Visual Connections New York 2016

Where New York, United States
Date Thursday, October 27, 2016
Venue Metropolitan Pavilion
Address The Suite (2nd floor), 123 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011 (map)

Visual Connections was at the Metropolitan Pavilion on October 27th, 2016. Our Principal Sponsor was Workbook.

New York 2016

Among our exhibitors this year, 22 were new to New York, and 25 were from abroad. 5 offer dedicated assignment or production services (and a number of stock agencies also accept assignments).

40% of attendees were first-timers, and 60% had not attended in 2015. Their annual expenditure on visual media and related services is as follows:

Annual expenditure on visual media/services

They represented the following use types:

Breakdown by use types

The four sessions were well-attended. 95% of attendees rated the Keynote Q& Session positively. Two other sessions covered visual research, and assignment and production. And our guest speaker this year was Anna G. Dickson from Google.

The prizes this year were sponsored by: age fotostock, Alamy, Bridgeman Images, British Pathé, CNN Collection, Danita Delimont Stock Photography, eStock Photo, Global ImageWorks, Grant Heilman Photography, Inc, Minden Pictures, National Geographic Creative, Raydar, Renee Rhyner & Company, robertharding, SuperStock


Keynote Q&A Session

Social media platforms: what you need to know about publishing, sharing and sourcing visual media content


Our popular annual industry overview returned to examine issues surrounding publishing and sourcing visual content on social media platforms. Panelists helped the audience gain a clearer understanding of copyright, permissions and fair use as they apply to publishing and sharing visual media content; and of what the benefits and pitfalls are of licensing or commissioning user-generated content. Our high-powered panel included two intellectual property attorneys with interestingly different perspectives, and other visual media professionals.

Questions asked to date

  • How do memes, GIFs and viral photos play into copyright law, when does it become fair use?

    When do bloggers become a public figure and we are entitled to use their photos to illustrate a story on the blogger?

    How does social media effect fair use laws?
  • Do you need permission to publish examples of tweets or FB posts that illustration social media gaffes and/or successes for a marketing textbook? These would be well-known examples that have already been cited in the media (Example: Using a screenshot of Trump's retweet of Alt Right propaganda.)

Finding the right visuals

Research tools for making your job easier

Our panelists will be demonstrating advanced technology that make finding the right visuals faster, easier and simpler: tools that allow you to search across multiple agencies, search for visually similar images, and track selections from multiple suppliers. What you’ll learn is guaranteed to save you time and frustration!

Marrying Stills and Motion

Insights and tips from experienced shoot producers

Inspirational presentations by a panel of hot producers and photo/videographers will be followed by discussion about the how to go about commissioning or producing high quality shoots that combine motion and stills: how to plan, questions to ask, rookie mistakes to avoid, and what to budget for.

Guest Speaker: Anna G. Dickson

Navigating the new world of imagery is trickier than it seems

Each year over one trillion photos are taken, and who knows how many millions of hours of video. So much choice it's overwhelming! But still, frustratingly little is usable. Anna Dickson discusses how, at Google and Huffington Post, she’s lead the challenge to source relevant, quality images in volume to tight deadlines.

Our panelists for the Keynote Q&A Session

Nancy WolffNancy Wolff, a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York City and DMLA Counsel, specializes in copyright, trademark, rights of privacy/publicity and digital media law. Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and digital media clients. She is currently Vice President of the Copyright Society of the USA and Co-Chair of the ABA subcommittee on Copyright Legislation. She is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, technology and licensing. In 2007 she published her book entitled The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook with Allworth Press and PACA (DMLA). She was awarded the 2007 ASPP Picture Professional of the Year.

Robert SteinRobert Stein is the leader of Pryor Cashman’s Publishing practice and a member of the firm’s Media & Entertainment and Intellectual Property Groups. He has an insider’s perspective gained from 15 years working in the legal departments of some of the world’s leading media and publishing companies. Bob protects filmmakers, writers, literary agents, and publishers of books, e-books and comic books from threats posed by defamation, violations of the rights of privacy and publicity and copyright infringement. He is AV Preeminent peer review rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Bevan ThomasBevan Thomas is co-founder and commercial director of Newsflare, a London-based agency in the user-generated video market. In the last couple of years Newsflare has emerged as one of the leading players in this fast growing space, selling to publishers and broadcasters in 28 countries. Originally from New Zealand, Bevan worked for ACP Media (now Bauer) Australasia’s largest publishing group. Arriving in the UK in 2008 Bevan worked for London-based creative agency Clear until he left to set up Newsflare.

Michael ChauliacMichael Chauliac is Chief Business Officer at EyeEm, a technology company that uses artificial intelligence to empower a new generation of photographers and reinvent the way brands license authentic images. Before joining EyeEm, Michael got a headstart into startups as CMO of design company, Poppin. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Digital Marketing at the intimates and lifestyle institution, Victoria’s Secret, where he led the brand’s mobile-first strategy and oversaw customer acquisition and retention for the direct division.


Geoff CannonGeoff Cannon is Executive VP of Masterfile and President of DMLA, the Digital Media Licensing Association. With 35 years of experience in publishing, creative services, international sales and marketing management, Geoff joined Masterfile in 2001. He directs North American sales and business development, as well as managing international affiliations. Before being elected to President of DMLA earlier this year, he served for four years on the Executive Board.

