In the hours and days after Katrina smacked into the Gulf Coast, photographers, and the photo industry at large, responded with characteristic concern and support. Here are but a few examples that came our way:
At press time, some 50 organizations have joined the P.H.O.T.O. Foundation (Photographic Industry Helping Others To Overcome) initiative to help photographers who were victims of Katrina rebuild their businesses. "The P.H.O.T.O. Foundation is one way for our community to help one another. We encourage donations to whatever relief effort individuals feel closest to, whether it's the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or other trusted organization," said Mark Zucker, president of Zookbinders, which launched the initiative. Mail checks to P.H.O.T.O. Foundation (registered as a not-for-profit corporation in Illinois) to P.O. Box 611, Deerfield, IL 60015. To contribute equipment or services, contact Karyn Newman at PHOTOReliefFund@zookbinders.com.
PPA guaranteed $200,000 for the PPA Disaster Relief Fund. "We all watched in shock and sadness as the scope of the damage unfolded, and felt compelled to find a way to directly help members affected by this disaster," said PPA President Ann Monteith. To contribute, send checks payable to PPA Charities to Disaster Relief, c/o Professional Photographers of America, 229 Peachtree St., Suite 2200, Atlanta, GA 30303. Write "Disaster Relief" on checks.
Many readers have shared their stories, images, and fundraising efforts with us:
Allison Earnest (www.allisonearnestphotography.com) told us: "I donated 250 Limited Edition posters of New Orleans. Colorado Springs deejay Craig Coffee lived on the balcony of RumBay's Bourbon Street club for seven days; over $13,000 was raised from the posters. On September 11, someone bought three and handed me a check to the Red Cross for $1,000."
Anne and Bill Holland (www.hollandphotoarts.com/blog/default.asp) directed us to their blog: "New Orleans has been one of our favorite cities, in fact we were married there in 2001. . . For the next six months, all profits from our French Quarter-related prints—see FreshProduce—will go to the Red Cross on your behalf."
Jason Hudson (www.hudsonphotos.com): "I am offering prints for sale from my Digiproofs gallery of New York City and Nevada photographs. Now though the end of the year, all proceeds from these prints will go directly to the Red Cross. Go to www.hudsonphotos.com, click "view proofs," password: newyorkcity.
MJ Wilson (www.tampaphoto.com) told us that Best Friends Society (www.bestfrinds.org)—the largest no-kill animal shelter in the world—needs volunteers and supplies to help with rescued animals. To help, email firstname.lastname@example.org with expertise you're able to provide. Send donations of supplies to: Best Friends Hurricane Relief, c/o Leigh Breland, 1635 Misty Lane, Terry, MS 39170.
Gerald Brimacombe (www.geraldbrimacombe.com): "I was in New Orleans this spring capturing images of this charming city for a book on America's shores. Little did I realize that her lights would soon go out. Perhaps this image of Pirates Alley, in the historic French Quarter, can serve as a symbol of hope for brighter days to come.
Brian K. Crain (www.bkc.photo.com) a New Orleans photographer, wrote: "I just want everyone to remember the beauty of this city at the moment."
Rolando Gomez (www.rolandogomez.com): "I made trips to the Katrina-ravaged areas of Mississippi and Louisiana to help my in-laws and my brother's family. The aftermath reminded me of a combat zone—devastation, deprivation, and destruction. But it was the U.S.A. Unbelievable."
The future of imaging was on display in New York City last month during Canon EXPO 2005, where the global R&D and patent leader showcased a wide range of its current and upcoming technologies. Canon U.S.A. also launched a new corporate slogan for the Americas, "Canon imageANYWARE," representing the company's initiative to create a borderless environment of people, devices, images, and information.
"Canon EXPO 2005 shows the world that our imaging innovation virtually knows no limits," said Joe Adachi, president and chief executive officer of Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With the impact digital advancements have had on imaging technology in recent years, the future holds much promise in enriching our personal and work lives further."
A highlight of the show included the launch of the Canon XL H1, Canon's first High Definition (HD) camcorder for electronic newsgathering, sports and episodic television, as well as documentary and feature filmmaking applications.
Canon EXPO 2005 in New York, held at the Jacob Javits Center, transformed some 150,000 square feet of exhibition space into a dramatic, high-end presentation. Canon EXPO moves on to Paris and Tokyo later this year.