I first met Jane more than 30 years ago, that meeting, and others that followed, had a profound influence on me as a photographer and a stock agency owner. It is not hyperbole to say that Jane was a giant in our industry nor is it an exaggeration to say that she literally influenced the life of every professional photographer working today.
The following comments by Niki Barrie, editor of The Picture Professioanl, remember Jane Kinne; Niki, worked closely with Jane through the ASPP and NANPA. A force in the photography world for more than 50 years, Jane Kinne passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2007, of cardiopulmonary failure as a result of complications from surgery. Services will be private, but Jane's husband, Russ Kinne, has suggested that NANPA members (and others) who want to remember Jane can do so through a donation to the NANPA Foundation.
Best known for her expertise on copyright and other legal issues, Jane served as agent and advisor and mentor for thousands of photographers and other picture professionals. She was an ultimate advocate of photographers' rights. Jane served as director of Photo and Film at the National Audubon Society early in her career. She was president of Photo Researchers , Inc. and Vice President of Comstock.
She received Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Society of Picture Professionals, the North American Nature Photography Association and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA). At the time of her death, Jane was legal chairperson for both ASPP and PACA and the director of Development for NANPA’s Infinity Foundation.