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British Press Photographers Association relaunches

24 February 2003 - EPUK

As a profession, press photography has been pegged just below estate agency in public attitude surveys. Confronted with this perception of the industry the British Press Photographers Association, originally founded in 1984, is once more setting out to represent all press photographers who work in the UK to raise the profile of the profession by promoting and inspiring the highest ethical, technical and creative standards.

The newly revitalised British Press Photographers’ Association (BPPA) has already received nearly 150 applications for membership and reports considerable enthusiasm for the association right across the country. A small committee has been formed on a voluntary basis to drive the association, but the BPPA stresses that that it remains a wholly inclusive and democratic organisation with every member having equal status.

The BPPA has already published three highly acclaimed books under the series title “ASSIGNMENTS”, each coinciding with popular photographic exhibitions. To bring the output of the BPPA members up to date and to showcase the talents of news photographers, a 10 year retrospective book is being planned, to run alongside a major exhibition covering the period of members’ work from 1993-2003.

Chairman and one of the founding members Suresh Karadia says: “We are practically the only country in then world that does not have a press photographers’ body. It is a very exciting time for press photography, and the BPPA has great potential for creating a positive and supportive arena in which to demonstrate work of the highest calibre. This is what our industry needs.”

Membership fees for 2003-2004 have been set at £75 for photographers working for national titles and £35 for those working mainly for regional titles, with membership running annually from March 31st. Further memberships applications are welcomed. The BPPA website is also growing rapidly, with every member entitled to their own page. Other plans include establishing mutually beneficial relationships with key suppliers and arranging some social events in London and in the regions.

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