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By Elizabeth Friszell

PMDA's Holiday Party

PMDA's annual holiday party was held last month at Sal Anthony's SPQR in New York City. In keeping with tradition, guests brought unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" drive.

(above) PMDA Committee members (l to r): Bill Clark, Gen Christo, James Chung, Alan Kessler, Kathy Schneider, Stacie Errera, Ed Fasano, Dan Ungar, and chairman Bob Cartright. (Left) James Chung and Bill Clark with two members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

PMDA would like to send a special thanks to all corporate sponsors for their generous donations:

Agfa Corp.
American Photo
Art Leather/GNP
Audubon Magazine
Concord Camera Corp.
Cygnus Business Media
Eastman Kodak Co.
Fuji Photo Film USA, Inc.
Hasselblad USA
Konica
Leica
Lounge Lizard
Lowel-Light
National Geographic Traveler
National Geographic Adventure
Nikon Inc.
Noritsu America
Olympus America
Outdoor Photographer
Primedia
Phoenix Corporation
PDN
Polaroid
Popular Photography
Rangefinder
SIR Marketing
Source Communications
Tamron/Bronica

IPC Celebrates 50 Years of U.N. Guided Tours

UN/DPI Photo by Eskinder Debebe

The International Photographic Council, a non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information since 1983, participated in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.N. Guided Tours with the introduction of a photographic exhibit, "Welcoming the World: 50 Years of United Nations Guided Tours."

Through photographs, prints, and memorabilia, the exhibit chronicles the history of the tour operation from its inception in 1952 to the present. It also offers a glimpse into the everyday life of the guides and highlights some of their unique experiences as the organization's "ambassadors to the public."

Secretary-General Kofi Annan attended the exhibit's opening reception. Also present (left to right): Eugeniusz Wyzner, former head of DPI; William H. Luers, president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America; Samir Sanbar, former head of DPI; Therese Paquet-Sevigny, former head of DPI; Marjorie Tiven, NYC Commissioner for the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol; James Chung, president of the IPC; Joe Diliberto, general manager and VP, Photo Specialty, Eastman Kodak Co.; Kathy Schneider, group publisher, Cygnus Business Media. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for communications and public information, is seen behind the Secretary-General.

IBM and NGS Team Up

IBM and the National Geographic Society have announced the completion of a project that involved archiving more than 100 years of the Society's photographic icons, totaling more than 10 million images. IBM created and integrated the software, hardware, and middleware necessary to change NGS's workflow processing, thereby allowing them to optimize their new digital assets. The challenge for IBM was to design technology solutions that are transparent to the customer and that also deliver a return on investment.

Product Advisory

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. announced that certain FinePix S2Pro cameras with specific serial numbers may be subject to an intermittent electronic malfunction that could render the camera inoperable. "Err" messages will appear on the top display panel and LCD monitor when the AA or lithium batteries are replaced and the camera will not operate. Fujifilm noted that the chance for a camera to fail while in use is very remote. The company is asking FinePix S2 Pro owners to visit its corporate website to determine if their cameras may be affected. To view a list of serial numbers, please visit www.fujifilm.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/GenericStaticPage.jsp DBID=508945.

EPIC Updates Booklet

The Evidence Photographers International Council (www.epic-photo.org) has published an updated third edition of its booklet, "Standards for Evidence Photography Criminal and Civil," which includes protocols and standards associated with digital imaging. Copies may be ordered by visiting the website.

Award Winner...

Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. (www.fujifilm.com) announced that Jook Leung, from 360VR Studio, has won the Fujifilm Masterpiece Award for photographic excellence in the Electronic Imaging category for his photograph "Tribute in Light." Fujifilm will acknowledge Leung's image in a fine art portfolio box set to be published by Marathon Press of Norfolk, NE. For details, visit www.marathonpress.com.

Corporate News...

• Mamiya America Corporation (www.mamiya.com) released an interactive CD, "Inspiration, Motivation & Tools," which offers up-close & personal interviews with 10 of today's top photographers, who discuss how they got started, their views on photography, and how they see digital.

• Photogenic (www.photogenicpro.com) was acquired by Smith-Victor Inc., the Chicago-based photographic lighting company, on November 25. The new owner is committed to the continued support and operations of Photogenic, which means the same products Photogenic has offered for 98 years will continue to be manufactured at the same facilities by the identical workforce.

• Creo Inc (www.creo.com) announced the relocation of its headquarters for North, South, and Central America to a 90,000-square-foot facility outside Boston, Massachusetts. The facility will house the entire executive, sales and marketing, training, and customer service team, and the 7,500 square-foot demo center. Creo Americas may be contacted via the website or at 978.439.7000

• Roland DGA Corporation (www.rolanddga.com) moved its offices to 15363 Barranca Parkway in Irvine, California 92618. The new facility features an improved showroom, a bigger warehouse, a 4,500-square foot training center, and upgraded telecommunications equipment. For more information visit the website or call 949.727-2100.

• AGFAnet (www.agfanet.com) launched its 7th International Photo Award with the theme "Sights of Nature," selected by visitors to the site. Photographers have until January 27, 2003, to submit their entries. A jury will choose 40 photos from the thousands of entries, which will be posted on the AGFAnet website starting February 17, 2003.

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