"Life Through A Shutter" A Photography Exhibit presented by The Kent State University Chapter of the NPPA (National Press Photographers Association) and KSU Alumni.
Opening Reception, January 7, 8pm
Exhibit runs through January 28.
A collective portfolio of recent independent and collaborative projects. Including the "24-hours in Portage County" project and several independent student projects that will all be on display.

National Press Photographer's Association - Mission Statement
The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution, in all news media. NPPA encourages photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics. NPPA vigorously promotes freedom of the press in all its forms. To this end, NPPA provides continuing educational programs and fraternalism without bias, as we support and acknowledge the best the profession has to offer.

Our members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry. As of the Fall of 2003, NPPA had over 8,000 paid professional members, about 1,500 paid student members, and nearly 500 life members--bringing the total membership to just over 10,000.

History
The National Press Photographers Association was founded in 1946. In the first issue of National Press Photographer (published in Boston, Mass. in April 1946), an editorial on the front page proclaimed, "With this issue is born a voice, one that has been mute much too long."
t the early history of the NPPA? Purchase a copy of A Voice is Born: The Founding and Early Years of the National Press Photographers

"We're no longer going to permit ourselves to be relegated to the position of unwelcome, but necessary, stepchildren of the Fourth Estate. We've got a voice, finally, and we're going to make use of it. No false modesty. No muffling of that voice under a barrel. We're going to yell so loud -- when the occasion demands, and not just for the fun of hearing ourselves shout -- that those in this country who have been injuring us with scant courtesy will begin to realize that here is a new force to be reckoned with."

In the early years, the struggles included trying to get cameras allowed into the courtrooms and to improve government/media relations. And, in fact, many of the programs that NPPA has today including the "job bureau" as it was then called, an insurance program, "The Complete Book of Press Photography" and programs for "newsreel cameramen" had their start back in the late 1940s.

But they've grown as have many of NPPA's other programs. Today, NPPA hosts five national workshops of various types on everything from general photography and motivation to television photography and technology. Today, NPPA has a Job Information Bank that posts several job openings every week. Today, NPPA has an e-commerce store, an AV Library and publishes materials that are in demand by researchers, students, instructors and photojournalists all over the world.

Membership in NPPA is open to professional news photographers and all others whose occupation has a direct professional relationship with photojournalism. All members receive a monthly copy of News Photographer magazine, The Best of Photojournalism Yearbook and 2 Volume Television Winners' DVD, regional publications, access to the Job Information Bank, discounts on all NPPA programs and eligibility to enter all NPPA contests.

More Info on NPPA can be found at http://www.nppa.org