I’ve been attending the Photo Expo for as long as I can remember, back when it used to be at the old Convention Center at Columbus Circle. It changed over the years, growing in size, moving to Javits and now shrinking, taking up ½ the floor space it used to. That could be yet another sign of the economy, or how the photographic industry has changed over the years – or both.
This year is the first year there will be a Video Pavilion, where manufacturers can showcase their products and attendees can get a glimpse of how the converging industries of photography and video continue to change the paradigm of how we deliver our visual message.
Another profound change on the floor this year is the absence of the Adobe booth. I can’t remember a time when Adobe has not been an exhibitor at Photo Expo. Has the economy played a part in that – or is it another sign of changing times in the photography business?
It will be interesting this year to observe who is exhibiting and what the new “cool” tools are? Like last year when Canon displayed their first hybrid camera the 5D – a still camera that also shoots video – their booth, along with Nikon will be the “main attraction”. Video continues to be the hot topic.
Gone are the manufacturers of lab equipment, along with the last vestiges of film. Gone are Apple and Adobe – maybe next year? Or will next year look more like NAB”s (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Las Vegas as we continue to move from ink and print to electronic delivery?