BRIEFS: July 29

Photo trade show for Perth
PMA will be running a trade-only trade exhibition at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on October 5 – 6.
The show is being organised by Murray Gibbs (Gerry Gibbs Camera House) and the WA branch of PMA, which is inviting interested suppliers to be involved.

The timing is shortly after Photokina in September, which should provide an opportunity for companies to bring over new releases or at least new product information.

The show will not be open to the public, and session times have been allocated to specific companies – JB HiFi, Good Guys, Camera House, Harvey Norman and Retravision – ‘to avoide conflict issues’.

Opening hours are 8am to 9pm, with groups from the above companies dropping in after 6.30pm on the two days.

For any enquiries and further details contact Murray Gibbs via email [email protected]

Windfall nets gullible media

Every now and again things photographic actually make the general press, and so it was this week with reports that a man who bought a couple of boxes of glass negative plates in California 10 years ago at a garage sale for $45 has had them authenticated as Ansel Adams images.

Even though many of the plates were fire damaged and others not exactly Adams’ top shelf work, a Beverly Hills art appraiser put a value of $200 million on the collection!

The amazing thing here is that the world’s press unquestioningly ran the story that 65 old photographic plates in poor condition was worth literally hundreds of millions of dollars.

Most of the value in a genuine Ansel Adams print is in the fact that Ansel Adams painstakingly printed it – something he apparently never considered these particular images worthy of.

The day after the story broke Ansel Adams grandson, Matthew Adams, who runs the Ansel Adams Gallery and thus has a vested interest in questioning the authenticity of Ansel Adam’s glass plates not in his possession, did exactly that. And he noted that even if they were genuine, they would be worth nowhere near $200 million.

Last Kodachrome developed – more to come

…And here’s another photo industry story which the media didn’t let the facts get in the way of, from PMA Newsline and elsewhere:

‘Photojournalist Steve McCurry has developed the last roll of Kodachrome film produced by Eastman Kodak Co, Rochester, NY, at Dwayne’s Photo Service, Parsons, Kansas.

‘McCurry used the last roll to shoot scenes around New York, but the last three frames were shot in Parsons. He developed 36 slides on Monday.

‘Kodak announced last year that it would retire Kodachrome, a colour reversal film it has manufactured since 1935. Two executives with National Geographic joined McCurry in Parsons, because the organisation is ‘following the journey of the final Kodachrome roll’. (Lord save us!)

Dwayne’s Photo, the last lab offering Kodachrome processing, will end that service Dec. 10.’

– Now hang on – if this was the last roll of Kodachrome, how come Dwayne’s will continue processing the stuff until December?

…Or was it the last roll to roll off the Kodachrome production line. Might be. Who knows.

Pity about Kodachrome, though.


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