ABOUT APA|New York
APA|NY is the Northeast regional chapter of American Photographic Artists (APA) the country’s leading non-profit advocate for commercial photographers. We organize events, negotiate benefits for our members, hold seminars, promote our members’ work, organize photo contests, and much more.
APA’s mission is Successful Photographers.
Our goal is to establish, endorse and promote professional practices, standards and ethics in the photographic community. We seek to mentor, motivate, educate and inspire in the pursuit of excellence. Our aim is to champion and speak as one common voice for image makers to the photographic industry in the United States and the World.
If you are a professional/emerging/aspiring/student photographer based in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, get in touch and find out how joining APA|NY can help you and your business. Find out more about the benefits and requirements of joining HERE
APA|NY Board of Directors
Michael Seto, Co-Chair
Michael Seto is a freelance corporate photographer based in New York City.
Michael specializes in marketing, communications, publicity, and special event imagery for corporate, government, non-profits, and other clients around the world. A passionate and inveterate adventurer, Michael has traveled to all seven continents and over 90 countries.
Ron Jautz, Co-Chair
Ron Jautz has been a professional photographer for over 30 years and has been shooting pictures since he was a kid. He has worked with clients on six continents, in 20 countries, and 48 states. His assignments have taken him from boardrooms at IBM to inner offices in the White House; from the Royal Palace in Warsaw to rock quarries in Virginia. Ron has photographed Presidents and Prime Ministers, Members of Congress and Members of Parliament, movie stars, athletes and CEO's and a lot of unsung heroes from the every-day world.
Bruce Byers, Board Member
Bruce Byers has spent over 35 years perfecting the art of observing. With a wealth of professional experience matched with a sensitive eye, Byers captures his observations photographically with evocative results. The images reflect a range of emotions, immersing the viewer in a world of private moments that most of us would otherwise miss. Unstaged and unstructured, these images reflect spontaneous moments of introspection, isolation, joy, serenity and playfulness. The genuine feelings communicated in Byers work represent the true spirit of life in its everyday guise.
Lisa Saltzman, Board Member
Lisa Saltzman, born and raised in New York, comes from a family of art collectors whose love and passion for art has strongly influenced her photography. She studied extensively at Christies and ICP, concentrating on Impressionist paintings, figure studies and abstract art. In addition to her award-winning fine art work, Lisa has been producing conceptual pieces for commercial and editorial use.
Eric Garcia-March, Board Member
NYC based professional photographer shooting worldwide, specializing in creating dynamic, bold, people-oriented, conceptual photography and moving images. Eric’s images are striking, visually deep and carry a high production value. His international client base includes advertising agencies, fashion houses, editorial publications, luxury brands, and entertainment industry contacts.
Eric Garcia-March’s formal training began in 1995, when he started working with medium and large format film cameras at Brooks Institute of Photography in California. His interest in painting resulted in a BFA in Painting and a Masters degree in Studio Art. Eric moved to Spain in 1999, and in 2006, he started teaching Advertising Photography, Portrait Photography and Fashion Photography at a University near Barcelona.
Travis Keyes, Chapter Representative & Board Member
Having forged his path into the world of photography after a career in nightlife and entertainment, Travis brings a sharp and unique aesthetic to his photography. Discovering a new sense of happiness and fulfillment in his work, Travis founded Travis W Keyes Photography and EventsOne photography in 2014. He has been focused on growing his business, craft and client list ever since. With a quick look at his work (a who's who in fashion and celebrities), one can see why he is always in high demand.
Sharlene Morris, Board Member (on leave)
ABOUT American Photographic Artists
American Photographic Artists (APA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit association for professional photographers.
The American Photographic Artists is a leading national organization run by and for professional photographers. With a culture that promotes a spirit of mutual cooperation, sharing and support, APA offers outstanding benefits, educational programs and essential business resources to help its members achieve their professional and artistic goals. Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Charlotte, the Northwest and Washington, DC, APA strives to improve the environment for photographic artists and clear the pathways to success in the industry. Recognized for its broad industry reach, APA continues to expand benefits for its members and works to champion the rights of photographers and image-makers worldwide.
Members include professional photographers, photo assistants, educators, and students. We also welcome professionals engaged in fields associated with photography, advertising, or visual arts but who themselves are not professional photographers. Membership types can be found HERE, frequently asked questions HERE.
APA began in 1981 as Advertising Photographers of America. In June 2010, the name was changed to American Photographic Artists the reflect the growing diversity of our membership.
Our founding members, educated through the school of hard-knocks, started APA with the vision of mentoring the next generation of visual communicators. Now in our fourth decade, APA provides the tools that help members navigate the complex world of commercial photography and run a smarter, more creative and profitable business.
Original board members included; Russell Kirk, John Pilgreen, Michael Raab, Larry Robins, Jim Salzano, Steve Steigman, Bill Stetner and Michael Weinberg. In June 2010, the name was changed to reflect its growing need for a moniker that more accurately represents is current and future membership. Whether one is an advertising photographer, editorial, fine art, landscape, architectural shooter, or any kind of photographer, affiliate or assistant whose commerce is the uniquely crafted image, then American Photographic Artists, still known as APA, is the organization which aspires to support your success in the photographic arts.