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For Immediate Release
November 6, 2007

Photographer Registry

The Photographer Registry,, is an online photographer database maintained as a free service (for photographers as well as consumers) by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Alliance for Visual Artist (AVA), working closely with other photographic associations, such as American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Editorial Photographers (EP) and Photo Marketing Association International (PMA).

Rather than focusing on the photo, the Photographer Registry focuses on the photographer. With it, photographers can keep their contact information current, choose what information to display, and identify their heirs specifying how reproduction requests can be handled. This information will help because a consumer often only remembers where a photo was done, or the old address or phone number of the photographer. But all too often, the photographer might have closed their business, moved, or be deceased.

The goal of this service is to reduce copyright infringement of photographic works by making it easy for photographers to be found and contacted for permission. An added purpose of the Photographer Registry is to help retailers defend photographer copyrights. By making it easer to find a copyright owner we are helping retailers deal with overbearing customers.

You can take advantage of the Photographer’s Registry in two simple steps:

  • Go to and create an account. It’s free.
  • Customize and update your information before activating the account.

To search the Registry, visit the website and enter one or more of the search criteria. Remember, whether you are creating an account or searching the registry it is done at no cost to you!

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