Calumet Photographic - Closes US Stores, files for bankruptcy, Gives Employees Zero Notice

by JamesNYCMarch 13. 2014 05:53

Calumet Photographic - "It's where the Pro's DID NOT GO often enough!"

Calumet Photographic, the Chicago based camera supply, photo rental and photo retailer that first opened 1939 abruptly closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection after 75 years in business.

Some employees took to Facebook and Twitter to express anger over the sudden closure, saying they were not given prior notice.

On its Facebook page Calumet said that it was closing its stores in the United States, but that its European stores would remain.

According to court documents Calumet Photo Chapter 7 filing, in which a company prepares to liquidate, it lists assets of less than $50k, and and estimated liabilities in excess $10 million to $50 million.  
Assets of less than $50k is interesting when you consider how much product they stocked and rental equipment that was held in their inventory. Calumet’s bankruptcy filing lists 585 creditors, including photo manufacturers such as Canon, Fuji, Manfrotto, Phase One, Hasselblad, Cambo, Mac Group and many others.

Calumet photo.com LLC has voluntarily filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, listed as case #14-08908 in the Northern District of Illinois United States Bankruptcy Court. The filing is dated March 12, 2014  Calumet Photo LLC Bankruptcy Petition

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The Model Who Accused Terry Richardson Of Sexually Assaulting Her Reported Him To The Police

by JamesNYCMarch 13. 2014 02:19

In the never ending saga of T.R.  - The Model Who Accused Terry Richardson Of Sexually Assaulting Her Reported Him To The Police.

Earlier this week, the story of a 19-year-old model’s face-to-jizz encounter with the human version of a white windowless van Terry Richardson went viral and it was one of the many horror stories from women who had to scrub their skin with a Chore Boy after shooting with Lady CaCa’s homeboy. She initially wrote it anonymously on Reddit, but after it went viral she came forward and told her entire story to Vocativ. It’s long, so it’s all after the cut.

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Behind the Scenes: Annie Leibovitz’ Game of Thrones Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

by JamesNYCMarch 12. 2014 10:28

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SideKick360SmartPhone Adapter for Tripods

by JamesNYCMarch 10. 2014 04:20

Introducing the SideKick360 - a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with solid camera support and precision control. Indispensable for creating sharp photos, videos, time lapse and long exposures. The 360° rotating ball joint allows for quick repositioning from vertical for photos to horizontal for video and anywhere in between.

 

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COME TO BALI TO PHOTOGRAPH July 13-20 with George Simian

by JamesNYCMarch 9. 2014 04:34

A long time friend of ours  George Simian regularly holds a full week's photography workshop, on the Island of the Gods, Bali, Indonesia - an opportunity to deeply immerse yourself in the authentic Balinese culture. Visit his web site for full information

 This workshop is an opportunity to grow your photographic skills while exploring a unique, authentic culture, that has prospered unchanged for centuries. We will guide you as you use the camera to explore the remarkable beauty of Bali and relate with the locals in a genuine manner.

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Manfroto Launches the X PRO 3-Way Head

by JamesNYCMarch 7. 2014 04:46

Manfrotto introduces the X PRO 3 Way Head, a brand new head designed for photographers who want maximum precision from a compact size.

Precision

Three-way heads are ideal for making fine and precise adjustments – in macro photography, for example.

The friction controls on the new X PRO 3-Way Head’s tilt and portrait movements allow delicate framing adjustments to be made with the locking knob open.

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Big brands: Stop using alleged sex offender & pornographic Terry Richardson as your photographer

by JamesNYCMarch 4. 2014 09:09

You know your brand is in trouble when there is a petition against you on Change.org and another page on Face Book.

The link to this Change.org petition found it's way into my inbox this afternoon. It appears to have been started late last year which begs the question why have so few people participated thus far.

Those of us working in the commercial photo industry have all heard the stories about Terry R. over the years. We have had tales of excess described over lunch during photo shoots, or in some cases had first hand experiences that reveal in graphic detail his exploits.

