Just when the winter doldrums begin to dissipate, we get a chance to come together, stock up on gear, wonder at the odd, outrageous and arcane examples of photographic equipment and images that dealers have brought to the show from far and wide... and talk with folks about photography for an entire weekend!

Photographica, from the PHSNE website:
PHSNE sponsors the popular Photographica Show and Sale in the Boston area in the spring and fall. The Photographica Show offers members and the public an opportunity to browse and buy images, antique and usable cameras, equipment and ephemera. Some attend the Photographica Shows to sell photographic items to dealer-members throughout the world. The Photographica Shows are so popular that dealer space is sold out months in advance of the show date.

Not ringing prose, but a fitting description of what may be the only remaining two-day show in the states. I find I wait to buy things for months before this show, allowing myself the self righteous feeling of holding off on that e-bay buy just so I can talk to an actual person about what they have on the table in front of us before I plunk down my cash. In the end I get the item, a good conversation and, in some cases, a new friend.

This spring there will be another PHSNE Auction at 4:30 PM on Saturday the 13th, after the show floor closes. (See here for a listing of items to be auctioned. This list will be updated a few times, so check back frequently)

The details:
Photographica 79, the 40th Anniversary show!
April 13/14 2013
The Americal Center
Wakefeld, MA

The Americal Center is a very short walk from commuter rail and on the bus lines. There is free parking as well.

For the first 20 people who contact me, I have Golden Ducats–get-in-free cards for both days of the show. I'd love to give them out in person, so contact me and I'll truy to find a time when we can meet and I can hand them over, biut I am not above putting them in the mail.