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Everyone's a princess at Photokina

With the help of top makeup artist Ullrich Remus, photographer Guido Karp will once again transform many of the female visitors at this year's photokina into a "Princess for One Day" before taking their photographs. The activity area will be expanded to over 800 square meters for photokina 2008, and there will be up to eight new individual stages for the industrial companies presenting their new products and solutions.

For the first time ever, he'll reveal tips and tricks from the "Guido Karp" business model to professional and up-and-coming photographers in a daily one-hour professional practice workshop held in english. In addition, he'll answer questions in a series of professional get-together talks held during photokina.

Another new feature is the audience's opportunity to photograph the models on the stage, using the new cameras under the guidance of Karp.

Fujifilm incorporates WF Inkjet unit into company

Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. has announced that the Wide Format Inkjet business unit of Fujifilm Hunt Chemicals U.S.A., Inc., is scheduled to become part of Fujifilm U.S.A.'s Imaging Division as of April 1. Moving forward, retailers and professional labs will benefit from the convenience of a single point of order for all imaging hardware and supplies, including wide-format inkjet products.

PMA releases camera phone print guide

The new "Camera Phone Print Guide" from PMA shows consumers how to transfer cameraphone images off their phone and use them just like any other digital photo, as well as encourages the different ways to print these images. The print guide advises consumers about features to look for in cameraphones, such as megapixel sensors, autofocus, zoom, and flash. The guide also explains how Bluetooth, PictBridge, and memory cards aid in moving camera phone images one step closer to prints.

Retailers interested in receiving the "Camera Phone Print Guide" and promoting camera phone prints and customer photo products to their customers can download a PDF of the guide online.

Upload pix from digital camera to blog

Six Apart Ltd., a blogging software and services company, and Eye-Fi, makers of the wireless memory card for digital cameras, have announced that bloggers who use one of Six Apart's blogging platforms can now upload photos directly from their digital camera to their blog using the Eye-Fi Card. Bloggers on Movable Type, TypePad, and Vox can upload images directly to their blogs via their Wi-Fi network, even when their computer is turned off. The Eye-Fi Card also supports more than 20 other photo sharing and printing sites like Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, Facebook, and Photobucket.

Free SEO services from marketing expert

RANDY ZLOBEC has decided to share the SEO wealth. The entrepreneur with a successful internet marketing business and book SEM Gorilla has decided to bestow a complete search engine optimization campaign for the website of one of his lucky newsletter subscribers. The winner will be chosen at random to receive the package (a $25,000 value), which is designed to help increase page rankings for the recipient. Anyone who fits the restrictions and signs up for the newsletter ( before June 2008 is eligible.

PMDA Luncheon covers map issue

The latest PMDA executive forum luncheon was held on March 20 at Ben & Jack's Steak House in New York City. The well-attended event began with introductory comments by past PMDA president James Chung, who introduced the keynote speaker for the afternoon, Philip Moilanen.

Moilanen, legal counsel for the Photo Marketing Association, has been an attorney since 1972, with an emphasis in business counseling and litigation. This background came in handy as Moilanen tried to help the luncheon attendees filter through the topic of the day: the recent Supreme Court decision on MAP (minimum advertising price) and how it will affect retailers around the country.

Despite the seriousness of this complicated issue, Moilanen tried to keep the initial conversation lighthearted. After revealing that he had tried to find a good joke about antitrust laws to break the ice and had failed, he showed a couple of cartoons, the most notable of which underscored Bill Gates' own place in the antitrust arena (let's just say the animation depicted the entrance to heaven as the Pearly "Bill" Gates). To put the recent decision in context, Moilanen discussed antitrust rulings on MAP from lower courts, and then jumped into a conversation about the court's "rule of reason" decision and how retailers could apply that to their own MAP decisions.

After Moilanen's presentation, it was obvious that there's still some research that needs to be done by each company to make their own MAP determination. There was much talk about the differentiation between minimum advertising price and minimum selling price, as well as the differences between interstate and intrastate commerce. A few attendees revealed to us that they were even more confused after the presentation than before, not through any fault of Moilanen, but because of the complicated rules that can vary from state to state, as well as the often open-to-interpretation legislation on this matter.

(Oh, and we were able to find an antitrust joke after all, courtesy of the American Antitrust Institute (retailers, take note): A shopkeeper was dismayed when a brand-new business much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign that read "BEST DEALS!" He was horrified when another competitor opened up on the other side and announced its arrival with an even larger sign that read "LOWEST PRICES!" The shopkeeper panicked-until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop, which read "Main Entrance.")

IPC 10th annual awards luncheon to be held in may

The International photographic Council’s (IPC) ( 10th Annual Awards Luncheon to celebrate May – International Professional Photographer’s Month, will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at the United Nations in New York City. The keynote speaker for the event will be HIRO SAKAI, president and CEO of Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. IPC Leadership Awards will be presented to the following photographers: George Fulton, APA; Judy Herrmann, ASMP; Marty Lavor, WHNPA; Ann Monteith, PPA; and George Davis, PSPA. A Special Lifetime Achievement award will be presented to RAINER SCHMIDT, executive director, German Photoindustrie-Verband e.V.

