Here is a link I found in regards to IFPO.
I remember them in 2000, I believe they were located in Maine USA, (don´t quote me on that, been awhile), as at the time I was doing my copies in a community photo lab in Lewiston, and they had a poster and a link on their website to this organization. Never did anything with them so I cannot say if their legit or not. I had looked at the press card, but it´s not a golden ticket.
I didn’t join, not sure of the magazine, but I didn´t really need the press card they keep talking about. I just read the membership benefits, and I never had a problem with what they have on the list. For accreditation, find a photo agency that is interested in you and your location. It doesn´t have to be AFP, Getty, AP, EFE etc etc, can be smaller ones, and they usually treat you nice and you get to keep your copyrights.
Last week, the president of Spain was in my town for a EU rally for the vote on the constitution, I just found out 1 hour prior, and I raced across town in 30 minutes, and entered the venue for the press desk. I wasn´t on the accreditation list, nor did I have my press cards, at home on my desk, (my bust), just had spain ID and passport with no VISA, and Spain ID is just a student foreign. 8 security guys explaining who I am and who wanted the photos, and 10 minutes later, I was escorted to the platform, and meet the president. Wow, not too much for presidential security here, and I have to jump over the moon for Football accreditation, go figure, and I have editors from Germany and Hong Kong who want football pictures but can´t get me in for the season.
So if you need a press card, or just an editor willing to fax something on your behalf, I think you can find them by just searching for photography agencies to get you the access you need. I´m quite sure Getty doesn´t look at a stringer and asks do you belong, versus do you have the equipment and have the ability to send top quality pictures on time, and it´s something we want.
My 2 bits and a couple more on organizations, I actually really like Lightstalkers for information.
22 Feb 2005 06:02
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