May 31, 2020
For more than 150 years, Professional Photographers of America has stood as the primary educator and defender of the photographic industry. PPA is tasked with creating a better business environment for all photographers, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, education, or social background. However, there are times when it becomes incumbent on all Americans, and the organizations that represent them, to take a stand on other issues that affect our members, their families, and our society generally. We believe this is such a time, and that silence on the obvious social issues confronting us today can never be acceptable.
Like most Americans, we were horrified by the recent events that unfolded in Minneapolis. The death of George Floyd was not just tragic – it was abhorrent. We mourn with those who mourn for his loss. We long for a society that supports the peaceful pursuit of equality and happiness for all citizens. We feel and understand the same outrage felt by so many. Black Lives Matter.
Associations are a microcosm of society as a whole. While activism is a personal choice, we encourage all who are so inclined to participate on a personal level to foster the healing that comes only through empathetic dialogue. We, the members of PPA, can make a difference by engaging each other with respect and understanding.
Photographers play a special role in our society. We are the custodians of our societal memory. We are the keepers of our world, national, and family histories. The images we make will serve society for generations to come. By looking beyond the lens and working together, we can do more than record change – we can help create a fair, safe, and prosperous society for all.
Professional Photographers of America