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Hasselblad Makes the CMOS Sensor H5D-50C launched - Now for only $27.5K

by JamesNYCMarch 2. 2014 01:32

Just like Nikon did with the D4s, Hasselblad announced their CMOS sensor-toting H5D-50C before they… well… announced it. Revealing little in way of details, the company said that the camera would become official in March — and today, they fulfilled that promise.

Usually we end with the price, but it’s worth mentioning right off the bat that the 50c won’t cost users any more than the regular H5D-50: $27,500. Not that this is cheap, but the fact that they’re not charging you more for what was supposed to be the ‘world’s first CMOS sensor medium format camera’ is notable.

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Fujifilm Discontinues Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 Film

by JamesNYCMarch 1. 2014 03:59

Once again we must mourn the loss of two more analog films. Despite talk that certain segments of the analog market are doing well, specific types of film that are having a hard time selling continue to kick the bucket.

The most recent of these are Fujifilm’s Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm black-and-white and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 color film.

You can find the official announcement on Fujifilm Japan’s website. The translation may be difficult to read, but the standard discontinuation announcement format is followed: demand has decreased significantly enough that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep producing it.

 

In keeping with their standard discontinuation procedures, Fuji is also recommending replacements for people fond of these particular films. Instead of the Neopan 400 PRESTO, Fuji suggests you use their Neopan 100 ACROS, while the PRO 400 can be replaced by the PRO 400H.

Currently you’ll still be able to pick up these emulsions for some time to come, as they’ll continue to ship to retailers until mid-2014, but by this time next year we don’t expect you’ll be able to find any outside of eBay.

Sadly, this is starting to seem like a pattern for Fuji, who discontinued its Neopan 400 B&W film and Provia 400X slide film last July. If you have any photos in the archives taken on any of these films, feel free to drop them in the comments in honor of our discontinued friends.

 

 

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Manfrotto 1X1 LED Lights just laucnhed

by JamesNYCFebruary 28. 2014 03:13

 

Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 FT is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The illuminance is greater than 1400 LUX at a distance of 1m and the color temperature can be regulated from 3200°K to 5600°K.

Part Number: MLS1X1FT   USD$ 1,989.99

Find out more on the Manfrotto site.

 

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Stuff people say

Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar. - Helmut Newton

 

"The Camera does not lie, Post Production and Publishers do". - James-ism 09/06/2013

 

Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work. - Booker T. Washington

 

"Papa, ... Music is your love, but Photography is your Religion." - Joya D. Hall-Sullivan | Age 10

 

"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." - Richard Avedon - 1984

 

 "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Alva Edison

 

"Any photographer who says he’s not a voyeur is either stupid or a liar." - Helmut Newton

 

"You don’t have to sort of enhance reality. There is nothing stranger than truth." - Annie Leibovitz

 

"When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track." - Weegee

 

" The camera is much more than a recording apparatus. It is a medium via which messages reach us from another world." - Orson Welles

 

"Some people's photography is an art. Not mine. Art is a dirty word in photography. All this fine art crap is killing it already." - Helmut Newton

 

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. " - Nikola Tesla

 

"I think all art is about control - the encounter between control and the uncontrollable." - Richard Avedon

 

"The first 10 000 shots are the worst." - Helmut Newton

 

“If I have any ‘message’ worth giving to a beginner it is that there are no short cuts in photography.” – Edward Weston

 

"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning." - Mahatma Gandhi

 

"Ultimately success or failure in photographing people depends on the photographer's ability to understand his fellow man." - Edward Weston

 

"If you want reality take the bus." - David LaChapelle

 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

 

"When I have sex with someone I forget who I am. For a minute I even forget I’m human. It’s the same thing when I’m behind a camera. I forget I exist." - Robert Mapplethorpe

 

" Great photography is always on the edge of failure." - Garry Winogrand

 

"I don’t think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain. It has to do with eye appeal." - Horst P. Horst

 

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work." - William Klein

 

"Avedon claims to have been the best photographer in the '60s - bullshit - Bob Richardson was - despite or because of being insane and strung out on drugs, I managed to do photographs that are considered iconic - being known as the 'photographer's photographer' means I lead and they follow - I'm broke and they are rich." - Bob Richardson

 

"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success" - Will Smith

 

"Either take the lead or follow behind, just stay the fuck out of my way." - James Sullivan

 
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