PhotoPlus Expo 2013 Keynote Presenters Announced

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 Keynote Presenters Announced


New York, NY—For 30 years, renowned and successful photographers, educators and leaders in imaging have been brought to the annual PhotoPlus Expo event as presenters. The expo’s daily keynotes have taken center stage and have become the cornerstone of the photography event. This year’s lunchtime keynote presentations will be held each day during PhotoPlus Expo from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., October 24–26, 2013.

“This year’s keynote speakers represent true star power and reflect the incredible talent of photographers who have shared their knowledge and experience with PhotoPlus Expo attendees for the past 30 years,” said Lauren Wendle, vice president and publisher, The Photo Group. “Each keynote presenter this year is a master photographer, an explorer and a star in their own right. Whether it’s exploring space, the world we live in, or exploring personal talents beyond the obvious, they each provide inspiration and encouragement for attendees to question and pursue what’s possible in their own photography and careers, and that is what makes PhotoPlus Expo so special.”

NASA astronaut Donald Pettit, PhD, a three-time space explorer, will open the star-studded series of daily keynotes with “An Astronaut’s Guide to Photography in Space” on October 24. Dr. Pettit was the first astronaut to successfully enter a commercially built and operated spacecraft docked in the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit. During his time in space, Pettit amassed an extraordinary portfolio of long-exposure outer space photos he calls “star trails,” shot some 240 miles up in space while logging more than 370 days orbiting Earth.

Mark Seliger has more than 100 Rolling Stone covers to his credit, but most might be surprised to know that he is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and front man for the country band Rusty Truck. In his two-part, one-hour presentation on October 25, Seliger will discuss the evolution of his editorial assignments in portraiture and fashion and how he extends these projects into self-assignment. The second part of the presentation will illustrate his journey in songwriting and the intersection of music and image making as Rusty Truck performs live. Prior to the event, attendees can download Seliger’s free companion book from the iTunes Store.

Rick Smolan’s ability to produce projects that live for generations is supported by his Day in the Life book series. National Geographic asked Smolan to document Robyn Davidson’s solo journey across 1,700 miles of Australia’s Gibson Desert. Their story, now a major motion picture titled, Tracks, tells the story of the amazing journey. Produced by the Oscar-winning team of The King’s Speech, the movie stars Mia Wasikowska. Smolan will be portrayed by Adam Driver, from the TV series Girls. In his PhotoPlus Expo keynote, Smolan will share clips from the upcoming movie and images from his adventure.

Keynote tickets may be purchased for $15 each ($10 each for students) online by October 22 or on-site for $20 each. Admission to all three keynotes is included with the purchase of any 2013 PhotoPlus Expo Seminar Pass, WPPI University Pass or VIP Expo Pass.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and video. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an array of photo-imaging products and service—from image capture and color management to retouching and storage. The show also offers photography, video and digital imaging seminars taught by renowned experts with a focus on innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.