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Gerard is a member of the International Advisory Council of the George Eastman House. From 1997 to 1998, he held the positions of President and Executive Director of the Digital Imaging Group (DIG), an open nonprofit industry consortium founded by Adobe, Canon, Eastman Kodak, Fuji, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Live Picture, and Microsoft to promote the growth of digital imaging into mainstream markets. The DIG is now merged into the I3A (International Imaging Industry Association).
Bob Goldstein is well known in the digital imaging industry as both an executive and a featured speaker on the subject ofVisual Communication. He was president and founder of ZZYZX Visual Systems in Los Angeles, California, where he pioneered businesses in high-volume image scanning, digital retouching, stock photo databases and digital distribution networks, fine art digital printing, interactive media projects, web site design, and digital photo studios. He then became president of the Altamira Group, which produced the Genuine Fractals line of digital image scaling and compression software. In these executive positions he worked closely with industry leaders to help determine the future of imaging.
Through his public speaking engagements and one-on-one sessions he has inspired thousands of photographers and hundreds of businesses to “go digital” and make the transition from traditional, film-based photography to digital imaging. He has given lectures and workshops on the subjects covered in Going Visual across the United States and Canada, appearing in
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cities such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Houston, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Orlando, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. His corporate clients include Eastman Kodak, Apple Computer, Oracle Corp, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard. He is a senior analyst for The Future Image Report, for whom he authored an industry study of Internet visual search engines. He has appeared at many conferences, including Seybold, PMA, DIMA, MacWorld, Siggraph, PhotoEast, and the Lyra Summit, and has also appeared on CNNfn. Goldstein has a business degree from the University of Southern California.