rather than promoting the segregation of established and emerging photographers.

David Arky: I think that Thomas is very dedicated to ASMP’s causes, and has contributed tirelessly to the organization for the past 15 years.

Peter Ogilvie: Experience, Sanity, Fairness, Intelligence

ASMP is and its members are facing a number of important of challenges and opportunities over the next few years. During what will be a frequently difficult time it would be easy to fall back into our comfort zones and hope that old solutions will become new again, but to do so will only exacerbate the problems that face us as individuals and an industry. As we move forward I believe that many of our members are looking to ASMP to provide leadership, insight and vision in terms of the issues that face us, help them better understand emerging business models, and to protect their rights as image makers and content producers. ASMP’s job is not just to advocate, educate and problem solve, but to help identify opportunities for growth and new ways in which our members can expand their careers and survive in new environments. ASMP cannot provide all of the answers, but it can help equip our members with the tools, information, and visibility to necessary to succeed.

To that end we must work to strengthen and support the working photographers who are the core of our organization, while also welcoming and learning from younger photographers who are finding ways to succeed in a changing environment. We must also strengthen chapters and further develop community and information sharing on a local level. Nationally, we need to work on larger issues such as helping members diversify and develop new revenue streams, reviewing contracts that are at the heart of many of our members problems, addressing the democratization of photography, and finding ways to educate a larger photographic base regarding the value of their imagery, among other issues. We must also create an environment in which difficult questions can be raised and discussed, both in the boardroom and with our membership.

It is my hope that my experience working nationally and internationally as an educator, curator, gallerist, grant writer, exhibiting fine art and commercial photographer will provide a diverse and unique perspective that will benefit our membership and our organization as we move forward. I have always believed in the mission of ASMP, but feel that today more than ever we need to be good caretakers of our organization and our industry. I hope that you will give me that opportunity.

Please visit the endorsement link to see endorser’s comments on the ASMP Site.

Endorsements (Note: A handful of these endorsements did not appear on the ballot statement as they arrived the day or two days after the deadline): Todd Joyce, Shawn Henry, Clay Price, Gail Mooney, Jay Klinghorn, Peter Krogh, Frank Rocco, David Zentz, Irene Owsley, Kate Baldwin, Ed McDonald, Joel Zwick, Chris Hollo, David Seide, Peter Ogilvie, Scott Indermaur, Kimberly Blom_Roemer, Ken Hawkins, Kathleen Collins, Forest McMullen, Kevin Lock, Michelle Kawka, Jason Gardner, Salem Krieger, Scott Nidermaier, Connie Halporn, Tom Donely, Dave Durbak, Eric Wessnam, Allen Birnbach, Renee Rosensteel, Ron Gould, Ramon Purcell, Darren Edwards, John Slemp, Rocky Kneten, Jim Salzano, Angela Faria Belt, Tom Dubanowich, David Arky, Connie Drapeau Kennedy, Clark Dever, Hall Puckett, Steve Umland, Angel Burns, Bruce Katz, Dirk Fletcher, Susan May Tell, Jim Flynn, Tony Gale, Christopher Winton-Stahle.

Written Support by Associate members: Liza Voll, Holly Bernstein, Felicia Perretti,

Once again, thank you for your time, patience and consideration.





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