Photo District News

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Photo District News or PDN
Pdncover0508.jpg
The cover of PDN's May 2008 issue
Editor Holly Stuart Hughes[1]
Categories Photography
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1980
Company Emerald Expositions
Country United States
Language English
Website pdnonline.com
ISSN 1045-8158

Photo District News (or PDN) is an American monthly trade publication for professional photographers.[2] PDN was first published in 1980.[3] The publication takes its name from New York City's photo district, an area of photo businesses that was once located in Flatiron District.[4]

Originally named New York Photo District News, PDN was founded by Carl Pugh, who was working as a photographer’s assistant and sought more freelance work. He inquired as to the best way to advertise his services and was told to post a note on the community bulletin boards found at local businesses frequented by professional photographers. This sparked the idea to create a newsletter for the loose-knit community of professional photographers who populated the inexpensive loft spaces along lower Fifth Avenue (the “Photo District”).

The first issue (May 1980) cost $800 to print and carried $2,000 in advertising, yielding a tidy profit. It was distributed free in stores in the Photo District. PDN was an instant success. In time pros, coming to Manhattan on assignment from elsewhere in the country picked up a copy and requested a subscription (initially $6 per year), which, in turn, was seen by other pros back home. In this manner, PDN quickly grew into a national publication.

In 1983, PDN launched Photo Expo, a trade show for the same market, which remains the leading US show for pro shooters (since renamed PHOTOPLUS). Pugh sold PDN and the show to Adweek in 1984.

PDN is owned by Emerald Expositions and headquartered in New York.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact us". Photo District News. 
  2. ^ "About us". Photo District News. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Lang, Daryl (1 November 2007). "Brooklyn's Dumbo Courts The Photo Community". Photo District News. 

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