New York photo agency announces its closure

Impact Visuals, the independent, New York-based editorial photo agency, plans to close its doors after 15 years in business.

Members of the cooperative voted to shut it down in the face of increased competition, rising costs and a lack of leadership, according to PDNews.

Founding member Michael Kaufman told PDNews that the agency couldn’t afford to hire an executive director, so it depended upon volunteer members who “didn’t have the skills” to manage it successfully. Kaufman tried to merge the agency with The Image Works of Woodstock, N.Y., but that effort failed.

The agency, which billed itself as, “a photojournalism cooperative for social change,” took on photographers from around the world, including such far-flung nations as Burkina Faso, East Timor and Myannmar. It dealt with subject matter that included AIDS, treatment of ethnic minorities, racism and health issues in the United States and abroad.

“The exact closing date still remains open,” read the agency’s web site in mid-September.

Photo editor Andreas Schindler said photographers with images at Impact Visuals should call (212) 807-6622 to reclaim their work.