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December 2003

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The founder of Sipa Press, the Paris based agency, is to stand down after thirty years in charge. Goksin Sipahioglu started the famous agency in 1973 selling it to the media company Sud Communications in 2001 after regretfully turning down earlier offers from both Corbis and Getty.

For Sale - pictures that sell!
Spectrum Pictures in Prague is for sale. Specialising in Eastern Europe the photo agency has about 15,000 pictures online. Current clients include Newsweek, Time, US News, Business Week, Forbes, most of the English Sunday newspapers and most of the German magazines.
Interested?, contact agency director Lee Malis
Spectrum Pictures
Na Kuthence 17
16000 Prague 6
Czech Republic
mobile 420 603 825-416

Insight, China
Jess Hurd a photographer with UK based photo agency Report Digital has returned from her latest trip to China. Her images of industry and street scenes are now on-line.
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Name Change
Pressnet Photo Service will be replaced at year end with National Pictures Service and carried none exclusively overseas by UK based Topfoto

Strong Presence
Independent photo agency Panos Pictures in London have launched their new website. The agency represents photojournalists worldwide, documenting issues and geographical areas which are under-reported, misrepresented or ignored.
You don’t have to register to explore and search the images:

More Images, Faster Results and Two Awards!
image shop, the royalty-free division of zefa visual media is now representing the complete image100 collection. This means that imageshop now offers a total of 540 royalty free CD’s and over 50,000 single royalty free images, all of which are available on-line. Each CD consists of between 50 and 100 quality images with themes covering Business, People, Industry, Food & Drink as well as Lifestyle, Medical, Health & Beauty.

meanwhile at zefa
, they have updated the website to include a faster image search and the restriction on the number of search results has been lifted allowing a far wider range of pictures to choose from.

“A Pair Of”
and “Life Lines” two portfolio books from zefa have succeeded in reaching the finalist stage of the highly-regarded creative competition the “London International Advertising Awards”. Over 13,000 entries were submitted this year, including advertisements, folders, brochures, posters and catalogues. Out of those only 1,611 entries received the coveted finalist status, amongst them both the zefa Portfolio Books, which reached the important final stage in the category “Catalogues & Brochures – trade”

Ahead Of The Game
EMPICS, the sports photo marketing business, has won the prestigious award for new technology at the Growing Business Awards in London. The EMPICS submission was based on its latest innovation called New Media Stills Production (NMSP), which delivers sports images from camera click to online customers within 20 seconds. The system provides access to impactful sports photography in the form of electronic slideshows, goal alerts and news round-ups for web or mobile phone output.

"Winning this award is a great honour for the sports industry as well as for EMPICS," said Chief Executive Phil O'Brien. "The NMSP system and our strategy for its effective use has attracted a lot of industry attention recently, but we have always used new technology to drive and grow the business."

In Memory
Famous Rugby photographer Colin Elsey died at the age of 63 on the 8th september 2003. Fondly known as Big C, he was internationally recognised and will be remembered for his world famous photo of the MUD MAN which recently appeared in the Observer's top 50 sports photo's of all time. The Mud Man photo was taken on the British Lions tour of New Zealand in 1977. Andrew Cowie, a partner at Colorsport who had worked with Colin for almost 30 years to the day, said 'he was the England's official team photographer for many years and it’s fitting that England won the World Cup Finals in Australia last month. He had been Accredited to cover the tournament. A Rugby match was played in his honour out in Australia amongst the Media. He was very well respected within the game which was reflected at his Funeral in Swalcliffe near Banbury with standing room only available'. He was loved by players past and present who were present on the day. The legendary Welsh International player, Gareth Edwards, said he was a great bloke who had a great knack of getting the right picture at the right time. Colin was a founder member of the Sports Photo agency, COLORSPORT in the late 1960's with Stewart Fraser. A player himself with Wasps Rugby club, his Photographs will live on through the company, which consists of all the major Tour and International games over the last 40 years. Their Library also covers over 100 years of Football and Cricket which incorporates the Famous Albert Wilkes Library who was a Player himself for Aston Villa Football club and an England International back in 1905. The many thousands of glass plates are currently being added to their new web site.

