October 28, 2011
It start out early, I had arrive at the Port Imperial/Weehawken water taxi location the parking was difficult with no disability parking and road construction with very little sidewalks usage and elevator out. I had chosen to take this route because of the non-accessibility parking in NYC and tolls increase in getting into the city had increase this is the best choice. I had enter into the main lobby at was greeted by the ticket counter woman who was very accommodating and answer every question with kindness and enthusiasm for which it was just a little past 6:30 in the morning. The price for person with disability was $8.25 for person with a disability a 75 cent discount and the parking fee for being in before 10 am on a weekday was $8.00. I was able to enter onto the water taxi with zero steps but it look like nowhere to tie down a wheelchair. We had made across the Hudson River in about ten minutes. I was expecting to sit for about an hour before go to convention center, but some employee lock the doors in open position it was like about 35 degree in the terminal. The coffee guide who gives you hot steaming coffee but when it arrive to you about 5 seconds after it was poured icebergs were floating it. I had also seen the employee behind the ticket count wearing hats, coats, and gloves just to keep warm. Just outside the gate was the NYC bus for both the 42 and 34 lines were there. Just up the street you can see the Circle Lines Tours and USS Intrepid locations. The backside of the convention center was across the street. So you need turn to the left go over to the 40th street travel down a long block to get into the North Pavilion side entrance to convention center it’s actually between 34th and 40th street. Warning there are no places to sit down to rest either inside at this point I was regretting not bringing my wheelchair, boy did I paid a price for not bring it at the of the day. I did have a chance to take some pictures in where their where nobody standing around inside of expo. The signage for person with disability access was missing and where things are locate. The bathrooms were available for person with a disability and accessible.
The Photo Expo NYC 2011 had 22 thousand in 2009 and 24 thousand 2010 and was expected to top those numbers this year. They didn’t have any numbers as to exhibits space but some of the attendees had said the show space was smaller this year. There were number of exhibitors that were hard to find due to booth numbers not being mark and lots of exhibitors were sharing exhibit space. I had walked past the Phase One booth three times missing each time, and I finally found their space it was smaller than bathroom closet but I was able to get see their medium format 80 megapixel camera. I had also notice that the major software companies were not at the show like Adobe. Also computers were lacking at the show like Panasonic Toughbook Notebook Company, but the consumer division of Panasonic but not the professional side was there. It was a cross of not knowing if you were at professional or amateur/hobbyist show except for the short clothes-tall models walking around for this show that signal that this is a show for professional.
For the major players they had brought out their A game by having presentation at their booth that were free and with great tips in how to improve your photography and take it to that next level, for which you would need all three days to see everyone, not the one day shot that I had done. I was able to talk to a lot companies to learn about disability access/marketing, and where they would like to see their product go over next year. There were lots self publishing companies at the show to help photographer display the work of art and to publish them in different formats. There were the standard magazines and trade associations representing there. If you didn’t learn something from the show then you were not at the show.
The 2012 Photo Expo NYC will be held next year on October 25-27, 2012.
Water Taxi (Port Imperial/Weehawken)
The Javits Center Accessibility