From Picture Business: Clique Q&A with Bert Keppler
Unless you’ve been living in a cave the last 20 years, you have undoubtedly had at least one imaging industry conversation with Herbert Keppler. The International Photographic Council (IPC), a multinational non-profit photography organization of the United Nations honored Herbert Keppler earlier this year for his many years of service to the photography industry with the IPC Annual “Hall of Fame” Award. IPC honored Herbert Keppler because he personifies IPC’s motto: over his long career, Keppler has been dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication. Keppler’s history in photography is well-known and illustrious, spanning seven decades of devotion to the photographic arts, starting at the tender age of six.
Keppler has authored numerous books on photography as well as written numerous columns for a wide variety of photo publications over the years. His background includes graduating from Harvard College and serving as a commanding officer in the Navy. After years as Editorial Director and Publisher of Modern Photography Magazine and Senior Vice President of ABC Leisure Magazines, a division of the American Broadcasting Company, Keppler was most recently Vice President, Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo magazines.
Among the many photography awards Keppler has won, include “The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette,” presented by His Majesty, the Emperor of Japan for his outstanding contributions to the development of the Japanese camera industry and the promotion of understanding between Japan and the United States; the Photo Marketing Hall of Fame in 1985; the Photographic Administrators Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1987; and the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.