Saturday, April 25, 2009

Picturehouse Chicago a Sold-Out Success, AD Agency and Design Buyers Highest Attendee Group

New York (USA), APRIL 2009 - Picturehouse Chicago, held on Wednesday, April 16, 2009, was a sell-out for the fourth consecutive year. Photo agencies from around the world exhibited their collections at the River East Art Center to hundreds of area creatives who streamed through the venue.

Picturehouse organizes the only events of their kind in the stock picture business, bringing together buyers and suppliers of photography, illustration and footage. Rounding out the sold-out floor were over twenty first time exhibitors including Blend Images, Dreamstime, Glowimages, Learning Pictures, Munro Campagna, Schumann & Company, Tips Images, Trunk Archive… Foreign libraries such as akg-images, Axiom Photographic Agency, Fotofinder, picturemaxx, Nature Picture Library, PixPalace, Robert Harding, also made the journey to Chicago, counting on the US market and the current favorable exchange rates to boost international sales.

“Our table was swamped this year,” said Danita Delimont of Danita Delimont Stock Photography, a boutique agency specializing in worldwide travel and cultural images. Nancy Carter of North Wind Picture Archives said she liked the quality of the attendees. She added, “The show runs like clockwork. The food is fabulous. The venues are always artistically interesting as well as spotless.”

A breakdown of attendees by segment revealed advertising and design buyers were the largest group at 42%. In addition, book publishing buyers formed 15%; magazines and newspapers 9%; educational buyers 9%; with the remaining 25% of attendees falling into other miscellaneous buying categories.

Picturehouse President Deborah Free expressed her delight with the turnout and the cooperating weather. “Once again, we proved that art buying is alive and well in the Midwest. We had an absolutely beautiful spring day. Plus our free morning copyright session with attorney Nancy Wolff was a huge success.”

Erin Brady of Clear Channel Outdoor attended both the copyright session and the event. “The seminar was excellent. I thought the event was well put together. The vendor booths were great!” Designer Lisa Helminski of Helminski Studios said, “I look forward to this event every year. It’s very professional and helpful. You make it memorable.”

For information about the next event, Picturehouse New York on October 14, 2009, or to register to attend, please visit the Picturehouse website ( Attendance is free for professional image buyers but prior registration is required for admittance.

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