The Professional Photographers of Nebraska and it’s Board of Directors are dedicated to uplifting professionalism to the highest of standards, promoting ethical practices within the photographic industry, and educating it’s members through publications, forums, and conferences.
- To unite in common organization those engaged in photography as a profession, and to promote the common business interests and improve business conditions of those engaged in the photography profession.
- To create, foster, promote, and maintain cordial relations and cooperation and interchange of thought and opinion freely among members, and to acquaint the members with advancements in photography through, among other means, the publication of a magazine [blog].
- To regularly conduct shows and conventions which, through the character of the exhibits and the extent of industry products displayed, stimulate interest and demand for, the product and services of the photography profession in general.
- To formulate and maintain ethical standards for the guidance of it’s members in their relations with each other and with the public.
“The world was blind until 1839… and then photography was born.”
Solomon Butcher was the first photographer to set up shop in Custer County Nebraska in 1882. His ‘studio’ was 18×28’ sod shanty with a dirt floor and skylights covered with sheets of cotton. He used a wagon cover as a backdrop. It had several mend holes where the rats had been chewing, but he devised a method to physically move his backdrop during exposures so the patches wouldn’t show. He photographed most of his clients, however, in bright sunlight with their prized possessions in front of their homes. By this time, the knowledge of photography was becoming widespread among the public and competition among photographers began to grow. In order to be profitable, photographers everywhere started realizing the more they knew of the possibilities of their profession, the better they could meet the demands of their patrons (the clients). In 1889, The Nebraska Photographers Association was founded by N.J. Anderson of Wahoo, George Heyn of Omaha, and Reynolds of David City but was unfortunately disbanded during World War II. 1946 marked the beginning of our modern Professional Photographers of Nebraska, which was instrumented by Ivan Matson, former mayor of Kearney. Since the very beginning, Nebraska has been proud to serve our members not only through education, but also by creating a solid platform which enables us to uplift professionalism to the highest of standards.