Visual Connections – New York City – October 27, 2016

Despite the rain, there was a strong turnout for the 2016 Visual Connections in NYC. This event is a unique opportunity for visual researchers, buyers, and producers—from educational publishers to top ad agencies. Organizers Deborah Free & Edward Leigh brought together content providers we know and love with many newcomers. More than seventy exhibitors presented their visual media collections, software, and assignment and production services. The seminars that ran throughout the day were a tremendous hit. They included speakers from: EyeEm; DMLA;; Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP; Newsflare; plus others.

The keynote speaker was Anna G. Dickson, Content and Community Photo Lead at Google.


© Debra Hershkowitz

“It was different this year… the whole atmosphere and the clients. Everything was just great.” – age fotostock

This year’s principal sponsor—Workbook—along with photographer Ian Holmes, provided a photo booth ( in which they shot animated gifs of attendees and exhibitors. Also on hand were two drag performers who created a festive mood and helped out at the bar.

© Visual Connections

© Visual Connections

“There was a constant flow of traffic throughout the day. Even with the rainy weather, buyers chose to come out and engage with the various archives.” – Global Image Works

At ASPP’s booth, executive director Darrell Perry and national president Cecilia de Querol presented the re-boot of The Picture Professional as a digital magazine, and spoke with attendees about the importance of our organization within the photo community.

© Debra P. Hershkowitz

© Debra P. Hershkowitz

There were many familiar faces in the crowd and the overall atmosphere was positive, as art buyers and photo professionals look forward to a strong 2017.

Visual Connections is planning a major revamp and update of its website, incorporating more visual media and making it compatible with mobile devices. They are also looking for new venues in New York and considering a complete change of format. In the meantime, continue to use the directory and read their blog.

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