The Press Release:
Since 1983, PHOTOPLUS has brought the photography and video communities together each fall to connect, share ideas, and experience the newest imaging technology. Our goal is always to support, inspire and celebrate this remarkable community. That said, it is with great difficulty that we announce that we have decided to cancel our in-person event at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, scheduled for September 30-October 2, 2021.
The cancellation of the live event is due to developments regarding the ongoing progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and related company-imposed travel restrictions affecting customers’ ability to gather in New York for PHOTOPLUS. While the decision to cancel is a disappointing one, we recognize the extreme demands that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on establishments, and particularly small businesses, in this industry..
It is of the utmost importance to our entire team that we deliver an incredible event experience to our attendees when we are once again able to meet in person. Our team is already laying plans for a revamped and revitalized PHOTOPLUS, all the while bringing back your favorite brands, the energy you expect from a live event, and exciting new elements. When asked about PHOTOPLUS 2021, Show Director Joe Kowalsky stated,
“The decision to not move forward with a live PHOTOPLUS in 2021 was not an easy decision to make nor one that our team enjoyed making. Bringing together visual storytellers to learn and be inspired is at the core of what our team loves to do. However, as an optimist, I find a silver lining on every dark cloud. Looking ahead to 2022, our team is poised to provide greater value to our audience than we ever had before, while being given the opportunity to imagine a new dynamic experience reflective of what visual storytelling is today. So, stay tuned in and be ready, it’s going to be fun!”
While we will not be able to gather in person this year, we are still going full steam ahead with our brand new premiere educational platform, PHOTOPLUS Learning Lens. We’ve already held our first two live sessions and will be rolling out fresh, new content year-round that you asked for, presented by the industry speakers you love. Register & view for free at photoplus.plus.
PHOTOPLUS?looks?forward to uniting?with the photography and video communities at?the?next full-scale and in-person show in 2022.??PHOTOPLUS?will provide more?information,?dates,?and plans for next year as they become available?over the coming months.??Every decision?made for the in-person event will?ensure we host a?successful, safe, and healthy event for our?exhibitors and attendees.
Joseph Kowalsky, Show Director
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Piercing Ken Thoughts: The continuing reports about the rise in reported infection cases and the massive amounts of restrictions and regulations being placed on events and their attendees as direct result of this makes this news something I was expecting to be the case. This cancellation follows the same news for the NYIAS, The Summer Fancy Food Show, IMS Outdoors and the Luxury Design Fair. One has to wonder how to upcoming New York Comic Con can happen since these other events were to be held in the same space with far less people involved. I was looking forward to this one but then again I’ve been looking forward to anything at this point. That’s all I have to add about this one but you readers can chime in if you’d like. It reminds me that you are out there and receiving these transmissions. Stay safe out there and please be mindful of the rules that are in place to protect you. We’ve got a ways to go for sure.