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by Elizabeth Friszell


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IPC Marks New Year at UN Luncheon

After a year's break with tradition, following the 9/11 attacks, the International Photographic Council (IPC) returned to the United Nations in New York City on January 27 for its annual New Year Luncheon.

Pictured at the IPC New Year Luncheon are IPC vice president Joe Diliberto, Epson's John Lang, Agfa's Bing Liem, IPC vice president Kathy Schneider, and IPC president James Chung.

The lunch drew many industry professionals including photographers, manufacturers, analysts, and magazine publishers. IPC vice president Kathy Schneider, Cygnus Business Media's group publisher, who organized the program, reminded the gathering of IPC's timely theme of "Peace through understanding, understanding through photography, the universal language."

She then introduced keynote speaker John Lang, president and CEO of Epson America, Inc., whose address, "The Future of at-Home Printing," underscored how far at-homeand in-studioprinting has come.

IPC president James Chung presented the Industry Leadership Award to Bing Liem, president, Consumer Imaging, and senior vice president, Agfa Corporation. Bing, who has been president for two years and with Agfa for some 20 years, was cited for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the imaging industry.

The IPC board thanks Agfa Corp., Nikon Inc., and Cygnus Business Media for their sponsorship support of this event.

PMDA to Honor Four Industry Luminaries at Awards Dinner

Richard Rabinowitz Dr. Albert Edgar Joyce Tenneson Michael L. Worswick

The PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association, Inc. (PMDA) honored three photographic industry leaders and a professional photographer at the PMDA 2003 International Annual Awards Dinner, held Saturday, March 1, during PMA in Las Vegas.

PMDA presented its Person of the Year Award to Richard Rabinowitz, photo industry publisher and producer of television shows and websites about photography.

Other honorees and their awards are as follows:

Technical Achievement Award: Dr. Albert Edgar, co-founder of Applied Science Fiction and its chief scientist

Professional Photographer Award: Joyce Tenneson

Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael L. Worswick, president of the Photographic Research Organization (PRO), the largest co-op buying, marketing, and distribution company for photo specialty stores, and CEO of Wolfe's Cameras, Camcorders & Computers, an independent retailer in Topeka, Kansas.

Lexar Media Scores at Super Bowl XXXVII

(www.lexarmedia.com) announced that WireImage (www.wireimage.com), one of the official photography services that covered January's Super Bowl XXXVII events in San Diego, California, selected Lexar Media Professional Series CompactFlash to capture all the action on and off the field. WireImage used Lexar Media Professional Series CompactFlash because it is speed-rated for minimum sustained write speed capability. The X-speed rating is the same standard as employed by other storage media such as CD-ROMs and DVDs, where 1X=150KB per second.

Shriro Acquires Hasselblad

The Shriro Group acquired the majority shareholding in Swiss camera manufacturer Victor Hasselblad AB. A 90-year-old family business with production and distribution of several well-known and worldwide brands, the company has its major operation in the Asian Pacific region. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Shriro employs some 3,800 people in 13 countries.

The change of ownership will not bring any major changes to the Hasselblad business philosophy. Mr. Göran Bernhoff, who remains president and CEO of Hasselblad, and the new owners stress the importance of continuity in company management in the years ahead.

ToCAD Acquires Hakuba

ToCAD America (www.tocad.com) has acquired Hakuba USA in an agreement that increases photo industry presence for both companies. ToCAD America is the North American provider of Sunpak brand photographic products, including flash systems, tripods, Memory-free batteries, Picture-Plus Filters, Prograin in-camera filters, Zero Halliburton Cases, GE/Sanyo Lithium and Alkaline Batteries, plus SurroundPhoto and the VR Showcase System. Hakuba USA distributes Hakuba and Velbon tripods, aluminum and fabric camera cases and bags, digital and film camera accessories and loupes.

Survey Says: Pro Shooters Benefit from Digital

Kodak Professional (www.kodak.com/go/professional) says that for three out of five professional photographers in the U.S., digital photography is creating new business opportunities they did not have when they were shooting exclusively with film. According to the "pulse poll" survey, of those generating new revenue through digital, 61 percent said growth occurred immediately; another 31 percent said they reaped the benefits within the first 12 months. A total of 881 photographers replied to the 10-question online survey.

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