George Fulton ( is an advertising and print photographer who builds images that create unique brand stories for clients around the world. He is a past national president of the APA.

Judy Herrmann, of Herrmann + Starke ( is a photographer, educator, digital imaging expert, industry leader, speaker, and writer. As an ASMP national director and president, she has turned into an information resource for publication photographers, participated in the development of digital standards and the UPDIG initiative, and created the online community ASMPproAdvice.

In 1982, Marty Lavor ( turned a hobby into a career and became a full-time freelance photojournalist. Since then, he has produced seven books. His works have been published widely; as well as viewed at 35 one-man exhibitions; and are held in private collections worldwide.

For Ann Monteith ( photography was not her first career. Previously she taught high school English, college journalism, and was a PR director. Ann and her husband built a successful business specializing in portraits of families, children, pets, and seniors.

George Davis ( founded Davis Studio, which serves over 30 schools in the NY tri-state area. George and his wife, Peggy, are still active in day-to-day operations.

Hiro Sakai
George Fulton
Judy Herrmann
Marty Lavor
Ann Monteith
George Davis

To reserve a seat for this event, email Priscilla Chu at

CHA winter show makes a splash

It's hard to imagine SUZE ORMAN having time to engage in any type of craft (unless she's into bedazzling money purses), but the financial guru was just one of the big guns who held court at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Convention & Tradeshow in February. More than 14,820 people attended the show, making it the second-best-attended show in CHA history. The show also welcomed 5,754 buyers from more than 61 different countries.

CHA welcomed special keynote speaker and personal finance expert Suze Orman to the stage, where the two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, and motivational speaker entertained the audience as she shared a wealth of practical tips and financial insights.

In addition to Orman's presentation, CHA offered more than 150 classes, workshops, and seminars to show attendees, including a number of creative new programs and streamlined formats. From business-building programs designed to complement each product category on the show floor and new hands-on Demo-nars, to a special "Retailing With Excellence" scrapbook retailing track, inspiring morning General Sessions, new "lunch and learn" series and more, the programs attracted stranding-room crowds and positive feedback from attendees. The 2008 CHA Summer Convention and Trade Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, from July 18–20, 2008.

Quadphoto celebrates 20 big ones, opens miami studio

Usually a 20th anniversary calls for a traditional gift of china and day lilies, but in the case of QuadPhoto (a division of Quad/Graphics, the world's largest privately owned printer) what better way to celebrate than with a brand-new studio. Its state-of-the-art Miami location debuted on January 21, which was also the 20th anniversary of the company. The night's events included food and drink, entertainment, a gallery of QuadPhoto work, and personal tours of the new studio facility.


Scott joins Wynit as VP

ROBERT SCOTT has joined Wynit, Inc., as VP of distribution and logistics. He will oversee the company's warehouse operations in Albany, NY; Memphis, TN; and Fresno, CA. Scott will manage the functional specifications of distribution support and inventory control systems to "increase productivity and effective space utilization while improving inventory accuracy." Scott comes to the company from Ingram Micro.

AAA I maging selects Skrocki as national sales manager

STAN SKROCKI has been appointed national sales manager of AAA Imaging Solutions. Skrocki brings more than 35 years of photo industry experience to his new position. Prior to joining AAA Imaging Solutions, Skrocki spent more than 26 years with the Noritsu America Corporation. During his time at Noritsu, he held a number of positions, including technical service representative, national accounts technical coordinator, sales representative, and remarketing sales manager.

La Course named Pakor national sales manager

Pakor, Inc., has named MARK LA COURSE as its national sales manager-Professional Markets. La Course will be responsible for overall marketing and sales of systems designed for the studio photographer wishing to control his or her own output and expanding market share of both silver-halide and inkjet papers and consumable products to the portrait and commercial imaging lab segment. La Course has more than 20 years of experience in the imaging industry and has held several key positions with companies such as Ilford Imaging USA, Colex Imaging, and Lucht Inc.

Vizio announces executive appointments

VIZIO has made five recent appointments to its executive ranks. Between the months of October 2007 and February 2008: ROB L. BRINKMAN joined VIZIO as the vice president of operations, with operational responsibilities for VIZIO's forward logistics, customer service, and technical support; EUNICE TSENG joined the company as the vice president of management information systems (MIS); JOHN SCHINDLER joined VIZIO as the vice president of new products; KYLE WESCOAT joined the company as VP and CFO; and JOHN MORRISS became part of the VIZIO team on February 18, as the VP of partner management.

Whitech names new marketing coordinator

Tobe J. Fitterman has been named the new marketing coordinator for Whitech USA. Fitterman brings long-term business-to-business marketing, development and communication practices to Whitech. She has previously worked with retailers such as Foot Locker, Giorgio Armani, and Hertz Corp. on national roll outs.