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Nov 9, 2006

The Pixel Mafia Dinner 2006

For the last few years, a small exclusive group of people have been invited by the Pixel Mafia to attend a special dinner during PhotoPlus Expo (see the PSN Pixel Mafia story from 2005). Who is the Pixel Mafia you may ask? Well, if you have to ask, you really don’t want to know…The Rules of Omertá, ya know?

This year, the Pixel Mafia Dinner was held on Thursday, November 2nd at Jovia Restaurant (135 E 62nd Street near Lexington). The guests were comprised of the “Usual Suspects” as well as some new blood.

The Pixel Mafia dinner was timed to occur just after the Adobe press event (convenient how that happens, huh?). But since my wife, Rebecca (Becky to those who know her), and I were staying in Times Square, we had to hoof it since Broadway shows made getting a cab difficult. Along the way we spied an empty ped-cab and decided to hop on board for what turned out to be a really thrilling ride through midtown Manhatten.

We arrived at Le Cirque in one piece. For photos from that event, check out Martin Evening’s PhotoPlus Expo report.

After the Adobe event, we walked a few blocks to Jovia. But, along the way I shot Martin shooting the Beacon Court building on 58th street.

Jovia’s sign…

Jack Reznicki shows up and asks when the party will start (he figured we were just waiting for him).

First thing I noticed walking up to the second floor (we took over the entire 2nd floor front room) was a bottle of vino.

The two “white shirt boys”, Bryan Hughs (left) the new “baby Photoshop product manager” and Brandon.

Andrew Rodney, the Digital Dog, doesn’t like having his pic taken. Bad dog Andrew…

Karl Lang (left) with dual fisted wine. He set the 2nd glass down to pick up his camera to take some shots (far more than I took). Parker Plaisted from Microtech is looking on.

I do remember a lot of the dinner, but between the vino and the food and hanging with the crews, I simply didn’t raise the camera as often as my glass. So, all I’ve got is the shot getting into the cab back to the hotel (left) and a shot of JP’s wife Ardie (right) and Becky on the ride home.

Here’s my obligitory Times Square shot just outside our hotel.

Since I did more drinking than shooting, I’ve enlisted fellow mob members Karl Lang and Andrew Rodney to supply additional photos from the dinner. The following photos are all ©2006 by Karl Lang or Andrew Rodney.


©2006 Karl Lang
Karl was shooting with his Canon 5D and dwelling more on close shots than what my “super-wide” lens would have captured. Left is Chris Murphy of Color Remedies and co-author of Real World Color Management and on the right is photographer Denis Reggie.


©2006 Karl Lang
We had almost 60 people in the main 2nd floor dining room of Jovia. We were SUPPOSED to have a full 60, but several people who R.S.V.P.’ed couldn’t attend. Several had good excuses, several did not and incurred the rath of the “Godfather”. You know who you were.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Jay Maisel. Right, Dan (AKA Dano as in book’em Dano) Steinhardt of Epson.


©2006 Karl Lang
John Nack, Photoshop product manager, and his lovely mol Margo.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, the guys from X-Rite (sorry, forgot the names already) and on the right, Julieanne Kost, Dan Brown (AKA Mr. Kost) and Katrin Eismann.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, JP in conversation, right, a view down one of the long tables.


©2006 Karl Lang
Greg Gorman (The Consiglieri) toasts Jamie and Seth who will be married this Saturday, November 11th on some remote island in the Carabean. Last year Martin Evening and Camilla Pascucci “eloped” while in New York during PhotoPlus Expo and were honored at last year’s Pixel Mafia dinner. So, it was fitting that Jamie and Seth treated this Pixel Mafia dinner as a wedding reception.


©2006 Karl Lang
Greg giving the toast to the happy couple…


©2006 Karl Lang
…and raising the glasses.


©2006 Karl Lang
Right, Andrew covers the toast. Right, Seth and Jamie feel the love.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Lauren Wendle, publisher of Photo District News (PDN) and right, Lori Reale of American PHOTO magazine. They’re just good friends, really (although Lori said she and Lauren had adjoining rooms at the hotel). Just kidding…Lori used to work for PDN before moving over to American PHOTO but they still get along.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, photographer Stephen Johnson. Right, Jim Heiser of Apple.


