November 2007, (New York, New York)---The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, honored the Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA) during a luncheon at the U.N. in New York City earlier this month.
According to IPC president, James Chung, the PSPA was honored for the “outstanding contributions to our society in human relations, communication, and the advancement of the art of school photography.” Chung noted, “Professional school photographers help inspire our students to develop social responsibility and leadership skills through the simple act of sitting in front of the camera lens for a class picture or graduation photo.”
Ken Strawbridge, PMA president and a past PSPA president, delivered the keynote address. Strawbridge proclaimed that while other parts of the industry may have had slow periods in the recent past, “the school picture industry is alive and well.” He explained that even when times are tough, families still make it a point to purchase their childrens’ school pictures. “We’re stopping time and selling a memory,” he said.
IPC presented Robert Kerr, PSPA president and Tom Crawford, PMA/PSPA staff liaison with the award on behalf of the PSPA.