PhotoPlus Expo Educational Seminar Schedule Announced

Photography expo and conferenceThe Nielsen Photo Group (NPG) today announced the schedule for its series of educational seminars during the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, Oct. 24-27, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The educational conference begins on Wednesday, Oct. 24 when the Nielsen Photo Group’s Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) presents WPPI University, a one-day series of seminars designed to sharpen creative and business skills for photographers who want to break out on their own. The WPPI University conference pass ($99 online/$139 onsite) includes access to eight seminars featuring tips, techniques, and insight to marketing your brand, promoting your services, and building a successful photography business.

Attendees who register for WPPI University will also receive a 3-day pass to PhotoPlus Expo (Oct. 25-27) and complimentary admission to all keynote presentations.

The PhotoPlus Conference offers more than 90 educational seminars and hands-on labs for attendees to hone their skills, learn new techniques, and participate in discussions with some of the most respected, successful and visually creative photographers and digital image-makers in the world, including: Gregory Heisler, John Paul Caponigro, Mary Virginia Swanson, Corey Rich, Bambi Cantrell, Chris Rainier, Ed Kashi, Julianne Kost, and Michael Grecco, to name a few.

Conference passes may be purchased in advance in a variety of options: Conference À la Carte (priced individually), One Day Conference ($185 online/$220 onsite) or Full Conference, Oct. 25-27 ($475 online/$510 onsite). All conference passes include free admission to the Test Drive Rally on Wednesday evening, a three-day Expo pass and complimentary admission to all keynote presentations.

Conference information is available online now, searchable by date, title, track or speaker name. To register for the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, visit the registration page.

Luminance 2012 Explores the Future of Photography Creation and Consumption

PhotoShelter is hosting Luminance 2012, a new conference being held Sept. 12-13 at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City that the company says will bring leading voices from across industries to explore the intersection of business, technology, culture, and photography.

Photography conference in New York CityLuminance 2012 speakers include leaders from Behance, Blurb, Facebook, Google, 20×200, Tumblr and other companies that are driving massive changes in today’s photo landscape. Limited early bird registration discounts are available now at

Speakers at Luminance 2012 will each deliver 20 minute talks (plus Q&A) in their area of expertise.

Speakers include:

An optional, limited attendance photography workshop will also be held on Sept. 11 at Root Drive-In Studios, with renowned pro photographers Zack Arias, Corey Rich, and Robert Seale. In addition, the Luminance #ilovephotography Party will be held the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 12 at a location to be announced.

Prices are $249 for Conference & Workshop (General Admission), $149 for Conference Only (General Admission), $99 for Workshop Only (General Admission), $99 for Conference & Workshop (Full-time Student) and $49 for Conference Only (Full-time Student).

“Luminance 2012 will be an opportunity for the community to come together around a new topic of discussion that isn’t strictly gear or technique,” said Murabayashi. “It’s a chance to engage in a dialogue with others who are creating the technology that’s driving massive shifts in the photography landscape, to learn from each other, and get inspired about what is still to come for this medium we all both love with passion and equally depend on for our business and livelihood.”

A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved for Luminance 2012 attendees. Learn more about conference logistics and register to attend at

Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking and Slavery through Photography and Print

Steven James Collins, a professional photographer based in San Francisco, aims to help eradicate the scourge of human trafficking and modern day slavery by raising awareness through a traveling photography exhibition that begins this Saturday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the HourGlass Art & Wine Gallery in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Human trafficking and slavery photo exhibition
The traveling Modern Day Slavery Awareness Photo Exhibit by Steven James Collins Photography was previewed at the Oscars Gifting Suite. The Sunset Photo Metallic Paper prints were signed by celebrities who viewed the presentation at the event.

The Modern Day Slavery Awareness Photo Exhibit has been printed on LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper, donated by LexJet to help support the goals of the project, and printed by Sam Hoffman on a Canon iPF8300, owner of LightSource San Francisco. The exhibit features 21 large iconic and luminescent images created by Collins to represent the horrors of human trafficking and slavery.

