The International Photographic Council (IPC), a multinational, non-profit, non-commercial organization, is composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, the IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, through the adoption of a motto, “Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photography, the Universal Language.”
An early major achievement by the IPC took place in 1978 when the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring photography. Industry and government leaders said the stamp would help stimulate greater public interest in photography as a universal communications medium.
In 1983 the United Nations officially recognized the IPC as a Non-Governmental Organization associated with the U.N. Since then, both organizations have co-produced many photographic exhibitions addressing serious and major global issues such as Aging, Population Growth, Endangered Species and other subjects of universal interest. In addition to being displayed at U.N. Headquarters in New York, these exhibitions are circulated to selected international locations.
IPC presents the United Nations Photo Exhibit at the world fair Photokina in Cologne, Germany, September 17-23, 2012, featuring “The United Nations: Decades of Achievement.”
As a photographic industry association, the IPC promotes and encourages photography not only through international exhibitions and conventions, but with scholarships, through key business and professional speakers, and other programs of interest. It is the only photographic industry organization which communicates the benefits of photography outside the industry.
The IPC looks forward to a promising future with a continuation of current programs and development of new and exciting projects.