Photokina, the photography trade show that’s been running in Cologne since 1950 has announced that 2018 was its final year.
This year's trade show was scheduled to take place in May this year but its cancellation was announced in March as a result of the impact of the global pandemic. Since then it seems to have been attempting to figure out its future but in a statement released on the promoter Koelnmesse’s website, it thanked fans for their support and said that it will “discontinue organizing 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,” explained Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse.
The statement goes on to detail that the industry’s decline was already presenting challenges to the show even before coronavirus arrived. The organizers had been making changes to the show to adjust to downward market trends, tweaking the timing and regularity to attempt to adjust to an industry that continues to be hugely impacted by the arrival of smartphones.
At its peak, Photokina regularly drew more than 180,000 visitors to shows that featured companies from more than 40 countries.