October 2007

October – perhaps one of the busiest months of the year in our industry! Here’s a little overview of what happened during Photo Plus Expo week (or at least from my perspective):

The week kicked off on Monday 10/15/07 with one of my favorite events – “The Lucie Awards.” This year I decided to get really dressed up, especially as it was being held at the Lincoln Center, instead of the American Airlines Theater on 42nd Street, where it was held for the past 2 years. And, not only did I sport the stilettos, I also had my hair done with a fabulous “up” do, making me so gorgeous that my friends barely recognized me! We walked the “faux” red carpet (myself, Allegra Wilde from Workbook and Monica Cipnic, programs director at Adorama, amongst others) and joined the cocktail crowd inside. Now how could the sponsor, which was Pilsner Urquell, honestly expect all of those New Yorkers to drink “beer” on a glamorous night like that?They want bubbly of a more sophisticated nature, or a glass of red wine, for God’s sake. So after they ran out of red wine in a very short space of time, I found myself with a couple of my photographers, namely Sarah Small and Cyndi Burkhardt, and we strategically placed ourselves on the lines for the bar and ended up with 9 glasses of wine, or something silly like that…

The Show? Oh yes, the show. Well, to be honest, I missed the American Airlines Theater which was more intimate and the impact of the video screens far more satisfactory simply because they were closer.
Lincoln Center was way too large, the auditorium was not filled and the wedding band playing on stage left everyone feeling faintly confused and amused at the same time.

I love the concept of this event and the philosophy behind it, but for my money, last year was better.

Lucie Awards @ Lincoln Center
www.lucieawards.com/007/

On Tuesday 10/16/07 I took my “Creativity & Commerce” panelists out to lunch. This is something I like to do whenever possible. This way they all get to meet one another before the seminar and subsequently they tend to have a much better chemistry on stage.
I took them to “Pershing Square,” which is a really cool place and one of New York’s secrets. Tucked under the bridge on 42nd Street and Park Avenue, it’s the sort of place you can take clients, family or friends. I was first introduced to this place by my pal James Kozyra, Art Buyer @ Y & R.
www.pershingsquare.com/

From there I headed over to the Art Directors’ Club with photographer Kwaku Alston, where I visited with some of my clients as well as meeting some potential new ones as well. I find myself wondering about the value of this event as it seems to be harder and harder to actually get the “creatives” to leave their offices to come and look at portfolios. Fewer people seem to attend each year and it seems that the people that do come are not the heavy-hitters – of course!

ADC Photography Portfolio Review
www.adcglobal.org/adc/events/calendar/

Wednesday 10/17/07 we had our monthly Photo Salon.
I’ve been involved with this group for a couple of years now and I really enjoy the simplicity and purity of the evening. We look at pictures – and that’s it!

The Monthly NY PhotoGroup Salon
@ SoHo Photo Gallery
Presenting the work of
Lonnie Duka
Christine Gatti
Chris Lane
Troy Plota
Jim Reed
Jay Maisel
(subject to change)
See a list of past presenters

Thursday 10/18/07 – Saturday 10/20/07 Photo Plus Expo!

Up at the crack of dawn for Day 1 as my panel “Creativity & Commerce” was at 9:00am – yuck!

Tough time-slot and certainly not my best time of day but we managed just fine and my panelists were all splendid. We had some great feedback – especially from Janice Moses – who is now officially my Number One fan! It was most gratifying to hear such great feedback from an agent who has been in the industry for some time and who was most definitely inspired by the panel.

Photo Plus International Conference + Expo 2007
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
www.photoplusexpo.com/ppe/index.jsp

“Creativity & Commerce” Session TA3 – Sponsored by ADBASE
I moderated a fabulous panel with Kwaku Alston, Kathleen Klech, Enrique Heredia and Lisa Oropallo
www.photoplusexpo.com/ppe/exhibit_hall/conference/conference_info.jsp

The next 3 days were taken up with a whole lot of networking and attending all of the parties, of course!

I also reviewed portolios and websites at the liveBooks booth on all 3 days.

Saturday evening I had a nice relaxing dinner with my buddies from APA, DC – Tina Williams, Renee Comet & Keith Barraclough – we ate at a local restaurant in Greenwich Village, strolled the streets looking for gifts for Tina’s 2 daughters, and then walked over to the Hudson river.

PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards party
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
At Milk Studios

“PhotoShelter a Go Go 2 Party”
Sponsored by PhotoShelter, Altpick, liveBooks and Sammy’s Camera
Thursday, October 18th, 2007
At Lotus Space
www.photoshelter.com/mkt/rsvp

PDN PIX Digital Imaging Awards party
Friday, October 19th, 2007
At Splashlight Studios

Digital Railroad Party with APA National
Friday, October 19th, 2007
At Sandbox Studio

And as if that whole week wasn’t enough, the following week on Wednesday 10/24/07 we had PictureHouse!

I have attended this event for several years now and I have seen it grow and grow. This time though, I did some work for them and on the actual day, I played Michael Brown (the founder) as he was unable to attend this year. The day was long, the rooms were full and the event was buzzing as usual. A must-attend for any picture editor or buyer.

Picturehouse New York 2007
Wednesday, October 24th, 2007
The Puck Building
www.picturehouse.org/event.php?eventID=51