“Just as important as the content itself is the delivery medium on which it is displayed. We feel blessed to have found the LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper as the medium,” says Collins. “The impact is exponentially greater to our viewing audience with this product. These images reach out of the paper and grab you from the first glance. And believe me, this is not just our professional opinion; the feedback we already have received of how unique and powerful the prints are on this paper has been nothing short of remarkable. We are so exceedingly happy to have LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper as the visual backbone of this vital cause”

The Modern Day Slavery Awareness Photo Exhibit will be showcased at the HourGlass Art & Wine Gallery from May 19 through June 9. From there, the exhibit plans to travel to San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles, New York City and Maysville, Ky., home of the National Underground Railroad Museum. Other dates and locations are being negotiated with galleries and museums across the U.S., as well as plans to take the exhibit to international venues.

It is estimated that 10 to 30 million people are in some form of slavery (debt bondage, sex slavery, child soldiers and labor slavery); 75 percent of those in bondage are female and more than 50 percent are children. Sex trafficking is the most common form of modern slavery and is the fastest growing and second-largest existing crime worldwide.

The premier of the Modern Day Slavery Awareness Photo Exhibit on Saturday, May 19 at HourGlass Art & Wine will include a press preview from 3-5 p.m., a VIP cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m., presentations by activists Dr. Ken Morris and Aaron Cohen from 8-9 p.m., as well as talks by Collins and spokesperson Shannon Johnson.

“Our team’s philosophy is rooted in the basic human need for the connection and love we feel for our families. For us, activism stems from rejoining families torn apart,” states the Team Philosophy and Goals of the exhibition. “Once you’re aware of the horrors other families are enduring, such as daughters or sons being kidnapped, raped, tortured and forced into underage sex slavery debt bondage/labor, how can we not take action?”

For more information about the traveling exhibit, how you can help, and updates on the dates and venues of future exhibitions, go to For more information about LexJet, go to and the print provider, LightSource SanFrancisco, go to

Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Competition Underway

Hearst Corporation – which owns 15 daily and 37 weekly newspapers, hundreds of magazines around the world, cable networks and other information and entertainment holdings – recently announced the Hearst 8 X 10 international photography biennial competition.

International photography competition winnerThe contest is open to all U.S. and international freelance, amateur and professional photographers and students between the ages of 18 and 35. The competition opened on April 2 and all entries must be submitted no later than August 1, 2012. Additional information and submission guidelines can be found at Winners will be announced in January 2013.

Eight judges will review all entries and select the eight award recipients. They include:

  • James Danzinger, owner and founder, The James Danzinger Gallery
  • John Demsey, photography collector and group president, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Alexandra Kotur, creative director, Town & Country
  • Yossi Milo, owner and founder, Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Roberta Myers, editor-in-chief, VP, Brand Content, ELLE
  • Matthew Pillsbury, photographer
  • Yancey Richardson, owner and founder, Yancey Richardson Gallery
  • Timothy White, photographer

The third Hearst 8 X 10 competition will recognize eight winners and will feature their work in two exhibition spaces located in the atrium of Hearst Tower, the company’s New York City headquarters. The tower’s Alexey Brodovitch Gallery and Hearst Gallery will showcase approximately 100 photographs beginning in January 2013 through May 2013. Hearst will publish both digital and print catalogues showcasing works chosen by the eight judges.

From the beginning, Hearst has championed the photography medium, working with such renowned photographers as Richard Avedon, Lillian Bassman, Martin Munkasci and, more recently, Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson and Carter Smith.

“Hearst Corporation has a distinguished legacy of working with legendary photographers dating back to the earliest days of magazine and newspaper publishing,” said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., vice chairman and CEO, Hearst Corporation. “I’m pleased to continue that legacy by discovering and fostering emerging young talent through the Hearst 8 X 10 competition.”

The Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial began in 2009 and garnered more than 1,000 entries from 47 countries.

WPPI Announces Keynote with an Aussie Twist and Seminar Schedule

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announces the complete 2011 keynote presentation and seminar schedule for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the WPPI NYC @ PhotoPlus show. The Expo, will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 27-28 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

For the first time, the Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International (WPPI) show will become an integral part of PhotoPlus Expo, complete with a full expo consisting of leading industry manufacturers and a comprehensive series of seminars, roundtable discussions and a keynote presentation scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, the day before PhotoPlus Expo officially opens.

