iStockphoto has announced the first Italian iStockalypse, a five-day photography event being held in Milan and surrounding villages this September 28th through October 2nd. The Italian iStockalypse is organized in partnership with Canon, a world leader in imaging products and solutions, which will provide its leading photographic equipment and educational resources as part of this sponsorship.
iStockalypse was born in early 2005 as an official multi-day iStockphoto (iStock) event. Artists and photographers from the international iStock contributor community come together to collaborate, share knowledge, and exchange tricks of the stock photography trade. The events transform hobbyists into knowledgeable photographers, and endow them with the skills for a professional career, as well develop the skills of professional photographers.
Each day iStock sets the stage for participants to launch into high-end photo-shoots — carefully planning and selecting locations, models, wardrobe and fashion designers, hair and make-up professionals, props, professional equipment and mentorship.
Nick King, vice president, international, of iStockphoto, said, “Everything about Italy is beautiful: the language, the architecture, the landscape, the food, the wine and of course there’s the exquisite fashion. Add a handful of some of the top photographers in the business working together and you’ve got a recipe for some truly mind-blowing results. We’re delighted to be partnering with Canon to bring the iStockalypse experience to Milan for the first time.”
Kieran Magee, European Professional Imaging marketing director at Canon Europe, comments: “iStockalypse is a fantastic platform for attendees to push their abilities to new levels, individually and collaboratively. Canon experts will be on hand at the event to offer guidance, equipment and education for photographers of all levels. Everyone from beginners to seasoned pros has the opportunity to share what they know and create brilliant images with old and new friends.”
iStockalypse is organized by official staff, with heavy involvement from community members on the ground in the host cities. Local contributors in each location bring an insider’s view of cultural heritage. Since the first event in Las Vegas, iStock has traveled to Boston, Prague, Slovenia, Barcelona, Marseille, Austin, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Berlin, Istanbul, Cannes, Tokyo, Calgary, Malta, and London, and there are no plans to slow down. iStockalypse Milan will draw heavily on the experience of its vibrant Italian contributor community, and will also be supported by local on-the-ground staff, including recently appointed Country Manager, Nicola Ghezzi.