September 24, 2012

Stephen Shore, David LaChapelle, James Balog at NYC PhotoPlus Conference + Expo 2012

PhotoPlus Conference + Expo 2012, NYC
Javits Convention Center, New York City
October 24-27, 2012

PhotoPlus Expo - Image © Jason Walker

The 2012 PhotoPlus expo will feature more than 250 exhibitors demonstrating the largest variety of photographic and digital imaging products and services in North America. Attendance for the three-day show is expected to reach record levels, drawing an anticipated 22,000 people who will meet with representatives from the biggest brand names serving the photography industry, and touch-and-try access to the latest imaging technology on the market. Registration for admission to the PhotoPlus Expo exhibit hall is free through October 24. Photographers Stephen Shore, David LaChapelle, and James Balog will present their work.

"We are very proud to be celebrating 30 years of service to the photographic industry," explains Jeff McQuilkin, Director - PDN PhotoPlus International Conference & Expo.  "The photo industry is a very tight group of professionals who view this annual event as the one time during the year where they can experience what’s next and meet face-to-face with old friends, make new ones, and learn and share together.  I believe that attendees and exhibitors alike regard PhotoPlus Expo as an opportunity that should not be missed by anyone in the industry.” 

Each year, the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo presents a series of keynote speakers whose accomplishments take photographic inspiration to new levels and add a dimension to the educational component of PhotoPlus that has made it the most anticipated photo conference and expo.  This year, the Nielsen Photo Group has created a daily schedule of keynote presenters that can only be described with one word: Blockbuster!

Stephen Shore, David LaChapelle, and James Balog will each present their work at the "Lunchtime Keynote" during PhotoPlus Expo, scheduled each day from 12 noon -- 1:00 p.m.  In addition, a sneak preview of Jeff Orlowski's new documentary film, "Chasing Ice" featuring James Balog, will be presented at PhotoPlus during an extended Lunchtime Keynote and movie screening on Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 noon to 3:30 p.m. Tickets for each keynote are $10. However, admission to all keynote presentations is included with the purchase of a Gold Expo Pass or with the purchase of any PhotoPlus conference seminar.

Keynote Schedule and Description

October 25 – 12:00 Noon  – 1:00 pm
Stephen Shore: Challenging Convention
In spring 2012, Phaidon Press published a 2,300 page, two-volume set reproducing in their entirety the astounding 83 print-on-demand artist's books Stephen Shore produced from 2003 to 2008. In his keynote, Stephen Shore will examine the aesthetic roots of this body of work and how it grew out of his decades-long drive to push his work into new directions.

October 26 – 12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm
David LaChapelle: Artist or Artless
One of the true pioneers of modern day photography, David LaChapelle shares his images, his thoughts, and the ups-and-downs of being a true photographic icon. Richard Avedon once said, of all the photographers inventing surreal images, it was Mr. LaChapelle who has the potential to be the genre's Magritte, referring to the Belgian surrealist painter. Helmut Newton also stated that, "A lot of nudity is just gratuitous. But someone who makes me laugh is David LaChapelle. I think he's very bright, very funny and good."

October 27 – 12:00 Noon – 3:30 pm
James Balog: Chasing Ice (Sponsored by Nikon)
James Balog has been a global leader in environmental photography for nearly three decades. In this compelling keynote appearance, James Balog will give us an inside look at the creative vision, technical breakthroughs and physical adventure that make up the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), his latest body of work. James Balog is featured in Jeff Orlowski's 2012 documentary, Chasing Ice, which won top honors for cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. Attendees will be the first to see the film as it makes its worldwide debut here at PhotoPlus Expo.

The PhotoPlus Expo conference offers more than 95 educational seminars and hands-on labs for attendees to hone their skills, learn new techniques, and participate in discussions with some of the most respected, successful and visually creative photographers and digital image makers in the world. Conference information is available online at, searchable by date, title, track or speaker name.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is organized by the Nielsen Photo Group (NPG)

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