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



Tuesday, September 11

An optional, limited-seating workshop will be held the day before the conference at Root Drive-In Studios. Learn more.


Wednesday, September 12

Schedule is subject to change.

The Manipulators
9:15am - 9:45am
Kevin Connor, Fourandsix
"Can photos still be trusted, and does it matter?"

Powerful digital editing technologies have created a world in which nobody takes photos at face value any more. From social networks to the media to the courtroom, what are the implications of this increased skepticism, and do many of us have misplaced confidence in our ability to tell the real from the fake?

9:45am - 10:15am
Amy Dresser, Retoucher
"No, I'm not mentally retouching your face while I speak to you"

There is no longer “photographic proof” and I’m partially to blame. I’ll be offering a look behind the Photoshop layered curtain of a profession that caters to some absurd requests, offers the illusion of perfection and would not exist without the universal popularity of photography and romanticism. See how the boundaries of authorship and the definition of “a photograph” are pushed, and how a bridge can be pulled from a photographer’s camera to the limits of anyone’s imagination.

10:15am - 10:45am
David Burnett, Photojournalist
The Dinosaur Chronicles: Film in the Age of Flash Memory Mixing techniques in a time of technical change....

10:45am - 11:15am
Morning Break
Everyone's a photographer
11:15am - 11:45am
Cory West, Facebook
What is Social Photography?

What makes photography social? And how can making your photography social enrich your life, the lives of those around you, and perhaps even save the world?

11:45am - 12:15pm
Lucas Allen Buick, Hipstamatic
"Capturing Moments: How filters are adding emotion to photography"

With smartphones perpetually in our pockets, we are taking and sharing more photos than any point in history. Simultaneously, we're seeing rapid adoption of a variety of photo filters—but why?

Filtering photos isn't just about 'cool' but about helping photographers capture the emotion in any given moment. In this presentation, learn why what you see, what you capture, and what you remember are all merging into a beautiful, sharable moment.

12:15pm - 12:45pm
Donald Pettit, Astronaut, NASA

Frontiers are places where our intuition does not necessarily apply and as such are rich in discovery. The answers are not in the back of the book. Photography in a frontier setting offers challenges to the norm and opportunity to invent while recording the passage of life in a place that is abstract from home. Aspects of photography on the International Space Station will be discussed.

12:45pm - 2pm
Lunch Break
The Storytellers
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Eileen Gittins, Blurb

The 21st Century Book: What is it now and what might it become? Physical and digital, the intersection of social media and discovery, experience design, and why story still matters most.

2:30pm - 3:00pm
Alan Taylor, The Atlantic
"The Power of the Still Image"

A still photograph can still pack so much power, evoke so much emotion, and make a terrific impact, and none of this has lessened as HD video has grown in popularity. There is something magical about the ability to capture a single moment, to hold onto something so fleeting as an instant in time -- and those of you who are able to do so with a strong voice and artistic eye transform these moments into something larger than they might ever have been on their own. I'd like to share some of these moments I've been fortunate enough to discover after years of editing photo essays, and some of the stories behind them, and about my experiences while creating and editing the Photo blogs 'The Big Picture' and 'In Focus'.

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Start-Up Pecha Kucha

5 slides in 5 minutes from emerging industry leaders including José de Cabo of Olapic, Avi Muchnick of Aviary, Evan Ratliff of Atavist, and Jon Slimak of Piictu.

3:30pm - 4:00pm
Afternoon Break
The Light Tamers
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Barbara Davidson, 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner
"Caught in the Crossfire"

In Los Angeles County, each day brings peril for the innocent victims living in the crossfire of gang violence. No matter where the bullet finds them, no matter their race or economic status, the trajectory of their lives changes forever. Join Barbara Davidson as she discusses the issue of gang related violence and how it is has impacted Los Angeles. She will also address why domestic documentary photography is so important in the United States right now.

4:30pm - 5:00pm
Peter Yang
"Look like a fool, sleep like a king: A portrait of my portraits"

Celebrity portraiture. Brainstorming, producing and selling my ideas to the often photographed. Featuring: Finding humor in whimsy, the three minute shoot and working with stuffed animals.

5:00pm - 5:30pm
Michael Muller
"Brave New World"

After shooting for over 25 years I've participated in photography's evolution in the 21st century. Along with speaking about the multiple patents I just received on the underwater strobe system I helped create, I will also talk about the fundamentals of light, composition and the new world of the pixel. From superheroes to sharks, we will cross the spectrum and see how they all influence each other.

7:00pm - 10:00pm
Luminance #ilovephotography Party

Get your groove thing on. Rock the night away. Take pictures.


Thursday, September 13

The Futurists
9:15am - 9:45am
Eric Cheng, Lytro
"Turning Light Into Living Pictures"

Light field photography has the potential to revolutionize the way we take and experience pictures. This session will cover the capabilities of light field photography, including where the technology is today and a look at what it means for the industry and the future of photography.

9:45am - 10:15am
Leila Boujnane, Tineye
"The Future of Image Recognition: Human Vision at Computer Scale"

Image recognition has the potential to revolutionize the way we interact with our world. This presentation will cover the current state of image recognition and indexing and will take us through the magic to expect in the coming decades, up to how it will rewire our brains.

10:15am - 10:45am
Chris Chabot, Google
"+Photography in a social world"

There is an unique type of magic that happens when people connect, share, collaborate and inspire. Nowhere is this more visible then in the thriving Google+ photography community. Lets take a look at how this community challenges our assumptions around sharing and ownership, as well as photography as a hobby, profession, and artform.

10:45am - 11:15am
Morning Break
The Merchants
11:15am - 11:45am
Craig Peters, Getty
Topic TBD
11:45am - 12:15pm
Sara Friedlander, Christie's
Four Million Bucks?! Understanding the Value of Photography in Today's Contemporary Art Market

This presentation will explore what/where/when and who creates value in a photograph. Through examining the top results at auction for photography in the past five years, we will look at what sets the market for the highest grossing photographers working today.

12:15pm - 12:45pm
Jen Bekman, 20x200
Curation Counts
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Lunch Break
The Instigators
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Gary Morgan, Splash News
Topic TBD
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Tyler Shields, Photographer
Topic TBD
2:45pm - 3:15pm
Scott Belsky, Behance
The Future of Creative Careers

The landscape of creative work is changing. Much of the friction that once inhibited independent careers has been removed, and the distance between idea and execution is smaller than ever. During this talk and Q&A, Scott Belsky, Co-Founder and CEO of Behance and author of Making Ideas Happen, will discuss how our professional output is powered by the latest technology and shaped by the new ways in which we collaborate. Scott will also share some insights and practical tips that you can use to push bold creative projects to completion.

3:15pm - 3:45pm
Afternoon Break
The Time Warpers
3:45pm - 4:15pm
Rick Robinson, Phantom
"The Undeniable Appeal of 1000 FPS"

Digital high-speed cameras have revolutionized TV and Motion Picture production by enabling cost-effective ultra-slow-motion effects. Let's explore a brief history of high-speed image acquisition and why people find the resulting effects so compelling.

4:15pm - 4:45pm
Taylor Jones, Dear Photograph
"The Importance of Photography in Capturing Memories and Creating Nostalgia" triggers a strong sense of nostalgia by juxataposing the past with the present. Why was Dear Photograph resonating with so many around the world? Is nostalgia making a comeback or had it ever really disappeared? Taylor Jones takes you on the journey he has been on and looks at the importance of photography in capturing memories and creating nostalgia.