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Do you wonder when a "Show" Marketing Photo was taken?

OK so we all look for new places to show and sell our work.....and we receive show notices with a photo of the show with HUGE crowds shopping along with the details of the show.

So my question is - do you wonder WHERE that photo was taken and WHEN it was taken?  Have you ever questioned it?  Contacted a show?

I wonder .... was that photo taken 10 years ago and used for the last ten years?  Is it even for this show?  On other shows do you wonder - where are the people?  Was this early in the day?

Just curious, none of these were shows I have done...but the big crowd quickens my pulse. 

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on January 23, 2012 at 10:19pm

Kay, yes, it would be nice if AFI had more reviews on shows from the South West.  We need some artists who are willing to write some for us.  Artists want them and they sure help when setting up show schedules.  Any artist who has done a juried art show is welcome to write up a review.  Just go to and add a show or leave a review of one already there.  Or, go to the top of the page and click on Art  Show Reviews.  Let's get reviewing......

Jacki B

Comment by Maryllis Wolfgang on January 20, 2012 at 2:09pm

That's why they hired me these past 2 years to be their photographer. ;-)  I chaired the artist market for 3 years bring the number of artists from about 20 to almost 80 with a great variety of wonderful art and quality crafts.  Then I expanded my personal show schedule which precluded having the time to attend all the planning meetings, selectively recruit, promote, coordinate the judging, qualify applicants and run the market.  I appreciate the work show organizers do to bring about good quality shows.  It's a tough job but so rewarding. 

Comment by vicky lilavois on January 20, 2012 at 1:36pm

Deep Roots Festival - looks like a show I would like to be in.  Thanks for the great picture Maryllis.

Comment by Maryllis Wolfgang on January 20, 2012 at 12:13pm

Taken standing on the top of a 6 foot ladder with a telephoto lens.  Deep Roots Festival 2011 Milledgeville GA.  I took other shots specifically showing sales taking place and/or bags being carried. 

Comment by Geoff Coe on January 19, 2012 at 10:04am

It would be nice to have a way of knowing that a shot was from the previous year's show (exceptions granted in case of bad weather, other natural disaster or widespread pestilence).  What makes me shake my head is when a show promotes a festival using a shot showing only a trickle of customers, none carrying bags.  What are they thinking?

Comment by Ryan Tischer on January 18, 2012 at 5:20pm
Given that Larry's image was taken with a wide angle...then yes, there were a ton of people at that show. What I'd REALLY like to see is a ton of people, all carrying large bags full of art!
Comment by Larry Berman on January 18, 2012 at 5:18pm

Kind of like jury images. Who besides the artist know how recent the work is.

Larry Berman

Comment by Kay Cummins on January 18, 2012 at 5:14pm

Got it.  These 2 comments pretty much answered my questions.  What you see is not always what you get!  I've been at shows which huge crowds and it doesn't necessarily translate to a good show anyway.  Just was curious if others thought the same thing.  All the more reason for reviews on shows.  I wish AFI had more reviews on shows in the SW.

Comment by Larry Berman on January 18, 2012 at 5:08pm

Wide angle lens up close. I gave this to the Michigan Guild and they've been using it for years.

 Larry Berman

Comment by Ryan Tischer on January 18, 2012 at 4:41pm
As a photographer it's also possible to "compress space" by taking a shot looking down several blocks worth of people and using a longer focal length will make it look like way more people are there then the feeling you get sitting in your booth and watching the folks trickled by a couple at a time. And, of course, it's all subjective based on our sales experience at a given show!

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