Photo Week In New York

Posted on 7/7/2017 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

It’s time to start thinking about Photo Week in New York, October 22nd through 28th. It all starts with the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA) conference beginning Sunday night through Tuesday. Then on Wednesday the 25th is Visual Connections. Technically, the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo begins on Wednesday the 25th, but the trade show doesn’t really open until Thursday the 26th and runs for three full days through the 28th.

Both DMLA and Visual Connections will be held this year the New Yorker Hotel right across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, and a short four block walk to the Jacob Javits Center where PhotoPlus will be held.

The DMLA’s 22nd Annual Conference is where photo agencies and stock photo distributors from around the world gather to discuss industry issues and the continuing revolution in the stock photo business. A full two-day schedule of seminars places an emphasis on people, products, and ideas that are ahead of the curve. For a detailed schedule of session see here.

Lots of networking opportunities with industry leaders will be available. Exhibit space and meeting tables will be offered in a dedicated area adjacent to the sessions rooms. Details can be found here.

Visual Connections

Visual Connections New York is a place where stock photo sellers have an opportunity to meet and show samples of their work to image/footage/art buyers. New York is home to the greatest number of major advertising firms and publishers anywhere in the world (see the registration list for last year’s event), so this is the place to win new business.

This is an opportunity to build stronger relationships with your existing clients, and broaden your client base in all market sectors. In this age of online business, both buyers and sellers miss the personal contact, but It is still the most effective way to make your business stand out from the crowd. Having one-to-one contact with new and existing customers allows you to explain in detail how your collection and service meets their needs.

97% of the people who attend Visual Connections are actively seeking new providers of visual media. All suppliers with products or services of relevance to image/footage/art buyers are welcome.


PhotoPlus Expo is an annual event where equipment suppliers exhibit their wares. All the major suppliers from all over the world will be there for three days Thursday through Saturday.

In addition there will be over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes to help attendees improve their craft and run successful businesses.

A few years ago there used to be seminars related specifically to stock photography in every time slot. This year I can’t find a single seminar that is related specifically to stock photography. If you want that kind of education you probably need to attend DMLA.

PhotoPlus will offer a number of seminars on Motion/Video photography, Editorial/Photojournalism and Drones.

A full list of the seminar tracks includes: Advertising/Commercial, Business & Marketing, Drone, Editorial/Photojournalism, Fine Art, Inspirational/Motivational, Lighting, Motion/Video, Portrait, Posing, Post Production, Travel/Landscape and Wedding.

For more about what will be happening at PhotoExpo see here.

Copyright © 2017 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Lester Lefkowitz Posted Jul 7, 2017
    There has not been a specific seminar on stock photography at PhotoPlusExpo in many years. It would take someone with a hell of a lot of nerve, and complete lack of integrity, to stand in front of a room full of photographers (and would-be photographers) and tell them that stock photography is a swell business to get into on a professional or even a semi-professional level.
    Lester Lefkowitz

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