Well my little editorial last issue encouraging the ‘new guard’ to pull the industry together received a bit of a belting. Apparently everyone is working much harder than they used to – far too hard to organise a get-together in a hotel – and it’s all the fault of ‘condescending Baby Boomers’ (I am that man!) because they ‘didn’t even put a succession plan in place to create a next generation of industry leaders.’ Geez – we get the blame for everything!
I’ve always believed that people of varying ages were basically more the same than different, but it appears this generation gap thing is, as they say, a thing.
Apologies to Robbo for bringing such hostility down on what was a wonderful get-together. As he noted: ‘I did not think that a reunion of industry participants would generate such venom…’
For the second issue in a row we report on a new industry event. Last issue it was Aperture Australia, a star-studded two-day series of workshops and panel discussions which should draw in keen photo enthusiasts in their droves. We wish the organisers every success. It’s a similar concept to what PMA Australia was working on as a revenue generator before it was gutted by its American executives. Now there’s a five-day equipment show and conference planned for the Gold Coast in February which the photography community will share with the broadcast/TV industry. A couple of broadcast-industry executives have identified an opportunity in our industry and are running with it. Once again, we wish them every success. If it goes well, it will inevitably help promote photography and picture-taking. It’s a shame there will be no direct benefit to the industry, as was the case with the annual events organised by IDEA (and then PMA) which used to pull in hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and sometimes more. I wonder if Canon will book a stand – something it would not do to support the industry-run shows.
Our other major story in this issue looks at the AIPP. I had assumed Australia’s pre-eminent professional photographers’ group was forging ahead, enjoying success by opening itself up to a larger number of members and bringing in people from other photographers’ associations. Winning approval lasy year from the ACCC to officially accredit professional photographers was a huge breakthrough. Last time we looked there was plenty of money in the bank and healthy membership levels. Over the past couple of years there has been a significant dip in both, accompanied by an apparent loss of goodwill from some high-profile, long-standing members. For background, see our report in ProCounter. Sadly, it seems there will be more to come before this saga concludes.
– Keith Shipton