Our panelists for Finding the right visuals

Abbie EnockAbbie Enock is CEO of Capture, a leading content management specialist and service provider to some of the world’s most famous brands. Launched in 2000, Capture grew out of a need to ingest, tag, manage, market and sell contributors’ images at the travel photo agency she started in the 90s. Before that Abbie was an international photojournalist.

Andrew RowatAndrew Rowat is Co-Founder and CEO of as well as award-winning travel photographer with over a decade of industry experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Travel + Leisure, and Bon Appetit. He is a PDN30 winner who lived in China for seven years and New York for the last six. He started Haystack to bring premium licensable content under one search umbrella by partnering with all of the best stock photo agencies in the world.

Doug DawirsDoug Dawirs is Technology Advisor to DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association) with over 30 years experience as an award-winning software developer, digital asset management specialist, UI designer, project manager, and technology evangelist. He is the author of a host of apps and services including Extensis Portfolio, DMLAsearch (multi-agency stock image index), Savor Food (iPhone app), (online photo review site), and the PLUS Registry.

Hila DarHila Dar is Senior Director of Product at Shutterstock, responsible for a new division at the company focused on customer-centric workflow tools, including the deployment of next-generation search technology using advanced computer vision. Prior to Shutterstock, Hila managed the paid distribution product offering at Outbrain, lead product for ESPN mobile apps, and advanced Newsweek into the mobile and digital worlds.


Paul MelcherPaul Melcher is a strategic consultant for visual tech startups, an advisor, and founder of Kaptur Magazine – the first online publication solely devoted to the visual tech industry. He brings more than 20 years of experience in photo licensing, technology breakthrough and leadership roles for photography companies, including Stipple, Rex Features, Digital Railroad, Corbis, ImageDirect, Zymmetrical and PictureGroup. Paul has been named by American Photo one of the 100 most influential individuals in American photography.

Our panelists for Marrying stills and motion

Tyron BarringtonTyron Barrington is a fashion producer and casting director, whose clients include Avon mark., Revlon, Levi’s, Target, L’Oréal, OshKosh B’Gosh, Lauren Conrad, Ashley Greene (Twilight), and Lucy Hales (Pretty Little Liars). As a former top model agent, he managed the careers of some of the world’s leading top fashion models and celebrities including Matthew Fox (Lost), Tyson Beckford (Ralph Lauren) and Emma Heming-Willis. He’s also worked on TV shows such as Bravo’s Double Exposure, and featured on ABC Nightline.

Erica ChadwickErica Chadwick is, with Joe Lombardo, a creative and managing partner of ETC Creative, a boutique agency that represents creative visionaries in photography, video, VFX and music supervison. With offices in New York and Chicago, they pair artists with ad agencies, design firms and corporations to create solid branding for their clients.

Darryl EstrineDarryl Estrine is an advertising creative director, filmmaker, photographer, author, and co-founder of Content Machine, which offers a combination of creative and production services. For more than 25 years, he has been photographing the famous and infamous for Esquire, Forbes, Vanity Fair, and ESPN, as well as working with advertising clients from Microsoft to Motorola. In 2010 Darryl created a cookbook, Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers and Artisans, which prompted commissions from the likes of Le Creuset and Ford Motors, leading to the founding of Content Machine.

Alfredo FernandezAlfredo Fernandez has over 20 years in the photography industry, including lighting tech, photo assistant, production, management, editing and accounting. He works closely with clients and photographers on each assignment to create the image they have conceptualized. Alfredo’s Clients have included ABC Television, Coca Cola, Conde Nast, Coors, Forbes, Mercedes Benz, NBA, Nike, Ralph Lauren and Walt Disney Pictures.


Sheri Radel RosenbergSheri Radel Rosenberg is a freelance art producer, trend forecaster and talent spotter. She recently started a new venture under the Maven name, to bring together talent and brands to produce projects of cultural relevance and value. Sheri looks for the unexpected as well as tried and true talent who click with a brand and a campaign. Sheri has freelanced on projects for Nike, VW, Microsoft, Google and Converse. She worked at CP+B for 7 years, and was head of Art Buying at Deutsch New York. She also writes a blog about all things fashion and inspiration.

Our guest speaker

Anna DicksonAnna Dickson is Photo Lead for the Content and Community team at Google, with a focus on coverage, quality and community. Prior to that, Anna has managed photo departments at The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post. During her time at The Huffington Post, Anna managed @Huffingtonpost on Instagram, @RuffPost and others. She also created partnerships with various photo communities including EyeEm, VSCO, 500px and Flickr. While at The Wall Street Journal, Anna launched the @WSJOffDuty & @WSJRealEstate Instagram accounts and worked to streamline the photo workflow within the newsroom through search and crop tools. She’s worked closely with product teams at iHeartMedia, AOL and The Wall Street Journal to create products such as Asset Management Systems, Integrated CMS image search and more.

Principal Sponsor

Media Partners

New York 2015
… being able to connect face to face with many people I already work with, as well as meeting new connections and learning about the latest offerings from visual media providers. The people, food/drink, and prizes are all great too!
— Jillian Santos Almeida, MPS Limited
Always great to catch up with old vendors meet and mingle with new ones. Learn about new content and new technology as well.
— Daniella Nilva, Ogilvy & Mather
Great resource for staying current in terms of imaging for marketing and advertising.
— Bradley Rose, Justin Alexander
Great new sources of content for our company.
— Kirsten Soderlind, 1000Museums, Inc.