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IPC Honors Lifetouch CEO

The IPC (International Photographic Council), a non-governmental organization of the United Nations will hold its annual Hall of Fame luncheon on Thursday, February 21 at the U.N. in New York City. IPC will honor Lifetouch's Paul Harmel, by inducting him into the IPC Hall of Fame. Lifetouch has been a leader in school photography for nearly 70 years; with operations in all 50 states and Canada. Harmel, chairman and CEO of Lifetouch Inc. has been involved in the photographic industry for over 30 years.

Paul Harmel
David M. Ritz
Ted Fox

Under Harmel's leadership, the employee owned company has grown to over a billion dollars in sales, and has become the market leader in professional portraiture. His vision has improved industry standards for quality and service, and raised the level of expectation for customers.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Ted Fox, executive director of the Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI). David M. Ritz, chairman and CEO of Ritz Camera Centers will also speak at the event. Ritz heads the largest specialty photographic chain in the U.S. with over 1,000 locations.

For those wishing to attend, the luncheon costs $100 per person and the deadline to RSVP is February 11. For more information, contact James Chung, IPC president at; RSVP to Priscilla Chu at

Founded in 1974, IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication through the adoption of the motto: "Peace through understanding, understanding through photography, the universal language."

For more information about the International Photographic Council, visit

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