Congrats Jerry!

Tonight at the 2008 Holiday Party for the American Society of Picture Professionals, Jerry Tavin will be awarded the Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year Award!

Devin Wheeler
Photo Credit: Devin Wheeler

Press Release from ASPP:
The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) is pleased to name Jerry Tavin as its 2008 Picture Professional of the Year. The award will be presented at an ASPP event in New York City in December.

Jerry follows in the footsteps of previous award winners: Jane Kinne, Larry Levin, Anita Duncan, Niki Barrie, and Nancy Wolff, who all fulfilled the following criteria: being a current ASPP member who has demonstrated one or more of the following qualities — significant contributions to photography, a single outstanding achievement and long-time service to the association or its members. Executive Director, Cathy Sachs, says “If anyone has demonstrated long-time service to our industry it is Jerry. He has touched so many lives and is universally beloved by his colleagues, friends and students whom he has mentored.”

Jerry Tavin has had a long, illustrious career in the photography, travel, music and recruiting industries. He was trained as an attorney, and then founded a successful chain of travel agencies. He later moved to Germany and became a music manager for one of the top jazz singers there. After marrying Janou Pakter, Jerry helped launch her successful global executive search firm 24 years ago.

In 1994 Jerry and Janou created nonstock, a high-end worldwide photography collection that offered an alternative to other more traditional stock agencies. Nonstock represented some 500 advertising, fashion and fine art photographers who contributed more than 40,000 images. The agency was highly respected for its unique, cutting edge and compelling imagery. In addition to establishing worldwide distribution for the nonstock brand, Jerry also represented many other collections for U.S. distribution.

After selling nonstock to PictureArts in 2004, Jerry could have chosen to retire. Instead he continued to work in the photo industry, managing a collection of vintage imagery and then partnering in 2007 with the French agency PhotoAlto to start a new rights-managed online collection called IC Worldwide, an “oasis for distinguished photographers,” which reflects his leadership and vision.

Jerry’s enthusiasm for photography and his entrepreneurial spirit are unmatched in this industry. He has always been an advocate not just for photography, but for the photographers themselves. He is known for his devotion to maintaining the highest standards in the business of stock photography and never compromising on quality and ethics. In addition says long-time admirer, Beate Chelette, “He is genuinely interested in the well-being of those around him and especially his staff and colleagues. He is always willing to share his business expertise and experience openly and lend a helping hand.”

“A really good guy”, “wise, funny, gregarious, musically talented soul” are some of the tributes being paid to Jerry. ASPP Board member, Michael Masterson, reflects the opinion of many colleagues by saying: “In my own experience, Jerry has been a steady friend, ally and mentor, always supportive, caring, enthusiastic and incredibly knowledgeable. There is no one in our industry that is more deserving of this honor.”

Congrats Jerry!

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