Photokina 2012 Highlights

By Thomas Bregulla

“look… with your camera you can do great pictures like these too”

 Our gentle German photo junkie was working, wandering and spying around Photokina installations. The right man in the right place. Someone you respect the opinion on any tech debate, the one 100% addicted on good photography and 100% committed to support it and to spread the word

Photokina, Cologne (Germany) , September  2012

A total of 1,251 exhibitors from 45 countries. More than 180,000 visitors from 165 countries. And 6,307 journalists from 73 countries. The numbers speak for themselves

Photokina and my impressions by photos and writing :

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From Tuesday to Sunday I was part of the fotocommunity booth team, but also had time to see some other stuff at the fair.

I missed the Visual Gallery badly. The remaining exhibitions were not bad, but mostly with pictures you could see 1000 times before. No surprises, but always with a hint like “look… with your camera you can do great pictures like these, too…”

Besides this, I liked the community character on the whole fair. One could talk with anyone – no problem, discuss pictures, get opinions, like with old friends.

Especially amazed I was by the premier portrait and figure shooters  Greg Gorman,  who returned after giving a talk at the fotocommunity booth with a technician to calibrate the monitor at the booth. Very down to earth, very personable, likable.

The faces – including mine – as Gueorgui Pinkhassov told his audience that when he took the pictures with the new Fuji camera, he had set the camera into automatic mode – including ISO. – And still created contrast, poetic pictures.

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