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Photokina suspended until further notice

Koelnmesse has decided to discontinue organising photokina at its Cologne location for the time being.

“Unfortunately, at present, the framework conditions in the industry do not provide a viable basis for the leading international trade fair for photography, video and imaging,” according to Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “This hard cut after a 70-year shared history was very difficult for us. The trend in this industry, with which we have always had a close and trusting partnership, is very painful for us to witness.”

The first photokina was held in 1950 and continued annually until 1966, when it became a biennial event. The last photokina was in 2018. A new annual cycle was planned to start in 2019, but this moved to 2020 and was then cancelled after to Covid-19 outbreak.

Even before the coronavirus pandemic began, the imaging market was already subject to strong upheaval, with annual declines in the double digits. This intensified massively in 2020, most recently reporting a decline in the 50 percent range.

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