In Memoriam: Masayuki (Mike)
International photo industry expert and Studio Photography & Design contributor Masayuki (Mike) Ono passed away in June at the age of 76.
Mr. Ono was a freelance reporter covering international events for Japanese photo trade publications. He also contributed stories about international weddings to Studio Photography & Design. He died on June 21 of acute heart failure. He will be greatly missed.
Epson Touts Portrait Printing System
Epson America Inc recently unveiled the new Epson Gemini Professional Portrait Printing System, which the company boasts will "revolutionize the portrait photography market" by reducing portrait photographers' dependence on labs.
The system combines high-end image quality, Epson Archival inks, media handling capabilities, and ease of use, which Epson predicts will give portrait photographers a viable printing alternative to their traditional color labs.
The Gemini system will allow photographers to print portraits on media up to 13"x19" in their own studios, giving them increased control over the production of prints and faster turnaround time, as well as more choices for media. The system is designed for small- to mid-size wedding portrait photography studios averaging 100-200 8"x10" prints each month.
Epson unveiled the system at the PPA's Imaging 2001 trade show in Rosemont, Illinois, in August. The system will be available for lease on a cost-per-print basis in the first quarter of 2002.
Minolta Cameras Capture Honors
The Minolta DiMAGE 7 and Maxxum 7 have won the Technical Image Press Association Awards for "Best Digital Prosumer Camera" and "Best Photo SLR Camera," respectively, for the year 2001-2002."
In addition, Minolta's Maxxum 7 has been awarded "European Camera of the Year 2001-2002" from the European Imaging and Sound Association and "Camera Grand Prix 2001" by the Japan Camera Press Club.
The United States women's 4x100 meters relay team share a laugh during their victory lap after winning the gold at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) Female Athletes Featured in "Game Face"
"Game Face: What Does a Female Athlete Look Like?" an exhibition of 139 photographs that explores the beauty and importance of girls and women in sports, is on view at the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building through January 2, 2002.
The images in "Game Face" are drawn from the work of more than 100 of the best American photographers, from acclaimed artists such as Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams, to unidentified photojournalists. They range in style and substance from a sepia-toned portrait of a corseted lady with a bicycle in the 1890s to a full-color action shot of soccer star Brandi Chastain rejoicing in victory.
For more information, visit http://gamefaceonline.org.
Kodak Honors Inkjet Innovators
Kodak Professional, the Eastman Kodak Company division that provides total large-format inkjet solutions—among other pro products and services—will honor creative imaging professionals for their work in large-format image output at the Second Annual Innovator Awards. The awards, which will be handed out at Seybold 2001 in San Francisco, September 24-28, will showcase imaging pros for their innovative applications in large-format inkjet printing.
The grand prize winner will receive a free trip to the Seybold show and $1,500 worth of Kodak Professional inkjet media. Contest submissions will be displayed at Seybold.