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Photokina goes annual from 2018, moves to a May slot

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  Double trouble from 2018 onwards: A Photokina every year means more photo opportunities for the average punter. (Panasonic GX8 and Olympus 12-40mm Pro)
Double trouble from 2018 onwards: A Photokina every year means more photo opportunities for the average punter. (Panasonic GX8 and Olympus 12-40mm Pro)

Europe’s largest photographic exhibition, Photokina in Cologne, has been a biennial fixture in September for as long as I can remember: An event for big announcements and a magnet for trade, press and public from around the world. From next year, however, the landscape is changing. The 2018 show will be the last of the biennial autumn events. The dates have also been changed from the earlier published information and will now run from from 26 to 29 September 2018. 

  The biennial Photokina was always a major investment for the big players in the industry. Will the increased frequency of this leading exhibition result in reduced budgets, fewer exhibitors and a less impressive overall experience? (Panasonic GX8, Olympus 12-40mm Pro)
The biennial Photokina was always a major investment for the big players in the industry. Will the increased frequency of this leading exhibition result in reduced budgets, fewer exhibitors and a less impressive overall experience? (Panasonic GX8, Olympus 12-40mm Pro)

Starting in 2019, Photokina takes place in May and will become an annual event, still based at the Kölner Messe complex in Deutz. Apparently the main motivation for the change is the rapidly increasing rate progress in the digital camera industry. In the days of mechanical analogue equipment, pace was relatively leisurely. But now change comes much more rapidly and, in these days of electronics, two years is a long time. However, after being used for so long to a Photokina every other year, during 2018 and 2019 we will have the pleasure of attending two events separated by just seven months. What this means for the camera manufacturers and other leading exhibitors I am not sure. I imagine many will be examining their marketing budgets and wondering whether they will be able to put on such a big show every year instead of every two years. It could lead to a shrinking of floor space.

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  1. It may seem like a strange decision in the present state of the camera industry unless the phone manufacturers are on board, in which case this makes sense. Of course, image making, as opposed to stand alone camera manufacturing, is at an all time high and all sorts of entities in the wider imaging industry such as Facebook, Instagram etc could participate as well. Constantly producing new camera models is not the only way of making money these days. Industry paradigms were re-written the day the first digital camera appeared and this has continued ever since.

    William

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