WAGING WAR AGAINST “SHOWROOMING” –by Charging a $5 ‘Just Looking’ Fee- Michael Zhang: ‘Showrooming’ is something that’s having a big effect in the camera equipment industry and something that many brick-and-mortar retailers are trying to address. It’s when consumers walk into a store not with the intention of actually purchasing a camera or lens, but instead to play around with them and evaluate them in person before making the actual purchase for a lower price online. http://www.petapixel.com/2013/03/28/store-wages-war-against-showrooming-by-charging-a-5-just-looking-fee

TAKEAWAY: Isn’t this treating a potential customer with suspicion rather than respect? Showrooming has been going on since direct marketing proved in the 80’s it was possible to buy camera equipment from a catalog and have it delivered to your door.

WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS — Lara Matthews: “A glance through any art history book will show the introduction of female photographers to the mainstream art world first happened mostly during the Photo-Secession movement of the twentieth century. Of course women were photographing before this but most of our awareness of the female photographic experience dates back to this period.” SOURCE: http://photofocus.com/2013/03/18/women-the-new-generation-of-photographers/