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What We Learned This Week: How The Coronavirus Has Altered the Photo Industry

By March 13, 2020Current News

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Cross-posted from Pro Photo Daily
[by David Schonauer]

More coronavirus news is breaking daily.

But we know the health crisis has already affected the photo industry in a number of ways, and the wider art world as well. And by most accounts the impact is just beginning, as the travel industry suffers, supply chains are disrupted, and the stock market sinks.

This week the organizers of the Paris Photo New York art fair announced that the event’s inaugural edition, scheduled for April 2 to 5, was being postponed to a later, to-be-determined date. (See Artnet News.) The decision to reschedule the event came after the World Health Organization this week officially designated the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.

A week ago, the mayor of Austin, Texas, Steve Adler, announced that he had declared a local disaster and ordered the cancellation of the SXSW Festival, an important event for the film industry. “We are devastated to share this news with you,” the event’s organizers wrote on the SXSW website. ”‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

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