Photokina & Photoszene, Cologne: Photography, then Art

September 30 2016
Photokina was vast, Photoszene hard to find, but together these side by side events provide lots of stimulation for photo and art lovers who come from all over Europe and the UK. I gave one of two English language talks at Photokina to an engaged group of international photographers. I wanted to give this new photographic audience (as it was my first time speaking at Photokina) an insight into how brands are perceived and constructed so that they could each leave with the ability to look at their own work in a new way.

Day two consisted of three hours of back-to-back portfolio reviews with photographers from Morocco (my old home), Belgium, Germany and Austria. I applaud them all for challenging themselves to have a review in English, particularly my lovely Moroccan student, who required simultaneous translation in french (kindly supplied by Cedric Littman). Dinner followed with my old colleague Colin King, with whom I had the honour to build a fantastic annual event, ShootNYC.

Finally, day three was devoted to Photoszene, the fine art photo festival that runs alongside Photokina every two years. Armed with a tiny little notebook and a very bad map, we saw everything from "Haymarket Check," a project developed by two smart stylists who explored questions of identity through the way that people sport their Burberry plaid, both real and fake, to Martin Classen's poignant journey along the Roman Appian way. 

 Thank you, Susanne Horn, for your invitation and enormous help in making our visits possible. Also, please check out the little article about my talk in PhotoPresse. See you next time in Cologne! 

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Invitation to Join Us at lunch! 2016

September 21 2016
Reminding you all that Beth Taubner will be returning to lunch! 2016 in Islington at the Business Design Centre on Wednesday, September 21, from 3:15-3:45pm. Beth will be presenting on "Food for Thought : How To Create Your Brand & Launch a Successful Café Business." See you there!

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Begleiten Sie uns auf der Photokina

September 13 2016

This September, Beth is thrilled to be speaking about authentic branding for the photo world for the first time at Photokina in Cologne, Germany, which takes place every two years. Her family name, Taubner, is German, and means, 'Keeper of the doves." And she fittingly had a little bird for a number of years, as many of her clients know. In fact, he actually sang German Lida. It's her first trip to Germany, so if you have any tips on what to do or where to eat in Cologne, Please drop us a line at studio@mercurylab.com. 

Please do stop by to hear her speak on Friday, September 23rd at 15:45-16:15 at the Professional Stage, Hall 4.1, K-50, and to have your portfolio reviewed on Saturday, September 24th from 14:00-17:00. Beth is interested in seeing both still and motion samples,so please email studio@mercurylab.com to sign up for your slot. It's an opportunity to have a review from someone who has an international perspective, with an active base in both New York & London. Hope to see you there!


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Food for Thought at lunch! 2016

September 09 2016

For the second time, we are pleased to announce that Beth will be speaking at lunch! on September 21 at 3:15pm. Lunch! has been voted the most popular and highly rated gourmet food show in the UK food world. The Islington Business Center will be filled with stand after stand of amazing food and drink offerings for wholesale purchase, and for attendees to taste. It's always incredibly yummy!

Join Beth this year at her talk, "Food For Thought: How to Launch a Successful Café Business." She will be sharing a case study of the cafè project that she and her team recently worked on in East London. 

Look forward to snacking with you there!


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