NEWS AND NOTES
Lexar on Top of the World
Lexar Media's Professional Series CompactFlash cards were used by photographer and climber Didrik Johnck to chronicle world-class blind athlete-adventurer Erik Weihenmayer's ascent up Mount Elbrus, Russia. Weihenmayer's climb of Mt. Elbrus marked the sixth leg of his Seven Summits conquest to scale the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.
WireImage, one of the official photography wire services covering this year's MTV Movie Awards also used Lexar Media brand CF cards to capture the awards ceremony and backstage action. Action Images PLC, chose Lexar Media CF cards to photograph the FIFA Football World Cup Finals in Korea and Japan. The event happens once every four years. Action Images covers over 3,000 sporting events each year for an international client base.
In related news, Lexar announced the winner of its 'Need Speed?' sweepstakes. Christie VanderLaan won the grand prize Richard Petty 'Experience of a Lifetime' package. The sweepstakes ran from Feb. 1 through May 31.
CA Photobition Labs Sold
Photobition labs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Calif. now have new owners and names. Meisel Visual Imaging, Dallas, Texas purchased the San Francisco Photobition location as well as the Portland, Ore. sales office. The acquisition significantly expands Meisel's capacity, and the lab now has five Lambda printers, more than 60,000 square feet of office space and more than 100 employees. Jacky Andrews will run the San Francisco office as vp and general manager. Andrews was president of Eurocolor Corp. California when it was acquired by Photobition in 2000.
At the Los Angeles location, a group of 10 investors purchased the company; former Photobition executives Guy Claudy, now president and CEO, and John Davies, now senior vice president/sales manager, are the primary owners. Formerly known as Custom Color Services, Photobition Group PLC purchased the lab in June 1999. The name of the lab, post Photobition ownership is now Crush Creative Inc.
Photobition Group PLC went into receivership in October 2001. Many of the Photobition U.S. labs have already been sold; sales for the remaining labs are in negotiations.
The official photographer of the 91st annual San Francisco "Bay to Breakers" race shot the event digitally for the first time this year. Sport Photo, Inc., the race's official photographer utilized SanDisk Ultra CompactFlash cards to record the images. More than 75,000 runners had entered the race, which is the longest consecutively run footrace in the world and is considered to be one of the toughest field tests for both photographers and equipment. Sport Photo, Inc. was founded in 1975, and is known for originating a segment of the photographic sports-related industry.
SanDisk Ultra cards have been used by professional digital photographers around the world to capture such events as Super Bowl XXXVI, the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, the Daytona 500 and Eco-Challenge New Zealand.
"John Jr. Under the President's Desk in the Oval Office," 1963, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Kitty Kelley and the Estate of Stanley Tretick.
Stanley Tretick photographed presidents and celebrities, wars and campaigns. But he achieved international prominence with his intimate and informal portraits of President John F. Kennedy and his children. Stanley Tretick: The Kennedy Years is open at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through October 7, 2002, featuring unforgettable photographs of John and Jackie Kennedy and their children; Kennedy's presidential campaign of 1959-60 as well as pictures from the Korean War. This is the first time that many of Tretick's photographs have been exhibited. For more information regarding the exhibit, visit www.corcoran.org.
Website Virtual Tours
Alpha Virtual, Inc., has launched its Media Services Group to provide an array of web creative services, including digital 360 degree panoramic and still photography, that adds remarkable new "virtual tour" experiences for hotel and timeshare operators. The industry is hoping to attract visitors by adding an element of virtual reality to their websites.
Pentax Corporation Becomes Pentax U.S.A.
The Pentax Corporation officially changed its name to Pentax U.S.A., Inc. on July 15, 2002. The company hopes this change will better identify Pentax's geographical locale and will brand it in a manner more consistent to the other Pentax subsidiaries around the world. Pentax U.S.A., Inc. is one of 24 Pentax subsidiaries around the globe.
Bushnell Acquires Tasco's Intellectual Property
Bushnell Performance Optics has purchased the Tasco trade name and all intellectual property of Tasco Worldwide Inc., providing Bushnell with the worldwide sales and marketing rights of Tasco and Tasco products.