Many older ILDA Members had their first exposure to laser displays at a planetarium running Laserium shows. Dryer’s example helped inspire these Members to get into the business, and often to found their own laser display companies.
Within ILDA, Dryer was known for his quiet, thoughtful and kind demeanor. He was a founding Member of the association, served on the Board from 1990 to 1994, and was ILDA President from 1990 to 1992.
Laser Images was host of the 1991 ILDA Conference, held in Los Angeles. The company won 43 ILDA Awards for artistic and technical excellence, in the years between 1988 and 2000.
A 2002 newspaper article summed up how laserists felt about him: “Dryer appears to be universally regarded with awe and respect.”
Earlier this year, ILDA honored Ivan Dryer by declaring his birthday, March 7, to be “International Laserist Day.” He was sent this plaque, to let him know how much he means to ILDA and laserists in general.
His brother, David Dryer, presented it to him and told ILDA “Ivan had a big smile on his face when I showed him the plaque. That's the first smile in about a year!”
KVANT will be hosting the 2017 ILDA Conference in Bratislava, Slovakia. Coherent Inc. is a Gold Sponsor of the Conference.
The dates are the evening of Monday, 6 November through Wednesday, 8 November. On 9 November there is an optional cultural tour of the city. In addition, laser safety classes will be taught on 5-6 November.
Registration for the ILDA Conference and for the hotel is now open.
Details on the Conference and our hotel, the Radisson Blu Carlton, are on the 2017 Conference page.
ILDA will be publishing The Laserist magazine, coming November 2017 in time for the ILDA Conference and the LDI show in Las Vegas. It will be produced in print (32 full-color pages) as well as an online version.
We are now soliciting editorial and advertising material from Members:
Click on the above to see the 23-minute compilation video, which has excerpts from the winners.
If you want to see each video as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2016 ILDA Awards”. Every winning entry is available at its full entered length.
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Photo credits: Large pictures, in order — “Rainbow” by ILDA; “The Voice Italy” and “Echoes” by Laser Entertainment srl; “Deep Web” by LaserAnimation Sollinger; “Zedd - Ain’t No Rainbow” by Richard Gonsalves; “All You Need Is…” by Christopher Short; “Year of 39” by ER Productons; “Laser Violin” by Visual Sensation Laser Shows and Technologies. Green beams above column 1 (The universe’s most unique light) — “Scooter” by Lightline Lasertechnik. Color photo of Ivan Dryer uploaded by Cory Simpson on Facebook, July 28 2017 (original source unknown),