Redondo Beach, CA—The ASPP National Board selected Edward Whitley, president of the Bridgeman Art Library International, as the recipient of their 2012 Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award.
Award recipients are current ASPP members who have established significant contributions to photography, made a single outstanding achievement or provided continuing service to ASPP and its members. The award was renamed in 2007 in remembrance of Jane Kinne, longtime and revered advocate for the professional photography industry.
Edward Whitley has been with Bridgeman since 1995, having started as a researcher in their London office and working his way up to management. In 1999, Bridgeman transferred him from London to New York to head up the fledgling U.S. office. He became president in 2007 and continues to manage the New York office.
A member of ASPP since 2006 and a longtime patron of the industry, Whitley has supported the association both as a volunteer and through sponsorships and consistent advertising in ASPP’s quarterly magazine, The Picture Professional. For almost a decade, Whitley and the Bridgeman Art Library have played hosts to the highly attended ASPP summer party, donating much of their time, resources and financial backing to this event and others.
While always fair and reasonable, Whitley is known to stand firm in his conviction for the rights of picture suppliers, and he works diligently to maintain Bridgeman’s reputation in the industry.
ASPP National’s president, Michael Masterson, will present Whitley with the award in New York at the chapter’s annual holiday celebration. aspp.com