Focus On Imaging – The End!


Focus on Imaging has been running for 24 years at Birmingham NEC exhibiting the latest photographic gear – I think I’ve attended almost everyone of them as a Press Tech Journalist with special access to the cosy Press Rooms alas, there will not be anymore, this is the end. Mary Walker Exhibitions would like to announce that the 2013 Focus on Imaging Exhibition was the last.

Mary Walker explains ‘Focus on Imaging will not be sold – I’m simply bringing it to an end. ‘It is with great pride that I look upon an amazing period of time in my life where I continually worked hard to run Focus on Imaging to the absolute best of my ability. I, myself, the Show and my committed team have witnessed the phenomenal growth and revolutionary changes that have come to the photographic industry, and I am proud to have offered photographers and manufacturers an opportunity to come together professionally and personally over the years’.

You can read the full press release here…




Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:

One Comment

  • Carlos

    I love photography trade shows.
    My creative and technology batteries ALWAYS get super recharged at events of this kind. Sad to see one close down after so many years. I am sure this is a sad day for those attendees that go every year.
    Many thanks to Mary Walker for the years she gave to make these shows happen!
    For those of you in others parts of the planet that are not familiar with this show…here’s a video that will give you a peek of what is now no more.