(Diane Berkenfeld contributed to this story.)
Mamiya Chairman Dies
Paul Klingenstein, 88, chairman of Mamiya America Corporation, died January 5th in Longboat Key, Florida. Born in Germany, he arrived in New York in 1934 and landed his first photo job in 1938. He went on to became a leader of the post-war U.S. photo industry. His efforts led to the establishment of Kling Photo Corp. and exclusive distribution rights to the Linhof, Arriflex, Minox, Rodenstock, and Gossen brands. In 1961, his firm was renamed Berkey Marketing, which became a premier photo equipment distributor. In 1988, he helped re-establish the U.S. arm of Mamiya.
Don Burrell Retires; Sells Business to Kodak
After 43 years, Don Burrell, of Burrell Professional Labs is retiring. In an effort to ensure the continuation of his company, Burrell Colour Inc. (BCI), the legal entity behind Burrell Professional Labs will be sold to Eastman Kodak Co., for $62 million dollars.
"I have every confidence Kodak is acting with the best interests of Burrell Professional Labs in mind during this transition period, as it has over the many years we have worked together," Burrell said.
Kodak is buying BCI under an agreement both companies have had for a number of years; with options that included Kodak requiring BCI to be sold, BCI requiring Kodak to buy them, or neither parties acting on the agreement. Kodak announced that it intends to sell BCI to a qualified third party as soon as practical, to complete the business's transition to new ownership. Kodak will support BCI's management team during the interim; COO Chris Majoy will become president of BCI once a final agreement is in place.
"Our course of action balances our ongoing commitments to our long-time customer BCI, to the photo lab industry as a whole, and to Kodak and its growth strategies," said Karen Smith-Pilkington, president, Kodak Professional, and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak. "We are now supporting the smooth transition of BCI to a qualified, long-term owner."
According to Kodak, both companies plan to close the sale by January 31 with the sale to a new owner occurring by the summer. The acquisition of BCI by Kodak is subject to federal Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust review.
Fujifilm Product Advisory
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. announced that certain FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR cameras with specific serial numbers may be subject to an intermittent electronic malfunction that could render the camera inoperable. The company is asking FinePix S2 Pro owners to visit its corporate website to determine if their cameras may be affected. To view the list of serial numbers, visit the website at www.fujifilm.com/JSP/fuji/epartners/GenericStaticPage.jsp DBID=508945.
Adobe Introduces Photoshop Album for PCs
Adobe Systems Inc., introduced Adobe Photoshop Album, a new software program for Windows-based computers. Photoshop Album is a consumer based program that will allow digital camera owners to easily find, fix, share and preserve the growing number of photos accumulating on their computers.
"Photoshop revolutionized photo-editing in the 1990s and was a catalyst for the emergence of digital cameras as a hot new product category for pro photographers and consumers," said Bryan Lamkin, senior vice president of Digital Imaging and Video Products at Adobe Systems. "With Photoshop Album we're extending the proven quality of the Photoshop name to a new generation of digital camera owners, making it easy for them to edit, find and share the millions of digital photos now lying unsorted on computers."
An easy-to-follow wizard helps users create cards, calendars, albums, web photo pages, and 3D web galleries. Features of Photoshop Album include one-click editing, integration with Photoshop Elements 2.0, and backup to CD and DVD media. The program also allows users to create slideshows that are packaged in Adobe PDF for anyone to open with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Photoshop Album also offers prints and other professional photo services through direct links to online service providers.
Adobe Photoshop Album is expected to ship in the United States in February 2003 at an estimated street price of $49.99.
PMDA's Holiday Party
Photos by Greg Burson
PMDA's annual holiday party was held last month at Sal Anthony's SPQR in New York City. In keeping with tradition, guests brought new, unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" toy drive.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. 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: