The announcement this week of the cancellation of PhotoPlus Expo — coupled with last week’s cancellation of PRINTING United — brings to a head the ongoing concern of the future of the trade show format. After missing two consecutive years, it will be interesting to see in what form PhotoPlus returns in 2022. Up until cancellation, the show was still lagging in terms of exhibitors; of the 26 exhibitors listed on the site, none were major camera brands. (And possibly, in a true representation of state of the industry, two of the 26 were law firms.)

The bad news in…


Circle Graphics continues to expand its portfolio with its fifth acquisition — this time of Ottawa-based Canvaspop — since being acquired by investment firm H.I.G. Capital in 2019. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. Circle acquired Graphik Dimensions in November 2020 and Bay Photo in August 2020, as well as billboard companies MetroMetromedia and Anthem Displays.

Founded in 2009, Canvaspop serves more than 450,000 customers across the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia. In 2018, Canvaspop raised $3.3 million in a funding round led by Celtic House Venture Partners and BDC’s Growth & Transition Capital group, a division of BDC. Prominent angel…


The COVID-19 pandemic claimed its second event this week, with the cancelation of the 2021 edition of drupa, the leading trade fair for the print industry. The next in-person event will be May 28 — June 7, 2024 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Prior to that, the organizers will offer “virtual.drupa”, a four-day digital event from April 20–23, 2021 during the time frame drupa was originally scheduled for. The organizers will also continue its annual “Print & Digital Convention” in Düsseldorf, which was developed in cooperation with the Fachverband Medienproduktion e.V. …


photokina in happier times: Hallendurchblick, Halle 4.2

Koelnmesse, the organizer of the leading worldwide photo/imaging exhibition, photokina, has canceled the Cologne event “for the time being” after 70 years. The 2020 edition had already been canceled but dates for May 2022 were announced. It’s an ignoble end to the largest and, arguably, the most influential photo/imaging trade event. For most of its existence, photokina was held every other year as a technological and as a cultural event. The city of Cologne was as much on display as the photographic industry, with the streets, taverns and restaurants filled with executives, retailers, lab owners, photographers and more. …


The recent announcement that was being changed to a virtual or “digital-only” event didn’t come as a surprise to industry watchers. In fact, the announcement was greeted with some level of relief. In the past 10 years, CES has gained a well-earned reputation as an expensive event that was difficult to attend — due to the enormous crowds — with less and less relevance to the photo/imaging industry. Sure, big shots like Canon, Nikon and Sony had floor presence in recent years but more and more imaging attendees opted for meeting rooms (if they chose to exhibit it all). …


One of the most popular opinion articles on this site is from January 2018, where we discussed “ Hardware in Crisis: Can Cameras Companies Compete.” We also followed up with “ Six ways digital cameras should be competing with smartphones “, which mentioned ways digital cameras are superior to smartphones, including battery life, but added digital cameras still trail smartphones in key customer-loving metrics like connectivity, apps, and UI.

Nearly, 18 months later, the answer not only seems to be “no,” but “hell to the no.” Yes, there have been some moderate changes here and there, especially with Canon’s efforts…


The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is creating massive disruption in consumer spending, supply chains and retail operations. There isn’t a segment of the photo/imaging industry that hasn’t been affected. We’ve been noting many of the ways industry companies have responded, either with donations or by providing protective equipment to first responders, health care professionals and hospitals. Among the labs who have retooled include Advertek Inc., which is offering plain, branded or custom printed face shields; and Nations Photo Lab, offering plastic face shields.

Circle Graphics donated vinyl materials to make heavy-duty reusable gowns, at a large-scale personal protective equipment distribution operation…


The 24-hour, non-stop coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic is inescapable. While we here at the Dead Pixels Society try to be apolitical and to focus on business-related issues and topics, it’s clear the pandemic is going to have wide-ranging effects and ramifications for the global industry. The mass cancelations and postponements of important photo and printing industry events, like photokina 2020, as well as anticipated interruptions in the supply chain. In the United States, the Small Business Administration has established a page devoted to COVID-19 resources.

It’s still early to gauge the effects of the pandemic, but it does illustrate…


In response to last week’s report of the New York Attorney General Letitia James investigating B&H Photo for allegedly failing to pay taxes on rebates, the Manhattan-based retail giant shared the following statement with The Dead Pixels Society:

“The Attorney General is flat wrong — and is trying to create a tax on discounts in order to make New Yorkers pay more,” states Jeff Gerstel, spokesperson, B&H Photo. “B&H is not a big box store or a faceless chain; we are a New York institution, having operated here for nearly 50 years with a stellar reputation. …

Gary Pageau

Photo/imaging industry connector, journalist, blogger and researcher. Practical technologist.

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