Photokina: World's Largest Imaging Trade Fair Takes Place in Cologne

Sep 27, 2016

The world's largest imaging trade fair - Photokina - took place in Cologne this month, attracting 191,000 photography enthusiasts from around the world. More than 1,000 exhibitors were at the trade fair, showcasing new technology, camera bodies, carrying cases, photo printers, tripods, camera lighting and other types of equipment.

Photokina Enlarge image (© picture alliance / Hans-Joachim ) Most of the equipment was designed for digital photography. Instant cameras, which print images on the spot, were a rising trend at the fair, which took place from September 20 to 25. Other popular innovations were drones that take aerial photos and tiny cameras that can be mounted to almost anything. For photographers, Photokina is particularly important because manufacturers often announce or display their new products at the fair for the first time.

The fair was first held in Cologne in 1950, and has been held biennially since 1966. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized the importance of the fair and sent a greeting telegram for its opening in 1956. And the fair has long upheld its reputation, growing in size every year. The next Photokina will take place in September 2018.

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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