The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography. The awards this year celebrate three people and one organization instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.
Mary Engel, Founder and President of APAG received the Focus Spotlight Award this year.
The Spotlight award is given to an organization “that consistently shines a light on
photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field.”
Judith Thompson, APAG member and Director of the Harold Feinstein Photography Trust presented Mary Engel with her award. Please read her post below and the speech she made about Mary Engel and APAG during the award presentation.
Mary Engel provides an invaluable resource to photographers and their heirs though her organization APAG. She provides important information through meetings and seminars where issues are addressed with intelligence, practicality and expertise.
– Philip Trager
You are really running a great, collegial organization (APAG), The mutual sharing of insights and experiences is invaluable.
– Jon Gartenberg
What is APAG?
The American Photography Archives Group is 501(c)(3) non-profit that is a resource organization for individuals who own or manage a privately held photography archive. Collectively, the group has dealt with everything from archival supplies and copyright infringement to working with photo dealers. Our meetings provide a supportive and lively forum for exchanging experience and knowledge with others who have faced or are facing similar issues. From time to time, guest speakers also share their expertise in intellectual property law, estate planning, appraisals, and other topics vital to managing an archive. See video excerpts from our first panel discussion, and read the article “What To Do With All The Photographs” by Mary Engel.
APAG Board of Directors
President & Founder
Executive Vice President
Vice President and Secretary
Who are our members?
Most of our members have inherited a photography collection from a parent, spouse, or other family member. A few represent foundations that were created to administer a photography archive. There are also many living photographers who are organizing their archives, and preparing to turn over administration of their archive to a family member or institution at a later time. We also have adjunct members from related fields such as archivists and librarians. Visit our membership page to see whose work is represented in APAG, and go to the Photographs page to see some of their photographs and read their biographies.
Dr. Alla Efimova, Director Howard Greenberg, Founder and Owner, Howard Greenberg Gallery www.howardgreenberg.com Marc Jacobson, Attorney Mark Lubell, Executive Director, International Center of Photography www.icp.org Katharine Martinez, Ph.D. Andrew Smith, Owner
Dr. Alla Efimova, Director
Howard Greenberg, Founder and Owner, Howard Greenberg Gallery www.howardgreenberg.com
Marc Jacobson, Attorney
Mark Lubell, Executive Director, International Center of Photography www.icp.org
Katharine Martinez, Ph.D.
Andrew Smith, Owner
Companies/Institutions who participated at the 2015 APAG Seminar
A Curator www.acurator.com
Artist’s Rights Society New York www.arsny.com
Big Flannel www.bigflannel.com
Daylight Books www.daylightbooks.org
Duke University Library http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/documentaryarts/
Kenneth J. Falcon Law www.kjfalconlaw.com
Getty Images www.gettyimages.com
The Huntington www.huntington.com
KPF Digital www.kpfdigital.com
Robin Moore www.robinmooreLegacies.com
Jennifer Stoots www.photostoots.com
Yale University Library http://web.library.yale.edu/building/beinecke-library
How did APAG get started?
Our founder and president, Mary Engel, assumed responsibility for the archive of her mother, photographer and filmmaker Ruth Orkin, when Orkin passed away in 1985. It was a difficult task, with much to learn about intellectual property rights, conservation and preservation, promotion, and the world of photography galleries and dealers. Mary has gained a wealth of knowledge and know-how, and when her father, photojournalist and filmmaker Morris Engel, passed away in 2005, she inherited his archive as well.
Over the years, Mary reached out to others who were in a similar situation and became an informal consultant. As her network of fledgling archive managers grew, so did the demands on her time. She realized that everyone could benefit from each other’s experience, so she started organizing meetings. At first the group was small enough to meet over dinner in a restaurant. Soon, however, more people joined, and a larger, quieter meeting space was needed. Mary arranged for the group to meet at ICP, and the organization has became more structured, holding meetings three or four times a year. In 2011, APAG became a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, and began accepting dues for the first time.
Mary Engel talks about starting APAG.
APAG Panel Discussion
October 28, 2008