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Digital Gear in "Bundles"

Photographers looking for a quick way to enter the event imaging or digital portraiture marketplaces can now choose from a range of imaging solutions from Kodak Professional. Kodak Pro is offering a variety of digital cameras, software, and printers in packaged bundles, making it easier, and more affordable, for photographers to make the jump to digital. The company is offering six different solutions-including a choice of software from Kodak's Portraits & More line-priced lower than if purchased separately.
Calumet's Biasotti Calumet Appoints New President
Peter Biasotti has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the Calumet Professional Imaging Group, replacing Kathy Houde, who resigned earlier this year, Calumet officials announced recently. Biasotti becomes only the third president of the company in over 20 years.
Involved in the photographic industry for nearly 30 years, Biasotti joined Calumet in 1985, when the company purchased his PhotoMarketplace retail business In New York City. After working as vice president of sales, Biasotti went on to start up and lead Calumet's Professional Digital Imaging Division in 1997.
"This is a very exciting time to be involved in imagemaking, what with the evolving digital photographic technologies and the continuing need for our traditional photographic processes," Biasotti said.
Calumet is one of the world's largest suppliers of photographic and imaging equipment for the commercial, fine art, portrait, and wedding photography markets.
Water Photographs Wanted for Contest
Photography website PhotoAlley.com is accepting entries for a new photography contest with a water-based theme. For the competition, entitled "Water, Water, Everywhere," PhotoAlley community members may submit images that capture "the beauty, excitement, power, or wonder of water." PhotoAlley will award a $1,000 cash grand prize to the best image received. There will also be a $300 first place prize and a $200 second place prize. The three winning images, as well as 12 honorable mentions, will be featured on the PhotoAlley.com website.
"PhotoAlley's content and community is all about sharing the joy of photography," said president Skip Cohen. "It is so fitting that we recognize their efforts by offering them the chance to compete among their peers and to exhibit their favorite work." For more information on the contest or on becoming a member, visit www.photoalley.com. Membership is free.
Photo by Craig Varjabedian Enchanted Lands on View
The luminous landscapes of fine art photographer Craig Varjabedian will be on display in a new exhibition entitled This Enchanted Land. The show, presented in the Hacienda de los Martinez of the Kit Carson Historic Museums in Taos, New Mexico, features b&w silver gelatin photographs taken at different locales across the state.
Varjabedian is known for his eloquent photographs of the American West and Southwest. The exhibition runs from June 16 through September 23, 2001. An opening reception is scheduled for June 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The photographer will be in attendance. For more information, contact Cindy Lane, studio manager, at 505-983-2934.
Maine Workshops Add Courses
The Maine Photographic Workshops have added several new courses to the 2001 program including: "The Handmade Photograph" and "The Romantic Photograph," led by fine-art photographer Elizabeth Opalenik; and "The Intimate Portrait," a Master Class exploring the human form, by Joyce Tenneson. Michael Grecco, author of The Art of Portrait Photography, will lead a Master Class in "Dramatic Portraits." In July, Amy Arbus will teach the workshop "The Moving Portrait." One- and two-week courses and Master Classes are offered in Rockport, Maine; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; Havana, Cuba; Provence, France; Connemara, Ireland; and Oaxaca, Mexico. For more information, visit www.theworkshops.com.
Caves Spotlighted in Photo Show
A new photography show at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., is shining a light on the often unexplored world of caves. Entitled Caves: A Fragile Wilderness, the exhibition features 40 photographs taken in caves all over the world. The collection of large-format prints includes award-winners from the National Speleological Society's annual photo competitions. The show, which complements the new IMAX film "Journey into Amazing Caves" at the museum, runs through September 30, 2001. For more information, call 202-357-2700.
Baltimore Photographer To Head ASMP
Baltimore photographer Dave Harp has been named the new president of the American Society of Media Photographers, taking over the reins of one of the nation's leading media-related photography trade associations. Harp, a life-long Marylander, operates a commercial and editorial photography business and has a newspaper, magazine, and commercial photography background.
"The ASMP board has agreed that the critical problem facing publication photographers today is the lack of a system which enables them to be a significant market force," Harp said. "To that end, photographers have to build a system that institutionalizes the commerce in copyrights to the benefit of independent creators."
He said time will tell whether a cooperative effort will give shooters clout in the market. He will do everything he can to channel ASMP resources in that direction.
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