The 1st annual Rose City PhotoFair was a success and many thanks to all the fine residents of the Metro Portland-Vancouver area that braved the near record heat to plow the aisles of deals at the Jackson Armory. Nearly 200 people came to witness this first of hopefully many events in Rip-City.
We would like to extend a special thanks to all of the dealer/vendor/participants without which PhotoFair is not possible.
The Rose City Astronomers had a fabulous display of night sky photography and put on a wonderful demo-talk on the subject that was well attended.
Blue Moon Camera was a major participant and helped spread the word in the local community.
The fine members of the Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society were instrumental in making this first show a success. Many club members drove the ‘slog’ down from Seattle coming ‘en-masse’ and bringing with them hundreds of great deals on fantastic gear.
We had many local stores and collectors at the show and please be sure to look at the vendor list and follow the links to those vendor’s websites.
Both Seawood Photo and Scott Bilotta made the arduous journey north from the Greater Bay Area with loads of amazing cameras and gear.
Emanuelle of Photo-Camera, Inc in Bakersfield, CA; Allen Rong from Washington D.C.; and Pacific Rim Camera out of Salem were buying up your cameras and equipment.
We were delighted to have the Lensbaby company on hand with the latest cool products, and the wonderful, Newspace Center for Photography which has excellent classes and community support for Photography.
Next year we intend to hold this event slightly later in the year, perhaps towards the end of September or early October. We also intend to hold the show on a Sunday next time. Our Newark shows will continue to be held on Saturday’s for the time being.
An interesting observation has been made that the Portland crowd was a steady flow of people all day long as opposed to the heavy crowd early and afternoon fade of our 40 plus year established shows in the Bay Area. I believe most of our vendors liked the steady flow versus the flash-mob and fade 🙂 Chalk up a win for Stumptown!
Thank you all and we will return again next fall 🙂