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PRESS RELEASE: Photoshelter to Host First-Ever Industry Town Halls Discussing the Business of Photography in the Digital Era
'Photography 2.0' Speakers Include Over 30 Photographers and Buyers from the Front Lines of American Photography
NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug. 16 -- Photography industry leader PhotoShelter has teamed up with Hewlett-Packard, JPG Magazine, liveBooks, Samy's Camera, X-Rite and others to produce "Photography 2.0," the first-ever series of traveling photography town hall meetings designed to bring together active image buyers and photographers from all sides of the business to discuss the impact of the Internet on their industry. The series will commence in New York City on Sept. 14, with subsequent events to be held in Atlanta, Sept. 17; Chicago, Sept. 19; Portland, OR, Sept. 24; San Francisco, Sept. 26; and the Los Angeles area, Sept. 28. Photographers of any experience level who are interested in the future of commercial photography are encouraged to attend.
"Photography 2.0: The Business of Photography in the Web Era," will feature more than 30 working photographers and image buyers and is expected to be, to date, the most rigorous, challenging and productive debate concerning the issues of online marketing, image selling and distribution. Speakers include: Brittney Blair, Art Director for Chicago Magazine; George Pitts, Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design and former Photography Director at Life magazine; Marnie Beardsley, Global Director of Art Buying, Weiden + Kennedy; Jennifer Miller, former Director of Photography, JANE magazine; Shannon Hall, Photo Director, BlackBook Magazine; Asha Schecter, former Photo Research Editor, The New Yorker; and over 20 photographers including Bill Frakes, Chase Jarvis, Amanda Marsalis, Chris McPherson, Brian Ulrich, Michael Zagaris and many more.
"For the image buying community, the Internet has made accessible a whole population of unknown, yet truly creative and talented, photographers," said Jennifer Miller, former Director of Photography, JANE. "What makes 'Photography 2.0' so exciting is that it will bring together buyers, established photographers and undiscovered talent and hopefully expand boundaries of creativity for commercial photography overall."
Each half-day symposium will be held from 1:30 p.m. and will conclude at 6:15 p.m. with all participants invited to a cocktail reception. The agenda is as follows:
1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 to 2:15 p.m. Welcome
2:15 to 3:15 p.m. DIY: A Career in the Internet Age
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. What Buyers Want to Photographers to Know
4:45 to 5:00 p.m. Special Presentation
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion: The Internet's Impact on Photography
6:15 to 8:00 p.m. Reception
"We designed the format of "Photography 2.0" based on extended conversations with photo buyers and photographers of all types. The symposium is just one of several efforts we will unveil over the course of the next few months to help photographers and image buyers establish a new way of conducting business over the Web," said Allen Murabayashi, CEO of PhotoShelter. "The entire PhotoShelter team is eagerly awaiting 'Photography 2.0' and we look forward to a robust crowd dialogue in all of these cities."
There is no cost to register for Photography 2.0. Space is limited so interested attendees are encouraged to sign up now at http://www.photoshelter.com/citytour.
"It's great to see PhotoShelter creating products and forums that help photographers embrace the Web 2.0 community ethic," said Chase Jarvis, commercial photographer. "I'm a huge believer in anything that empowers my fellow photographers and reminds us what an incredibly exciting time it is to be in this industry."
Dates & Locations
Dates and cities are listed below:
Sept. 14: New York City, Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Sept. 17: Atlanta, 103 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
Sept. 19: Chicago, Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60607
Sept. 24: Portland, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205
Sept. 26: San Francisco, Broadway Studios, 435 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Sept. 28: Los Angeles/Orange County, Samy's Camera Photo Expo, Orange County Fair and Exposition Center Building 16, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Created by photographers in 2005, PhotoShelter has quickly become a trusted partner to the professional photography industry. Over 15,000 working photographers rely on PhotoShelter's Personal Archive system every day to host their online archives, power their Web sites and manage their businesses. With hundreds of new members daily, PhotoShelter is a thriving creative community where advanced technology combines with a native understanding of photographers to power the future of photography online. To become a part of our community, visit http://www.photoshelter.com
(First posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:36 EDT)