I’ve been coming to the Photo Expo since it began, way before it came to Javits. As I walked around the floor this year, and attended a few seminars, I thought about how much it has changed over the years.
The expo is kind of a reflection of what is going on in the industry. It’s a place you go to see the latest gear, take professional workshops and network with your peers. It has certainly gotten smaller over the years. There used to be a section just for commercial lab equipment, but there’s no longer a need for that. Apple stopped coming years ago and Adobe hasn’t made a presence in the last couple of years. Software companies don’t need to physically be somewhere to demo their goods.
Expo is still a great place to see new gear and get a hands-on look at it. Lighting displays are vastly different with LED’s added to the mix of strobes. But my favorite part has always been the seminars. I was delighted to see that a “motion” seminar track was added, with a variety of video/motion workshops. That’s certainly a sign of the times.
As technology continues to thrust change on our industry, I can’t even imagine what’s in store for photographers and media artists in the future. Some may look back and say that professional photography isn’t what it used to be, but others will say they feel like they are pioneers as their craft evolves and emerges into something new and different, and they’ve never felt more enthusiastic. What do you say?