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Continuing a tradition started years ago, the staff of PTN gathered for a group photo, taken before the holidays last month.

Pictured (left to right) top row: Editor Dan Havlik, Art Director Elizabeth Barbieri, Group Publisher, Cygnus Imaging Group Kathy Schneider, Publisher Elizabeth Hildenbrand, Sales Representative Daphne Williams; (left to right) bottom row: Administrative Assistant Anita Stokes, Managing Editor Diane Berkenfeld, Production Manager Tina Kennedy. (photo by Helene Delillo).

DPS Standard Proposed

In an effort to allow consumers to more easily print images from their digital cameras directly to printers—without the use of a computer; a group of manufacturers have proposed a new industry standard. Tentatively named "DPS," the standard would ensure compatibility across digital cameras and printers, regardless of the manufacturer.

Presently a handful of manufacturers offer cameras that can connect with printers of the same brand, to print digital images sans computer. These proprietary printing solutions limit consumers in the number of home digital printing options they can pursue. Six companies have banded together to advocate the adoption of this new standard—Canon, Hewlett Packard, Seiko Epson, Sony, Fuji and Olympus.

IPC Annual Luncheon

The International Photographic Council will be holding their annual New Year Luncheon on Monday, January 27, 2003. Epson America's President and CEO John Lang will deliver the keynote remarks. Bing Liem, president, Consumer Imaging and Sr. VP, Agfa Corp. will be honored with IPC's Industry Leadership Award. For more information, email James Chung at

Keppler Honored by Japanese Government

Herbert Keppler, VP/publishing director of Popular Photography magazine was honored by the government of Japan for his contributions to the development of the Japanese camera industry and promotion of good will and understanding towards Japan. Keppler received "The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette" during a ceremony in New York City last month.

Pictured below are (l.-r.): Sam Kusumoto, Minolta Corporation Chairman Emeritus and Keppler after he was presented with the award (shown on Keppler's jacket) at a Conferment Ceremony at the residence of Japanese Ambassador Yoshihiro Nishida, Consul General of Japan. (Photo by Steven I. Rosenbaum.)

Upon graduating from Harvard, Keppler joined the editorial staff of Modern Photography magazine. Keppler was instrumental in eliminating a bias against Japanese photographic equipment in the 1950s through his impartial assessment of the cameras and lenses which were at the time dismissed as "cheap and inferior."

Photo Industry Mourns Loss of Tamron's Landau

Bruce Landau, 57, president of Tamron USA, died December 19 in New York. For more than 30 years he served the photo industry. He joined Berkey Marketing Companies in 1970. In 1978 he accepted a position at Bogen Photo Corp., ultimately becoming VP of Sales and Marketing. Landau joined Tamron USA and assumed the position of VP in August 1999. In January 2000, Landau was named president of Tamron USA

Konica & Minolta To Merge; 4,000 Jobs To Be Slashed

Konica Corp. and Minolta Corp. announced plans to join forces, a merger which will result in the elimination of some 4,000 jobs, PTN learned at press time. The merger between two of Japan's biggest camera and office equipment makers is part of an effort to compete with rivals Canon, Fuji Photo Film and Ricoh. The new company, Konica Minolta Holdings, will use the Konica brand for film sales and the Minolta brand for cameras. The layoffs, about 10% of the two companies' combined workforce, will be completed by 2005.


Kodak's D'Amico Promoted

Claudio D'Amico

Claudio D'Amico has been named to the position of Regional Business general manager and vice president, Consumer Imaging, Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAMER) for Eastman Kodak. D'Amico has also been elected as a vice president for Eastman Kodak Company.

"Claudio D'Amico is a highly regarded leader within the company and imaging industry," said Matthias Freund, COO, Consumer Imaging, and a VP of the company. "He has held a number of key leadership positions in Europe, the U.S. and Brazil and brings a depth of experience in the imaging industry to his new position."

Rick Gary Joins Advisory Board

Rick Gary, worldwide operations director, Consumer Imaging Service and Support, Retail Business Segment, Eastman Kodak has joined the advisory board of Association. Gary is responsible for designing and building Eastman Kodak's worldwide service & support infrastructure for the company's Picture Maker kiosks.

The Advisory Board of Association is comprised of Eastman Kodak, British Telecom, NCR, IBM, Elo TouchSystems, Kiosk Information Systems, 3M Microtouch, Factura, NetShift, NeoProducts, Lexmark, Netkey, Swecoin, IQPC/KioskCom and NetWorld.

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