Photographers & Photography Spotlighted on Capitol Hill

Today (June 23, 2011), professional photographers spoke out about their needs and experiences on Capitol Hill—putting a face on photographic copyrights. That’s why Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Copyright Alliance co-hosted the “Recording Our History: Faces Behind the Camera” briefing for congressmen and their staff.

One of the three PPA members featured in conjunction with this event was renowned wedding photographer Denis Reggie, who represented the association during a panel discussion. Reggie shared not only the craftsmanship and expertise required to be a professional photographer, but also how copyright laws impact his own approach to photography and clients:

“Copyright is the backbone of the creative industries in America—it is our lifeblood. We as a people, as a society, would be far poorer were it not for the copyright protections that encourage creators to do what they do best. As a photographer, I have the opportunity to capture moments in time that will eventually define our world.  Copyright law gives me the ability to invest myself in creating the very best image possible; therefore, it is important to all of us, whether we are creating an image or viewing it.”

The event was the first of many Capitol Hill briefings focusing on photography and the copyright community at large—an effort by PPA and the Copyright Alliance to educate legislators on the importance of maintaining strong copyright laws.

Accomplished photographer and Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker offered the following thoughts on professional photography at today’s event:

“Photography is without a doubt one of the greatest of the arts. It has always baffled me that this particular strand of human artistic expression has struggled so mightily to gain and sustain the recognition it so richly deserves, both by fellow artists and the law.”

A September 2011 photography exhibit in the Russell Senate Office Building will build on the theme of the day’s discussion. This exhibit will feature images contributed by Reggie, PPA President Don Dickson, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, and PPA member Peter Lik, M.Photog., among others.

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