The PhotoPlus Expo trade show was absolutely packed with people on Friday, and I had a chance to explore much more. Here are 5 more recommended booths to check out.
1. LR Fine Art Mounting and Framing (Booth #165)
Have you ever wanted to get your work face mounted to Plexiglas, mounted on dibond (a relatively lightweight and very stable material) or other material? If so, you may know that it is not an easy process to do well. LR Fine Art Mounting and Framing of New York City has large printed and mounted samples, as well as a table full of samples of their mounting processes. One especially impressed me. It was a matte inkjet print mounted on a board, which was then mounted on either aluminum or dibond.
2. HP (Booth #136)
The HP booth at PhotoPlus expo is worth a trip just to see the award-winning books from the Photography.Book.Now Winners 2009 competition. Yesterday, I recommended stopping by the Blurb booth to check out their many outstanding book samples. Blurb uses HP Indigo printers exclusively for their books, and all of the books were produced by the company. According to the site, “Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize for Black Sea of Concrete. Mr. Milachâ€™s work, shot on the coast of Ukraine, was chosen as the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography book by an esteemed panel of judges led by Darius Himes, a co-founder of Radius Books.”
While you’re there, I also recommend seeing Joel Meyerowitz’s limited edition hardcover book printed by HP using an Indigo printer. There is a tipped-in photo on the front which is a look that I really like. The book, entitled The Hallett, is an exclusive limited-edition book exploring the Hallett Nature Sanctuary in Central Park. It includes images not featured in Meyerowitz’s new book Legacy (a spectacular book definitely worth seeing). An archival pigment-ink print made personally by Joel Meyerowiz is also included in the box set available from Aperture (the Aperture.org link below shows the limited edition set and offers a full explanation of its contents).
And I also highly recommend checking out the exhibition of prints near the upstairs entrance to the Javits Center (in front of the registration desk). The exhibition highlights the winners of the Magnum Expression Photography Award.
From the Magnum Blog: “The Magnum Expression Photography Award was established by Magnum Photos and HP with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring change through campaigns using photography as an expressive medium. Its mission is to discover and illuminate compelling documentary photography employed in innovative ways to affect social awareness and propel humanitarian compassion.”
The inaugural theme for the 2009 award was Communities.
3. Nikon (Booth #501)
Nikon has a large stage this year and many noted photographers who are speaking about their work and the Nikon equipment they use. There are a number of huge prints at the booth worth a lookâ€“one of which by Rob Van Petten shot with the Nikon D3x of a woman with very long eyelashes is spectacular.
4. Sony (Booth #618)
The Sony booth is huge this year at PhotoPlus, and the prints in their booth and in lightboxes throughout the show floor should not be missed. Many photographers are speaking at the booth, and most if not all are shooting with the Sony Alpha 900 DSLR. I had an opportunity to see a portion of photographer Matthew Jordan Smith’s talk. He specializes in portraiture and his work is truly outstanding. What’s great about many presentations on the show floor (including Matthew’s) is that photographers often share the story behind the photos they’ve taken, including, for example, learning what a client likes or dislikes so that you can prepare ahead of time.
5. Op/tech USA (Booth #1151)
If you want to see some very nicely designed camera straps that really help keep your strap on your shoulder (or more comfortable when you have a strap around your neck), as well as many gadgets related to keeping your camera dry and more stable while shooting, stop by this booth. The neoprene lens and camera protectors are also impressive.