18th Street in Manhattan yesterday was a virtual sea of humanity as customers and people just passing through joined Adorama for our first-ever Street Fair.
The entrance to the first-ever Adorama Street Fair at 18th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City.
Skies were bright cloudy—Mother Nature's softbox throwing flattering, diffused light everywhere—and the weather was just warm enough to attract a huge crowd to the street fair hosted by Adorama and Canon yesterday. Many came to see sports and radio celebrities, such as Mets pitching hero John Franco, former football great and current sports talk radio personality Boomer Esiasan and co-host Craig Carton, and New York rock radio legends Jim Kerr and Maria Milito. Others came for photo opportunities at the petting zoo, or to play carnival games, as well as a chance to photograph and be photographed with their favorite sports and radio celebs. And then there were the photographers. Swarms of 'em.
Left to right: Mets pitching legend John Franco, sports talk radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton signing autographs and meeting fans. Money raised at the Adorama Street Fair benefitted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which Boomer actively supports through the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
Former Life and Sports Illustrated shooter (and current Workshops@Adorama teacher) Joe DiMaggio was there, providing photographic tips, as was Brian Peterson, who took a break from his full-day workshop to give a short, free presentation. Richard Bram, a founding member of the international street photography co-operative, in-Public.com, spoke about candid photography in a speaker's tent set up next door to Adorama.
Throngs of New Yorkers jammed 18th street and visited booths where photo and electronics companies displayed their wares.
And speaking of street photography, I tweeted a message on Saturday Night inviting fellow NY street shooters to tweet up at the event, and I was gratified to see so many people carrying and using their Leicas, both the film and digital variety, as well as other street-savvy cameras. It was a thrill to meet and talk shop with fellow street shooters.
In the Canon booth, still cameras as well as pro video cameras were demonstrated to visitors.
Many manufacturers were there, including Canon (the event's co-sponsor) as well as Lexar, Sandisk, and many others. Walking down the street there were bubble-blowing clowns on stilts, carnival barkers and a guy who, if you hit the target with a baseball, got dunked in a vat of water.
Instructor Brian Peterson and Workshops@Adorama course attendees take a break during the street fair...but keep on talking about photography.
Did you take pictures at the event? Post 'em on your Facebook profile or on a photo sharing site, and share them on the Adorama fan page!
New York Rock Radio personality Maria Milito, left, talking with fans at the Q104.3 booth.
Scroll down for more photos of the goings-on at the fair. I thought it was a terrific idea and it looked like people were having a great time. I hope we'll do it again.
What do you think? Were you there? Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought and if you'd like to see a June street fair become a regular Adorama event.
Water gunners aim to win prizes at carnival booth on 18th street.
Signing up for special deals on prints and photo books at the AdoramaPIX booth.
Taking advantage of a photo opp at the petting zoo.
Catching bubbles down the street from Adorama.
Lining up for celebrity autographs in front of the Adorama Building.
WFAN Sports Radio morning guys Boomer and Carton!
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