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Ofoto Helps Customers Get Creative, Web Chat Live From Cuba

Snap Shots

May 2001

Ofoto is now offering several new features - wallet-sized prints, custom-printed cards with personalized messages, and exclusive borders. The new 5x7-inch folded cards are custom-printed on high-quality paper stock and mailed through the CardStore service, which is offered by Ofoto's partner, Touchpoint, Inc.

Parents' number one request to Ofoto has been wallet size prints. Each wallet print measures 2x3-inches and come four to a sheet. Ofoto's exclusive new border designs, including "sloppy borders," join seven categories of borders: Classic, Studio, Nature, Pets, Geetings, Baby, and Love. All of the borders are available in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Visit and to try out the new features.


In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Leica Camera Inc. is supporting a national photography exhibition called "Countdown to Eternity."

The exhibition provides a photographic view of the civil rights leader by photographer Benedict J. Fernandez, who used a Leica M3 camera to capture King throughout the year preceding his assassination on April 4, 1968. Leica is donating two Leica M6 cameras engraved with King's signature to be displayed in the exhibition.

A Leica M6 camera and first edition portfolio of images will be on exhibit at the American Association of Museums' national conference in St. Louis, Mo., from May 6 to 10, 2001 and auctioned off afterwards.

When it comes to travel photography, Rick Sammon, shown here with a vintage DeSoto, has been there, done that. Recently, Rick added a new dimension to his travels — doing a live Web chat, from Cuba no less. This past March, Rick, live from Old Havana, along with RIT professor Denis Defibaugh, live from Rochester, NY, took questions and shared photo tips on According to Kodak, which offers the weekly chats, the Cuba event was one of the most successful to date. Rick's next chat on will be on June 27th at 8 p.m. est. from an underwater hotel in Florida.


QBeo Incorporated is launching a new interactive television service, QBeoTV. QBeoTV features My Photo Gallery, an interactive service that lets broadband subscribers store digital photos in albums, edit images, share slide shows, and order prints.

Available for operator branding, the service provides revenue opportunities from subscription fees, print fulfillment, and photo merchandise. QBeo is also developing additional interactive television services for broadband, compatible with a variety of set-top boxes and operating systems.

The Photographer's Assistant by John Kieffer (ISBN 1-58115-080-6) has been revised and is now available from Allworth Press. Author and Photographer John Kieffer advises would-be assistants how to break into the industry. Everything from camera and lighting equipment to digital photography, stock and marketing oneself as an assistant is covered in this comprehensive book. For more information, visit held their second charity auction of an original fine art photograph. All proceeds from Joyce Tenneson's original Iris print entitled Dasha will go to The Light Warriors, a division of the non-profit Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts. Tenneson's work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions worldwide. She has authored six books, including her latest, Light Warriors. Auction bidding was held through the month of March.

The auction is the second in a series of PhotoAlley charity auctions. For more info., visit


The Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, Maine celebrates its 28th season this year with more than 125 master classes, programs, and workshops. The 2001 catalog with a description of the courses in fine art photography, photojournalism, portraiture, documentary, nature and landscape, travel, fashion, corporate, studio, and location photography is available now. The one and two week courses will be offered this spring, summer, and fall in Rockport; Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; Havana, Cuba; Provence, France; Connemara, Ireland; and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Catalogs are available by calling (877) 577.7700 or e-mailing

Eastman Kodak will discontinue their Kodachrome 25 film later this year. As consumers have recognized improvements in Kodachrome 64 and 200 as well as the Ektachrome family of films, Kodak has seen a significant decline in the use of Kodachrome 25. The company says it can no longer justify production of products with extremely limited usage. Kodak will continue to offer Kodachrome 64 and 200 consumer films.

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