I just noticed that the organisers of the UK’s main photo trade show Focus on Imaging have said 2013 will be the last. Things must have changed since their “We all look forward to seeing you again next year” at the close of this year’s show, which seemed every bit as crowded as usual and featured all the exhibitors you’d expect at the event (although Adobe’s presence was limited to being scattered around partners’ stands).

It’s a shame, and it’ll be a year or two before anything comparable emerges, if at all. With high street shops gone or dumbed-down, where do we go to get hands on or see something for real? Regional shows are all well and good, but Focus had scale and variety – and lots more people to meet. That’s the big loss, of course.

Update – Future Publishing are launching a show to replace Focus. Great move!