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DGPh symposium at photokina focuses on future developments in photography
Photography - Where are we headed?
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At photokina 2006 (September 26 to October 1 in Cologne), the rapid development of digital photography will once again be a main focus of the presentations, one that will surely generate very strong interest among industry representatives and visitors alike. This very positive development does pose several problems for professional users, however - in particular, the long-term storage of digital image files. For the World of Imaging, the science and technology section of the German Society for Photography (DGPh), Kölnmesse and Prophoto Gmbh are jointly organizing a symposium called "Photography - Where are we headed?" The symposium will be held on Thursday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cologne exhibition center, in the Kristallsaal of the Congress Center East.

Following an introduction from Prof. Hans Brümmer, the chairman of the science and technology section of the DGPh, there will be a number of lectures by experts from industry and application-oriented backgrounds. Dietmar Wüller, proprietor of the company Image Engineering in Frechen, will speak about the current technical status of camera development and address the logical question "What changes can we still expect?"

Jan Willem Rossée from Lasersoft Imaging AG in Kiel will speak about the need for a standardized raw data format (RAW). Heinz-Jürgen Groß from DeltaE Image Consulting in Mönchengladbach will discuss color management and advocate user-friendly communication rather than an approach focused on placing blame for errors. Prof. Brümmer's presentation will address the problem of the limited longevity of images archived on CD-ROM and DVD.

A special area, the long-term archiving of digital camera data on microfilm, will be the topic of a presentation by Rainer Tewes, managing director of the Stuttgart photo lab "M" GmbH. Hermann Will, editor in chief of the publication "Fine Art Printer," will explain the 17 steps to achieving fine art quality when making top-quality enlargements. The expectations and the reality in terms of the durability of prints will be the subject of the presentation by Dr. Rita Hofmann, the head of research at Ilford Imaging Switzerland. The possibilities opened up by "the merging of real and virtual photography" will be described by Wolfgang Seljé from recom GmbH in Ostfildern. His presentation will be followed by a final overview and closing remarks by Prof. Ulrich Nickel, member of the board of the science and technology section of the DGPh.

There is a €95 participation fee for the symposium "Photography - Where are we headed?" at photokina 2006; the fee for DGPh members and students is €60. Registration forms are available from: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, Geschäftsstelle, Rheingasse 8-12, 50676 Köln, Germany; tel.: +49 (0)221/9232069, fax: +49 (0)221 9232070, e-mail:, Internet:

10:15 - 10:30
Prof. Hans Brümmer, Chairman of the science and technology section of the DGPh
Introduction: Photography - Where are we headed?

10:30 - 11:00
Dietmar Wüller (DGPh), Image Engineering, Frechen
The technical status of camera development. What changes can we still expect?

11:00 - 11:30
Jan-Willem Rossée (DGPh), Lasersoft Imaging AG, Kiel
The need for a standardized raw data format (RAW).

11:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 12:30
Heinz-Jürgen Groß (DGPh), DeltaE Image Consulting, Mönchengladbach
Color management - communication instead of placing blame.

12:30 - 1:00
Prof. Hans Brümmer (DGPh), Springe
Problems with the longevity of photo archiving on CD-ROM and DVD

1:00 - 2:00
Lunch break

2:00 - 2:30
Rainer Tewes, savedpictures, Stuttgart
Long-term archiving of digital camera data on microfilm.

2:30 - 3:00
Hermann Will (DGPh), Editor in chief of "Fine Art Printer," Munich
17 steps to fine art quality (working title)

3:00 - 3:30

3:30 - 4:00
Dr. Rita Hofmann, ILFORD Imaging (Switzerland) GmbH
The durability of prints

4:00 - 4:30
Wolfgang Seljé, recom GmbH, Ostfildern
CGI - Reality-based visualization / merging of real and virtual photography

4:30 - 4:45
Prof. Ulrich Nickel, Member of the board of the science and technology section of the DGPh, University of Erlangen

Outlook for the future and closing remarks