©2006 Karl Lang
The lovely ladies of the Pixel Mafia…left, Jennifer Stern of Adobe (she’s the Lightroom marketing manager). Right, Lori Reale.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, George Jardine, Pro Photo Evangelist of Adobe, talks with Katrin. Right, Becky Schewe stares at Brandon.


©2006 Karl Lang
Parker’s looking happy cause he’s a new father (and he got invited back to the Pixel Mafia dinner).


©2006 Karl Lang
Vino (as if I need to tell ya).


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Pamela Pfiffner of Peachpit offers a toast to Bruce Fraser (who couldn’t make the dinner). Pam is Bruce’s editor on several of his books as well as Bruce’s ex. Right, Dan Brown reads a limerick for Bruce written on the spot by several FOBs (friends of Bruce). Dan did a really good Scottish brogue imitation of Scotty on Star Trek.


©2006 Karl Lang
Pam listens as Dan reads the ode to Bruce.


©2006 Karl Lang
Here’s what was written…

Ok, in the event you can’t read that, here’s the Scottish to English translation:

If you tend to drink too much scotch
your images you surely will botch
but if yer name be Bruce
you’ll stop the abuse
and your pixels will jump up a notch


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Tom Hogerty, Lightroom product manager, with John Nack. Right, Liz Quinlisk, Brandon and Greg.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Suzanne Caballero of LowePro talks with JP’s wife, Ardie. Right, JP and Henry Wilhelm raise their glasses.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left is Eric Jue, Mac Pro product manager at Apple, with Jennifer.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Andreas Goehring of Epson (he’s in charge of the Epson Pro line) with his humble slave Dano. Right, George gestures to somebody about something. George is always very animated…


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, John Omvik of Lexar talks with Greg. Right, photographer James Nachtwey next to Becky.


©2006 Karl Lang
Left is a portrait of Steve Inglima of Canon (in charge of the Canon Explorers of Light) and right, Jim, another Explorer. There were many Canon Explorers there that night: Denis Reggie, Jack Resnicki, Seth Resnick, JP Caponigro, James Nachtwey, Greg Gorman, Jeff Schewe and our token Nikon shooter Jay Maisel. We like to keep Jay around to give him a hard time about shooting Nikon. (Actually, we love Jay inspite of the fact he shoots Nikon).


©2006 Karl Lang
Left, Stevie I. talks to Stevie G. (Steve Gorman, Greg’s brother and the framer for the Epson Gallery Show at PPE).


©2006 Karl Lang
These were two of the wines that Greg “doled out” to FOGs (“Friends of Greg” who really like good vino).


©2006 Karl Lang
George Jardine brought his two Iceland photographer friends to the dinner. I guess that means there are International Pixel Mafia members now.


©2006 Karl Lang
The red vino lineup for the dinner…

The following shots are by Andrew Rodney who also had his 5D hanging around his neck. Additional shots by Andrew can be seen HERE.


©2006 Andrew Rodney
The Jovia second floor dinning room. Jovia is in a 3 flat townhouse on the near upper East side (62nd near Lex).


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Seth points out one of the wines he really likes…


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Julieanne and Henry shake hands…


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Andrew was in a different position from Karl when the intial Pixel Mafia introductions and toasts were made. Here the Godfather (Jeff Schewe) toasts the dinner attendees and the happy newlyweds to be..


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Steve toasts the Godfather (because the Godfather revealed he would be quitting smoking before the Antarctic Adventure in February, 2007).


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Lauren and Lori talk with Karl.


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Karl snaps a shot of Andrew shooting Karl.


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Then Andrew catches Karl shooting Lauren and Lori (see Karl’s shot above).


©2006 Andrew Rodney
Greg and Katrin.

A special thanks to our guests and Scott and the the staff at Jovia for making the evening memorable. Also a special thanks to the companies who ponied up the “vig” for the vino and letting their crews come along for the ride; Adobe, Apple, Canon, DPP Magazine, Epson, Lexar, LowePro, Microtech, PDN & X-Rite. The Godfather was pleased…

:~)

2 Responses to “The Pixel Mafia Dinner 2006”

  1. Sune Pedersen Says:

    Geez, it looks like this was held at a retirement home. Nah, just kidding, having grey hair doesn’t mean you’re old :p

  2. Mel Hill Says:

    that FOG bottle “scarecrow” just scored 98 from RMP, highest rated CA Cab in the current issue of the WA.

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