After four years at the Altman Building, Visual Connections New York is returning on Wednesday, October 28 to the Metropolitan Pavilion, where there will be more space for sessions, exhibitors and networking. But that’s not all that’s changing this year: Workbook a leading resource for finding commercial photographers and illustrators, will be the Principal Sponsor. Their involvement means the exhibit floor will be home to artist reps and production companies, complementing the traditionally strong presence of editorial and creative stock agencies.
Already established as a leading marketing, learning and networking event for buyers of stock photography, footage and illustration, Visual Connections New York 2015 will offer the same opportunities to commissioners of new content. “This new relationship is a key part of our strategy to become the meeting place for all visual creatives, using stock or commissioning new content,” says Deborah Free, Co-President of Visual Connections. Creative directors, designers, editors and producers will all find plenty of creative inspiration, from the wide range of exhibitors, the varied sessions program, and the opportunity to network with other creatives from advertising, design, publishing, and TV production.
The day will start with the popular Keynote Q&A Session, 360° view of visual media copyright, trends and technology, with IP attorney Nancy Wolff and other industry experts ready to address current issues around copyright, clearances/permissions, crowd-sourced images and video, social media, and options for bespoke content. The afternoon includes a session on trends in footage licensing, and tips to make the processes go more smoothly. The final session of the day will be a stimulating conversation, led by David Newhoff, on the price of creativity. Attendees can enjoy a complimentary lunch, snacks and beverages, including beer and wine after 5pm. There is also a free prize drawing, with a top prize worth $2,000, lots of cool giveaways and the usual great buzz.
Visual Connections is a marketing services company focused on connecting buyers with suppliers of photography, footage, illustration and other media. The company owners, Deborah Free and Edward Leigh, have over 40 years combined experience in the industry and have run trade fairs, for Picturehouse then Visual Connections, since 2003. Entry is free, but restricted to professional image-footage-art buyers and researchers. Full details may be found at visualconnections.com/newyork