History

A first convention was held on campus at the University of Florida in 1933. It was organized by Kodak, and some of the suppliers of photographic equipment and chemistry (yes, chemistry). The attendees decided to form an organization to represent the photographers in attendance from all over Florida. The Florida Photographers Association was officially formed during that convention on May 3, 1933, with approximately 30 members, each paying $2 for their annual dues. Click for the 1933 Convention Program

During WWII, due to gas and food rationing, the FPA did not hold a convention for three full years (’42-’44). They resumed their convention schedule in 1945, forever putting the number of conventions two years behind the actual age of the association (in 1985, the FPP celebrated it’s 50th Convention, even though the association was 52 years old).

In the 1950’s it changed its name to the Florida Professional Photographers and have continued to educate its members through conventions, seminars, and schools.

Just for fun…here’s a news clipping of President Johnson issuing a Proclamation declaring the week of May 2-8, 1965 as “Professional Photography Week.”

Just two years later, Florida Governor Claude Kirk also issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 26 – April 1, 1967 as “Florida Professional Photography Week.”

In 2017, the FPP turned 84 years old and still going strong!

Our Past Presidents

 

  • 2017 – Marti Newkirk
  • 2016 – Carol Walker
  • 2015 – Cindy Strickland
  • 2014 – Jackson Koontz III
  • 2013 – Martin Gudz
  • 2012 – Sandra Pearce McAuley
  • 2011 – Donna Campiz
  • 2010 – Dana Lunden
  • 2009 – Debbie Alcorn
  • 2008 – Cherilyn Nocera
  • 2007 – Kirk Kief
  • 2006 – Al Gordon
  • 2005 – L. Kim Warmolts
  • 2004 – Eric Newhall
  • 2003 – Judy Fish
  • 2002 – Terry Allison
  • 2001 – Tom D. Willhoite
  • 2000 – Kevin E. Newsome
  • 1999 – Minas Frangoulis*
  • 1998 – Marybeth Jackson
  • 1996 & 97 – Jim Abrisch*
  • 1995 – John E. Jernigan
  • 1994 – Bill Snow
  • 1993 – Jerry Perkins*
  • 1992 – Nancy Soles
  • 1991 – Peggy J. McAteer
  • 1990 – Robin H. Phillips
  • 1989 – Al Audleman*
  • 1988 – Steve Ford
  • 1987 – Paul R. Baker
  • 1986 – Luis A. Melendi
  • 1985 – William C. Minarich*
  • 1984 – Helen Ciallella
  • 1983 – William N. Kilborn
  • 1982 – Hal West
  • 1981 – William A. Potthast*
  • 1980 – Arturo H. Morales*
  • 1979 – Bruce M. Evensen
  • 1978 – Raymond Malinowski*
  • 1977 – Claude w. Bass, III

 

  • 1976 – Richard G. Fowler*
  • 1975 – J. Sam Johnson
  • 1974 – Robert W. Fulton*
  • 1973 – Ted Saylor
  • 1972 – Mike Dexter
  • 1971 – Hugh M. Grey, Jr.*
  • 1970 – Joseph E. Maddock*
  • 1969 – Charles Smith*
  • 1968 – Michael Sheldon
  • 1967 – H. Owen Cupit, Jr.*
  • 1966 – Joseph Scheff*
  • 1965 – Frank N. Anderson*
  • 1964 – Orville L. Parker*
  • 1963 – Robert E. Dittrich*
  • 1962 – S. Lane Atkinson*
  • 1961 – Duane M. Herrig*
  • 1960 – Donald M. Schwarm*
  • 1959 – Charles J. Wick*
  • 1958 – Richard E. Hinman*
  • 1957 – Philip H. Graham*
  • 1956 – Richard Phillips*
  • 1955 – Virgil R. Deane
  • 1954 – Jim Jernigan*
  • 1953 – William W. Carnes
  • 1952 – C. W. Dishinger, Jr.*
  • 1951 – Joseph J. Steinmetz*
  • 1950 – Roy N. Green*
  • 1949 – A. Wade Blake*
  • 1948 – Harvey E. Slade*
  • 1947 – C. Vern Klintworth*
  • 1946 – George Sanderson*
  • 1942, 43, 44, & 45 – Howard F. Mohr*
  • 1941 – Al P. Burgett*
  • 1940 – Carle W. Blakeslee*
  • 1939 – Hortense Christenson*
  • 1938 – W. L. Courson*
  • 1937 – W. Earl Burnell*
  • 1935 & 36 – W. L. Courson*
  • 1933 & 34 – C. W. Dishinger*

* Deceased