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Photographic Research Organization, Inc. (, a cooperative owned by independent specialty retailers, just announced the new ProMaster USB Card Readers, ProMaster Digital Media Card Cases, ProMaster Inkjet photo paper, ProMaster Autofocus Zoom Lens, and ProMaster Deluxe Tripod Bags.

Minolta ( presents its Marine Case, underwater housing for the DiMAGE X and DiMAGE Xi digital cameras, which protects the cameras from approximately 100 beneath the sea to the summit of a rugged peak.

Pacific Image Electronics ( announced the PowerSlide 3600, which batch scans mounted slides automatically, creating high-quality digital files that can be stored to hard disk, zip drive, CD-R, CD-RW, and other storage media. This allows slide shows to be viewed on TV, LCD projector, computer monitor, email messages, and websites. Includes USB 1.1 and 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) compatibility for Windows and Macintosh systems.

Lowepro ( has added laptop computer bags in briefcase and backpack styles to two of its lines.

The casual-style Tech Collection, for digital still and video, now features the TX 1100 and TX 1200 laptop computer briefcases and the TX 1300 backpack, all fully padded with lots of extra pockets.

The more sophisticated Metro Collection offers the MX 1000, 1100, 1200, and 1300 laptop computer cases, each featuring extra padded pockets.

First Underwater Digital Contest

Recognizing the growing impact the digital photography revolution is having on the world of underwater photography, Beneath the Sea announces its First International Underwater Digital Photo Competition. Entries must be digital, but the original may be film that has been scanned. Two categories are judged: Open Digitalthe only adjustments allowed are those also doable in a darkroom; and Creative Digitalimages having a basic underwater theme incorporating divers, wrecks, reefs, fish and/or marine life. For contest rules, visit The deadline for entries is December 31, 2002.


"American Perspective: Photographs from the Polaroid Collection" is being cohosted by the Boston University Art Gallery and the Photographic Resource Center at BU, through January 26. The Polaroid exhibition ( features 90 works by almost 50 American artists and presents a first-time peek at cameras and other historic pieces from its rich archives, and highlights the evolution of Polaroid techniques used by photographers and artists from the '50s to the '90s.

Orlando Museum of Art ( features the ninth exhibition of its Currents series, "Constructed Realities: Contemporary Photography," from March 8 through May 18, 2003. The show offers a selection of cutting-edge work by top contemporary photographers, who produce photos from staged, constructed, dramatized, or otherwise fabricated scenes.

"A City Seen: Photographs from The George Gund Foundation Collection" displays works from 12 notable photographers. On view until January 26, 2003, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (, the exhibit includes 148 B&W photographs, plus a selection of the Foundation's annual reports, which explore Cleveland neighborhoods, people, and landscape.

Web Watch...

( has streamlined its online presence and launched a new logo. The site positions ASMP as the leading resource and conduit for information on the business of photography and allows visitors from targeted demographics to access areas relevant to their specific interests.

For the new logo, the communications oversight committee, headed by Maryland photographer Judy Herrmann, collaborated with Sametz Blackstone Associates of Boston to create a symbol that illustrates the trade association's principal attributes and future.

To further its cause of inspiring creativity through photography, Nikon has launched the Nikon Spirit Initiative website (, offering details and information on all the programs and sponsorships supported by the company through the Nikon Spirit Initiative.

2003 Workshops...

( begins its 14th year offering week-long photography and digital workshops for winter, summer, and fall 2003. Winter workshops run January-May; the summer program, June 15-August 9, and the fall season, September 7-October 4. Each week offers a selection of studio, landscape, and location-based workshops, exploring lighting, portraiture, darkroom techniques, architectural photography, travel photography.