As the last major imaging trade show of the year the PhotoPlus Expo concluded this past weekend and while we can’t possibly bring you every new product we eyed we’ll certainly provide our usual extensive look back at the goings on inside Manhattan’s venerable Javits Center.
A jam packed show floor that carried great energy and a thirst for lifting their image capture talents to new heights made navigation a tricky ordeal but that’s good news at any trade show these days. Okay, we’ll admit the crowds were partly created by a condensed show floor but the down-sized booths were consistently crowded and attendees brought some terrific enthusiasm for the latest imaging solutions on display.
Among the bigger news items from the show was the announcement, made late Saturday, that the show’s parent company, the Nielsen Company, which owns Photo District News and PhotoPlus Expo, announced it had signed an agreement with Rangefinder, Inc. to acquire Rangefinder and AfterCapture Magazines, and the Wedding and Portrait Photographer International trade show (WPPI). The acquisition was effect immediately.
Under the agreement, the Nielsen Photo Group will house all of Nielsen's photo-related properties, which currently include Photo District News (PDN), PhotoPlus Expo (PPE), PDNedu, Independent Photography Network (IPN), PhotoServe.com, and PhotoSource.
Rangefinder magazine is a 60-year-old monthly publication dedicated to the advancement of wedding and portrait photographers. AfterCapture Magazine covers post-production photography work. For over 30 years, WPPI, The Wedding and Portrait Photographer International Trade Show, has focused on the wedding and portrait segment of the photography industry. Exhibitors include manufacturers and sellers of photography equipment, photo albums, lab services and software for photographers.
Rangefinder magazine and WPPI trade show staff, including founder Steve Sheanin, will continue to operate the properties in Los Angeles, under the direction of Joe Randall, Sr. Vice President, Nielsen Expositions.
We’ll begin the rest of our tour in the show’s newly created (debuted in 2009) Video Pavilion as the invasion of HD video in the DSLR game has certainly been a game-changer for this crowd.