classic Leica O. Leica Launches Classic Replica
Leica announced last month that it has launched a replica version of the classic Leica O, which was originally produced in 1924. The 2000 version is true to the original design of inventors Ernst Leitz II and Oskar Barnack, down to its screw-in base plate. Few of the 31 original cameras in Leica's O series still exist. Those that do are traded at collector's prices—some for over $100,000. Leica's replica will debut in January 2001 at a suggested list price of $2,795.
Lumedyne's New Lineup
Lumedyne will introduce a new lineup of power packs, flash heads, battery packs, and cyclers in 2001 and will overhaul its stock of AC Power supplies. Many of the company's current products will be discontinued on January 1, 2001. The new products, which debuted at Photokina last September, were scheduled for release during Photo Expo East in New York City last month.
For more information, visit www.lumedyne.com.
by Brenda Ann Kenneally Kenneally Wins Smith Grant
Brooklyn photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally has won the prestigious Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography for 2000. The $20,000 grant, presented annually by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund and sponsored by Nikon Inc., recognizes photographers who have demonstrated a commitment to documenting the human condition. Kenneally's photo project, "Money, Power, Respect," documented the legacy of drug use from generation to generation in her Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant. Secondary fellowships of $2,500 each were awarded to Nigel Dickenson of Paris, France, and Francesco Zizola of Rome, Italy.
Photogenic's Shirilla Moves On
John Shirilla, former marketing director for Photogenic Professional Lighting, has left the company to join Universal Electronics Industries as a regional account executive for North America. Universal Electronics is one of the largest manufacturers of professional photographic lighting equipment in the world.
Alchemedia Offers Image Protection
Alchemedia has unveiled a new service to protect digital images on the Internet. Called Clever Content Creator, the Web-based software enables Web site owners whose sites are hosted on Internet Service Providers, to protect images from "Napsterization," or peer-to-peer sharing of digital content. Clever Content Creator will also help to promote image-based commerce by preventing copying, printing, and screen capturing of images.
Hasselblad and Zuga.net Team Up
Hasselblad USA has announced that it will team up with Zuga.net, a leading Internet photographic portal, to create the Hasselblad Collection, an online service that will locate, publish, market, and sell some of the world's best photographs. The project will begin with a worldwide search for exceptional images photographed with Hasselblad cameras. Selected images will then be published in the Hasselblad Collection in the new ZugaGallery, hosted by Zuga.net (www.zuga.net.com). The online collection is scheduled to go live December 15, 2000.
In related news, Zuga.net will form a partnership with More Photos (www.morephotos.com), an Internet photo sales destination, and The Denny Manufacturing Company (www.dennymfg.com), a leading provider of props and backgrounds and a supplier of digital software systems for professional and event photographers. The three companies will integrate marketing plans to better inform the imaging audience about the services they offer, and to provide e-commerce solutions for professional and event photographers.
An Interior view of the newly designed International Center of Photography at Avenue of the Americas and 43rd Street in Manhattan.
© 2000 Norman McGrath ICP Opens Times Square Location
The International Center of Photography opened its new home on November 3 at 1133 Avenue of the Americas, in the heart of midtown Manhattan. ICP is now the only museum in the revitalized Times Square area. The galleries were designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects and showcase more photography than both of ICP's former spaces.
"We are excited about being able to capitalize on our historic presence in midtown in this remarkable, magnificently expanded space," said Raymond J. McGuire, president of ICP's Board of Trustees.
Along with added photography space, the new location includes galleries for new media, spaces for public programs, a café and an expanded museum store. To celebrate the opening, three major exhibitions are on view in the galleries through December 31, 2000: "Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection," "Annie Leibovitz: Women," and "Collected Visions: An Installation by Lorie Novak."
A Ghoulishly Good Time
Studio Photography & Design staff members joined other Cygnus Business Media professionals for "spooktacular" Halloween festivities. The costumed group posed outside the Melville, New York, offices of Cygnus Business Media, publisher of Studio Photography & Design and some 50 other business-to-business magazines.
Actress Uma Thurman displays a Susan Meiselas photograph at the "Room to Grow" benefit auction at Christie's. Nikon Sponsors Benefit Auction