APA/LA Special Event May 10: “There’s Always Room at the Top: How To Get There and Stay There”

Advertising Photographers of America’s Los Angeles Chapter has a rich roster of offerings, including this upcoming panel.

“Get a first-hand look into the personalities of two top photographers and one emerging photographer who’s on the path to success. Gain insight into their individual journeys—what they did to get to the top and what it takes to stay there. Topics for discussion include: the strategies they use, their achievements and most importantly, their ability to stay true to themselves, even in tough and challenging times.”

The panel will be moderated by DEBRA WEISS.
Debra has been an agent for some of the top names in the business, a consultant for Black Book and did a stint as CEO of APA National. Besides lecturing, seminars and moderating panels, she now primarily works with photographers one-on-one and guides a photographer’s career as an artist and a business. Debra presents seminars annually at PhotoPlus Expo and is a frequent guest speaker at Art Center College of Design. She recently curated an exhibit of the Best of The International Photography Awards 2005, which has traveled to nine countries. Debra is curator of the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) Coalition Web site and is also the PLUS Industry Committee Coordinator.

Photographers participating on the panel will be Mark Leibowitz, Douglas Menuez and Glen Wexler.

After graduating Stanford University in 1998 with a degree in Economics and working as an international business consultant in Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires MARK LEIBOWITZ returned to the United States to pursue a career in photography. In the few short years he’s has been in business he has shot for a diverse group of magazines including Bloomingdale’s Magazine, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Health, Teen Vogue, Glamour, Wired and Men’s Health. His photographs were recently featured on the cover and in 40 pages of Max Germany’s Red Hot Rio Issue. Over the last five seasons, Mark has photographed backstage at the New York, Milan and Paris women’s Ready-to-Wear fashion shows exclusively for Glamour. He has recently returned from South Africa and 25 days of shooting for a coffee table book slated for an October publication date.

DOUGLAS MENUEZ began his multi-award winning career covering major news stories including the famine in Ethiopia, the destruction of the Amazon, the AIDS crisis, drug wars, presidential campaigns, the Olympics, five Super Bowls and the World Series. His portraits range from famous presidents and movie stars to famous nuns. Menuez has participated in nine “Day In The Life Books” including “A Day in The Life of Africa”, for which he shot the cover. He recently published “Heaven, Earth, Tequila” and is finishing a book on AIDS orphans in Uganda. His work on a multitude of global advertising campaigns is widely honored. Menuez documented the rise of the Silicon Valley, and this work, along with his entire archive, has been acquired by the Stanford University Library for their collection.

GLEN WEXLER is an award winning photographic artist well known for pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, creating digitally enhanced photo illustrations of manufactured or altered realities. His images are exhibited internationally, appearing on nearly 300 album covers, and on countless advertising campaigns.

Location for this seminar:
Thursday May 10, 2007
Anthony Nex Studio
3221 Hutchison Ave., Los Angeles 90034

Cost for this seminar:
APA Members – $45 Advanced ($55 day of/door)
ASMP, EP, LADig & Students – $55 Advanced ($65 day of/door)
Non Members – $65


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