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Drew Carey on NPPA Board of Directors

DURHAM, NC (February 10, 2010) – Television personality and budding photojournalist Drew Carey has accepted an appointment to the National Press Photographers Association’s new national board of directors, NPPA president Bob Carey announced today.

“Budding photojournalist” Well what other qualifications does one need to be a board member. Clint Eastwood played a NAT Geo photographer in a movie, does that qualify him. Ashton Kutcher is a sure bet. I must be living in a dream world.

by Barry D Kirsch at 2010-02-10 20:09:56 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

This gave me a bit of pause also.

What substantial good does either side have to gain? The risk, of course, is to immediately diminish the value of the board itself.

by Mark Ovaska | 11 Feb 2010 15:02 | Orlando, United States | | Report spam→
From what I hear he’s a nice guy with a genuine interest in photojournalism. Many companies and organizations have outside directors so why not the NPPA? He’ll probably be good for some positive publicity (from the outside world) and he’ll be able to entertain at the annual dinners.

by James Colburn | 11 Feb 2010 16:02 | McAllen, Texas, United States | | Report spam→
But what of Mr. Carey’s experience?

With a limited number of directors what does Mr. Carey provide that compliments the other directors so that as a team they posses the greatest strength possible? Doesn’t the NPPA have some substantial concerns to focus limited effort towards?

If I were putting together a board for a member org and were to list the backgrounds/strengths I would like “celebrity” might be on the list but it wouldn’t be very high.

Now if the board is hoping to do a little bit of “who’s line” then I’m all for it. :)

by Mark Ovaska | 11 Feb 2010 17:02 (ed. Feb 11 2010) | Orlando, United States | | Report spam→
What does the NPPA do anymore except publish a magazine, offer credentials that aren’t credentials and push workshops and products?

I mean, for $100 per year, I’ll take the magazine and the directory listing, but c’mon. There’s not much more to them these days.

Sure, many great members, but just not much direction in any direction.

And Drew Carey is indicative of their backwards-thinking. He was a major celebrity a decade ago. Nearly more than a decade ago now. There are plenty of other celebrotographers that are much fresher-faced.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying younger is better. It’s just that since this is obviously a PR stunt, why not make it take on a younger look.

by Will Seberger | 12 Feb 2010 02:02 | Tucson, Arizona, United States | | Report spam→
I guess the mega buck celebrity life is just too unsatisfying for Mr. Carey who just wants to join the low pay or unemployed opportunities of the PJ world. My heart bleeds. Don’t ya just love when celebs do this shit?

by Gregory Sharko | 12 Feb 2010 03:02 (ed. Feb 12 2010) | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Nah, Sharko, it’s just that with the way things are going, the already-rich are the only ones who can possibly afford the $10,000 of equipment he has in that photo alone, the $5,000 (minimum) plane ticket to the match in Germany where that picture was taken and still get by on the $250 he gets paid to make the picture.

I can’t wait until every story is told and/or published by only the ultra rich. That should make things so much better.

by Will Seberger | 12 Feb 2010 05:02 | Tucson, Arizona, United States | | Report spam→

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Barry D Kirsch, Photojournalist Barry D Kirsch
Photojournalist
Tampa, Florida , United States ( TPA )
Mark Ovaska, shoe wear-er-out-er Mark Ovaska
shoe wear-er-out-er
Berlin , Germany
James Colburn, Photographer/Photo Editor James Colburn
Photographer/Photo Editor
Omaha, Nebraska , United States ( OMA )
Will Seberger, Photojournalist Will Seberger
Photojournalist
(Freelance Visual Journalist)
Tucson, Arizona , United States ( TUS )
Gregory Sharko, photographer Gregory Sharko
photographer
Brooklyn, New York , United States ( JFK )


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