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May 17, 2019


A familiar face for the readers of INTERNATIONAL CONTACT: Josef Blömer passed away May 9, 2019, at the age of 94.

In Memoriam Josef Blömer

The former photo and imaging trade publisher, Josef Blömer, died on May 9, 2019, at the age of 94 years. For about fifty years, the entrepreneur has shaped the landscape of the trade media for the photo and imaging industry in Germany, and, with the foundation of INTERNATIONAL CONTACT, also made an impact on the global market. The most important publications created under his leadership include imaging + foto-contact, the leading trade media for the industry in Germany, the global imaging magazine INTERNATIONAL CONTACT, the specialist medium world of print (formerly Prepress) for the graphics industry and PoS-MAIL for the high-tech specialized trade. All of these media are still playing a major role in their industries.


From the 1970s to the 1990s, the publisher was also successful in the German sports sector with the consumer magazine, golf-contact. Before founding his own publishing house in 1972, Blömer was the co-founder and managing director of the Düsseldorf-based GfW-Verlag. In this function, he founded a large number of trade and consumer magazines for the photography industry between 1955 and 1971, including the still existing publications Profifoto (founded as Fachkontakt ) and Inpho.

As a trade publisher, Josef Blömer’s priority was to avail the flow of information between specialty retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers, thereby promoting the cooperation between all parties involved in the industry. His opinion, which he always expressed frankly and honstly, was valued for decades in the industry. The Lord Mayor of the City of Cologne honored Blömer’s services to photokina with the award of the Golden photokina needle, and Kölnmesse honored the publisher 2006 with a personal obelisk for his lifetime achievements. Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) bestowed Josef Blömer the Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to the entire industry.

For around 50 years, Josef Blömer has decisively influenced the trade media in the German and international photo and imaging industry. With its media imaging+foto-contact and INTERNATIONAL CONTACT, our publishing house still continues his work for the industry. We will always keep our “senior” a respectful, honorable and loving memory.

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