Pin-Up At Auction
Fifty years of Playboy magazine and American pop culture will be celebrated at Christie's New York on December 17, with the sale Playboy at 50: Selections from the Archives at Rockefeller Centre. The more than 300 items from Playboy's renowned archives - including original manuscripts, cartoons, paintings, celebrity and fashion photographs, and memorabilia - chronicle Playboy's groundbreaking style and America's cultural evolution through the connections among fine arts, literature, music, and historical events.

Photography has played an essential role in the success and longevity of Playboy, due in part to Hugh Hefner's visionary selection of artists. The Playboy photograph archive includes the works of some of the most recognised and celebrated contemporary and fashion photographers of our day, among them Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Brett Weston, and Lee Friedlander. While erotically charged, their photographs were tasteful and often revolutionary, and many grew to become icons of the period. Playboy at 50 includes a selection of more than 70 images, including celebrity portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Madonna, and others. Highlights include some of the magazine's most well-known and frequently reproduced images, such as John Derek's photograph of Bo Derek (estimate: $5,000-7,000), which appeared on the March 1980 cover, and Herb Ritts' shots of Cindy Crawford (July 1988) and Elle MacPherson (May 1994), ranging in estimate from $2,000-3,000 to $4,000-6,000. Images from Playboy magazine's early years include Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, pin-up shots of celebrities, and jazz musicians of the 1950s.
A richly illustrated catalogue is available by calling US 800.395.6300, or via
Auction: December 17, 10 am & 2 pm
Viewing: Christie's Galleries, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
December 13-16 (Dec. 13, 15, & 16 from 10 am- 5 pm, Dec. 14 from 1-5 pm

...............Go See.........

Grand Collection
Proud Galleries in London is running an exhibition celebrating Hungarian photographers. On the walls are both internationally acclaimed photographers and those not yet recognised. A History of Hungary provides a rare opportunity to see some of history’s greatest photographers under one roof.  Images include Robert Capa’s Indochina, Nam Dinh, taken just four days before his death; Brassai’s Festivities in Bayonne; Martin Munkácsi’s, The First Fashion Photo as well as photographs by Luicen Aigner, Éva Besnyoý, Angelo, Lászl?, Moholy-Nagy. Double Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Horst Faas told Photo Archive News “One of the best I’ve seen!, every picture is good - no duds, this exhibition really teaches you something. No other medium can give you the feeling and atmosphere as the prints exhibited at this show, it would be very worthwhile a visit”.
all at:
Proud Central, 5 Buckingham Street, London.
Tube: Embankment and Charing Cross
10am – 7pm, Monday – Thursday
11am – 6pm, Friday - Sunday
Prices: Full price £3 Concessions £2

Bill Brandt _ ‘Nudes’. On now till 24 January 2004. Focus Gallery. 3+4 Percy Street. London. Tues-Sat 11am-6pm - +44 (0) 20 7631 1150....

........Image management, sorting and delivery................

Flowerphotos has asked Capture Ltd, the innovative provider of image library management systems, to develop and implement a solution which will provide total integration between the Web and their present Capture®Pro backend office system. To achieve this Capture®Web has been adapted to replicate Flowerphotos current popular web functions, as well as making further additions which will offer improved search facilities as a result of which Flowerphotos will be able to offer a number of refined searches to enable its clients to pinpoint their requests.

Norwegian based image software company FotoWare has launched FotoStation PRO. FotoStation PRO solves overflow from digital camera files for stand-alone photographers and workgroups alike. They have completely updated this version of its renowned and widely used software for acquiring, processing, archiving and distribution of media files. Now FotoStation PRO offers unparalleled flexibility and capability whether utilised as a single user application or as client in the scalable FotoWare workgroup and enterprise system.

The first version of FotoStation was launched in 1995, and so far the company has sold more than two million licenses of the product worldwide. Professional photographers, newspapers and picture agencies were the first users, but during the latest years, various new groups of users have appreciated the many features of the application. Being one of the industry’s leading solutions for handling and storing digital assets, mainly images, FotoStation’s market place is growing as fast as the sales of digital cameras.

Get The Latest
Extensis Inc
. has announced its plans to offer a host of compatibility updates for Apple’s new operating system, Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), the Adobe Creative Suite (CS) and QuarkXPress 6. All updates will be available free of charge from the Extensis website at: to registered users.

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