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Graham Nash and Mac Holbert Receive PMDA Visionary Award; Rudy Maschke and Ed Wagner Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

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Earlier this year, Graham Nash and his business partner, printmaker Mac Holbert, were the recipients of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association Visionary Award. Co-founded in 1989 by Holbert and Nash, Nash Editions is widely regarded as having started a photographic revolution with its invention of digital fine-art printing.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History recently acquired the original Nash Editions Iris 3047 printer, on which the pair began experimenting with new printmaking techniques.

The PMDA also presented the Norman C. Lipton Lifetime Achievement Award to Rudy Maschke and Ed Wagner, whom the association credited with redefining the concept of trade publications and helping to transform the photo industry. The pair, who first teamed up in 1963, founded Photo Industry Reporter in 1992.

Others honors bestowed by PMDA include the Technical Achievement Award, given to Naoki Tomino, managing director and senior executive officer of the Nikon Corp., and the Photographer Award, which this year was given collectively to the White House News Photographers Association.