Two of us from FLAAR will attend Photokina 2014. We attend every two years.
Photokina has changed a lot; ten years ago it had booths of most large format printer brands. But since FESPA and VISCOM exist throughout Europe, most brands with eco-solvent and UV-cured or textile inks exhibit elsewhere (and all brands exhibit at APPPEXPO 2014 in Shanghai; this is now a larger wide-format printer expo than DRUPA).
And we cover digital photography on our www.digital-photography.orgweb site.
So we are not doing much updating of this cameras-scanners web site. This was one of our first web sites, about 14 years ago.
But FLAAR is in full function; we have a staff of about 18 people, and we test digital photography equipment every week in remote areas of Guatemala. You can see the results on our www.Maya-ethnobotany.org.
What made the show remarkable was that it had a trade fair and mixed business with culture. Specialist in ads, editor, and writer L. A native of Cologne whose collection of 1,000 works formed the basis of the photography collection of the Museum Ludwig in 1976, Fritz Gruber was responsible for the legendary ‘Bilderschauen’ shows that formed part of the festival.
Photokina was initially planned as a traveling show, but it was such an achievement that it was decided not to move it. Cologne was so easy to access, had ample exhibition spaces (and more in the pipeline), and the concept of making the fair a permanent fixture was also sponsored by the city council. Finally, with many foreign exhibitors taking part, 1954 saw the second event, and it was determined that it should take place every second year, as it still does today.
The fair has evolved over the decades almost as much as photography itself has. However, one thing is certain: there have never been so many pictures taken today. This year’s Photokina slogan is Imaging Infinite, reflecting this trend. The fact that everyone can be a photographer now and publish their images online in a matter of seconds. There will be a number of seminars, tournaments, competitions, and lectures, as well as the activities at the fair itself.