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Merit Member Brian Valentin

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Current location/For how long: Chicagoland area, Illinois for 35 years
School/Degree received: Elgin Community College, Associates degree in Graphic Design.

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Recent Clients: Currently employed by the Sun Times News Group / Pioneer Press.

How long have you been working professionally?

2½ years

What has been your favorite photographic assignment or project to date?

My favorite projects to date have been multimedia pieces, because they provide another dimension to the storytelling process.

What has been your most challenging photographic assignment or project to date?

The everyday assignments have been the most challenging, because they challenge me to produce a visually compelling image out of everyday events.

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Please describe any special photographic projects or assignments in which you are currently engaged.

I am currently working on a project documenting mixed martial arts fighters.

What is your greatest photographic aspiration?

My greatest photographic aspiration is to master the art of storytelling.

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What is your primary source of news about the photography industry?

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Illinois Press Photographers Association (IPPA), Sportsshooter, A Photo a Day (APAD) and Lightstalkers.

In your opinion, what is the most critical issue affecting photographers today?

Maintaining respect and credibility for the profession.

Were you aware of the ASMP before receiving a Merit Membership?

Unfortunately not.

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Since receiving your Merit Membership, have you taken advantage of any of the resources, services or discounts that ASMP offers to members?

Not yet.

Do you participate in any of the existing ASMP specialty groups or listservs?


Do you belong to other photographic associations or online groups?

Yes, NPPA, IPPA, APAD, and

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What do you consider to be the most valuable aspect of your Merit Membership in the ASMP?

The wealth of business resources.