Sunday, October 5, 2008

APA Executive Director Steps Down - Reconnecting With Creative Side

In an e-mail announcement to the membership this morning, APA Executive Director Constance Evans (LinkedIn: Profile) announced she is stepping down as the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of America " to devote full-time to my work as a professional artist - in short, to fulfill a life-long dream."

Evans, who's career spans over 30 years in the field, came on board at a time when the APA was facing challenges, and worked hard to chart a course and bolster relationships with organizations whom could sponsor APA, and help sustain it.
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I have known Constance for several years, and have spoken at her request at several APA-sponsored programs - Pro Sessions: The Business of Photography (NYC), and Pro Sessions: The Business of Photography (Chicago), as well as in March - Best Business Practices for Photographers - at WPPI's annual show in Las Vegas.

Constance has devoted much of her time during her tenure to fighting for photographers - specifically on copyright issues and battling the Orphan Works issue. I spend a great deal of my time here in DC on Capitol Hill, and more than once I'd pass her going through x-ray machines, walking alongside congressional office buildings, and also in the Capitol itself. I know that Constance was fighting for you, and doing so tirelessly. Fortunately, the photographic community will benefit from her knowledgebase, as she notes in her departure announcement "...we're not done yet. To be sure, l will continue working with the individuals and organizations that are allied with APA's position on the Orphan Works front."

I wish Constance well in her future endeavors as an artist, or wherever she may find herself.

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