In addition to the keynote presentation, 15 seminars focused on wedding and portrait photography will be presented by industry icons including Doug Gordon, Jasmine Star, Bambi Cantrell, Ken Sklute, Me Ra Koh, Tamara Lackey, and Lindsay Adler, to name a few, and for the first time, a series of seminars will be presented in Spanish.

To view the entire WPPI NYC seminar schedule for Oct. 26, visit the seminar listing at Seminars can be listed by track, topic, presenter name, and date for easy access and registration.

This year’s keynote speaker, Australian Jerry Ghionis, will share how he has defined his unique style and look over the years, which continues to evolve but doesn’t become predictable. Called Imitate, Emulate and Innovate, Ghionis will explain how he uses inspiration outside the wedding industry to influence his creativity and style. Check out Ghionis’ world-class photography at

WPPI NYC is the first ever WPPI Expo to take place on the East Coast, co-locating with PhotoPlus Expo this fall in new exhibit space at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Attendees who register for WPPI NYC will also have full access to attend the PhotoPlus Expo. The pre-registration rate to attend all WPPI NYC seminars, WPPI NYC Expo and PhotoPlus Expo is $99. On-site registration will be $150. In addition, all registered attendees of the PhotoPlus Expo will have full access to WPPI NYC.

Limited Edition, Lasting Memorial at the September 11 Memorial & Museum

911 images for the September 11 Memorial & Museum

Like most of us, Roberto Rabanne was going about his daily business on September 11, 2001 when the world seemed to shatter in an instant. The difference for Rabanne was that he was in mid-town Manhattan on his way to a fashion shoot, camera in hand, when planes struck the World Trade Center.

Though he didn’t know it at the time, Rabanne would have a new photographic mission in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on New York City. He would capture the horror of that day, but would spend weeks documenting the aftermath, choking down the particles that engulfed the area surrounding the World Trade Center to record history.

“For the first five days I was there at Ground Zero; I didn’t get any sleep and inhaled a lot of the crap in the air, but I needed to focus on it and go forward because it was a historic situation that needed to be documented,” explains Rabanne.

The result was an in-depth study in pictures of not only of the tragedy of that day, but the indomitable human spirit that emerged from the ruins. A few years later, Rabanne and the newly-formed World Trade Center Foundation discussed using Rabanne’s work as an exhibit and a memorial at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum when it opens on the tenth anniversary, this coming Sunday, Sept. 11.

“There are a few images from the collection that encapsulate the story with a sense of brevity. It’s the amount of images that’s hard to edit down, as it is can be with anything, so we decided to choose 12 images that tell the story from beginning to end,” says Rabanne. “I discussed with the curatorial staff about doing something other than the obvious, like a book. I’m a photography collector and I like to see the actual pictures, not just in a book form, and I thought that would have value as a powerful and compelling history, as well as an archival print that you can frame that’s an original from the photographer. Those iconic pictures, like Iwo Jima, they are remarkable in that they captured that slice of history. An important thing for photographers is that decisive moment.”

So, instead of a book, the Foundation agreed with Rabanne, and helped him choose the 12 iconic photos for a limited edition box set of 911. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the box sets would go to the museum. There will also be an exhibit at the museum featuring the 12 photos from the box set. The Special Edition Portfolio is available online at

“The 12 images were carefully chosen by the chief curator of the museum, Jan Seidler Ramirez. One of the toughest things photographers have to deal with is editing their images. She was able to, with professional and careful judgment, choose some powerful images,” says Rabanne.

Printing 911 memorial imagesThe next step was to find the best way to print all the photos. Rabanne wanted to ensure the prints would bring out the details need to tell the story while providing archival durability. After consulting with his LexJet customer specialist, Rob Finkel, Rabanne decided to use LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper as the medium.

LexJet donated the paper used for both the exhibit and the box sets. Canon USA donated inks for Rabanne’s Canon iPF8300. “Thus far it has gone very smoothly, and with the support of Canon and LexJet, it’s a reality. The quality of the paper is excellent, and the machine has been amazing; not a problem, and not a hiccup through the whole process. LexJet was very helpful to help us get the profiles set up right, and we printed in gangs of three-up for a very efficient workflow. The final prints are 13″ x 19″ each,” says Rabanne.