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September 12-13, 2012
BMCC TriBeCa Performing Arts Center
199 Chambers St. New York NY 10003

Most photo conferences focus on gear and technique.

But something more significant has been happening around us. Digital cameras have become ubiquitous, camera phones capture more photos than stand-alone cameras, social networks have become the largest and fastest growing repositories of photos on the Internet. The impact of photography has become more significant than ever before. Photos are social currency. They provide a way to remember, relive, and communicate.

Videos are now available!

Luminance 2012 featured two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Each speaker presented a 20-minute TED-style talk on a topic relevant to their area of expertise. Watch the videos.

2012 Speakers

Zack Arias

Commercial photographer

Scott Belsky

Founder & CEO, Behance

Jen Bekman

Founder & CEO, 20x200

Leila Boujnane

CEO, Tineye

Lucas Allen Buick

Co-founder & CEO, Hipstamatic

David Burnett


Chris Chabot

Manager of Google+ Developer Relations, Google

Eric Cheng

Director of Photography, Lytro

Kevin Connor

CEO & Co-Founder, Fourandsix

Bill Cramer

CEO, Wonderful Machine

Barbara Davidson

2011 Pulitizer Prize Winner, Feature Photography, Los Angeles Times

José de Cabo


Amy Dresser

Retoucher & Illustrator

Sara Friedlander

Vice President, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie's

Eileen Gittins

CEO & Founder, Blurb

Taylor Jones

Author/Blogger, Dear Photograph

Joe McNally


Gary Morgan

President, Splash News

Simon Moss

CEO & Founder, ImageBrief

Avi Muchnick

CEO & Co-Founder, Aviary

Michael Muller


Craig Peters

SVP Business Development, Getty Images

Donald R. Pettit (Ph.D.)

NASA Astronaut

Evan Ratliff

Co-Founder & Editor, Atavist

Rick Robinson

Division VP of Marketing, Vision Research

Robert Seale


Brian Smith


Alan Taylor

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Cory West

Engineering Manager, Facebook Photos, Facebook

Peter Yang