it was not easy to decide this year, but i have made the decision to go to the photokina this year rahter than making a stand at the artcon.
actually it would be interesting to visit ARTCON, but PHOTOKINA is only every 2 years - and since everyone is yelling about it...
heres my 2 cents:
first i have to say its simply too much to get everything in about 6 hours like we did on sunday!
after finding all the stands and infos wed like to get there was plenty of time for the galleries over there, which was somewhat mixed, partially not well presented(especially in the academic corner) and somewhat over-appreciated with the works of Thomas Hoepker.
litle works stand out, and too much people to have a community feeling in there.
the stands and giants out there like M$, HP, Fujifilm and co. were just suggesting an image of their corporations rather than getting to know the people behind their products, the creative minds and souls.
its all in all nice t see "Will smith" at the Fujifilm -stand, but why the heck does their stand need to be above 1000square meter?
also the cewe-photobook stand rules with more than a gigantic stand to knock out the concurrents, or what else is that good for?
did anyone imagine how much a stand like that did cost? 50000$ 150000$
you can say what you want about Microsoft, but they know what their place in tghe world of photography they have and like that they have presented a well put image of
their product and ideas.
i think very much is left in a littel corner, and too very much of potential genious, like the "FHTW" of Berlin have done with their development of an automatic visual sorting engine, go here to check out: www.pixolu.de
in my opinion the highlight and intriguing gem on the fair!!!
search for "imagesorter" for more infos of the project!
thats just for now,
In Panama, a Magazine called HALL - magazine" for Architecture and International arts is released a few days ago. Thanks to ~ejaramillo who has asked me to join, You will likely find an interview with me, a few images and the cover Artwork is mine, the mag is in Spanish, so if you can, grab it or have a sneak look here: