Aiming to fill the enormous void left by the defunct PhotoPlus Expo that used to take place annually in New York City, B&H is presenting the inaugural Bild Expo at the famed Javits Center in New York City on September 6 and 7.
The popular annual PhotoPlus tradeshow rebranded as Create NYC following two straight cancellations. However, Create NYC, originally scheduled for 2022, was delayed until this year. There is still no mention of the show on the Create NYC website, which still has the PhotoPlus Expo web address.
While Create NYC seems to still be up in the air, the Bild Expo 2023 should scratch the itch for photographers and videographers alike. Named for the Yiddish word for “image,” the Bild Expo “represents B&H’s 50-year commitment to supporting visual and audio artistry.”
Bild promises a “world-class” experience with presentations, a gear expo, contests, photo walks, portfolio reviews, and special deals on equipment.
The list of speakers is extremely impressive, featuring famous photographers Art Wolfe, Ami Vitale, Flo Ngala, Mark Seliger, Grace Wells, Frans Lanting, Dan Winters, Brian Skerry, Jerry Ghionis, Vincent Versace, Atiba Jefferson, and many more. The complete speaker schedule is available on the Bild website.
During the event, guests can sign up for a portfolio review, check out the “Partner Pavilion” to see the latest gear from show partners, explore photo, video, and audio experiences, go on photo walks, and even check out the B&H Bild Camera Museum, which promises to showcase landmark imaging moments from the past 50 years.
If visitors have any gear they want to sell, B&H’s used department will be onsite to offer checks, B&H gift cards, and store credit for people’s equipment, even if it is very old.
The Bild Expo is free, although guests must register to attend. The event is sponsored by big names in the photo and video industry, including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, and many more.
Although dates for future events have not yet been announced, it seems that B&H intends for Bild to be an annual event. The event’s FAQ page says that people interested in speaking at Bild can inquire about being included in “next year’s lineup.” It would be great to have an annual photo expo become a mainstay in New York City again.