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Roger Calixto
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« on: December 19, 2009, 06:34:04 PM »
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I recently posted a topic on European magazine suggestions but maybe I'm asking the wrong question =)

I really enjoy the Outdoor Photographer. The articles are great, the pictures are inspiring and it has a list of workshops I always love to drool over and dream about.

What about you? What do you read, and why?
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 12:28:29 PM »
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I recently posted a topic on European magazine suggestions but maybe I'm asking the wrong question =)

I really enjoy the Outdoor Photographer. The articles are great, the pictures are inspiring and it has a list of workshops I always love to drool over and dream about.

What about you? What do you read, and why?

My favorite is American Photo because it focuses (haha) more on the aesthetics of photography and less on the equipment and also because it exposes me to types of photography that are very different from what I do.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2009, 01:46:14 PM »
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My favorite is American Photo because it focuses (haha) more on the aesthetics of photography and less on the equipment and also because it exposes me to types of photography that are very different from what I do.



I used to buy American Photo and also the French parent one just called PHOTO. I liked the French one much more because it didn't waste as much of my money advertising useless (to me) photo trips - if at all - and featured some of the best darn photographers in the fashion world, which was what interested me most. Also, it wasn't so puritanical, the French one.

However, having built up a stack of them more than a couple of feet tall, I decided to call it quits. Somehow, the magic, for me, had gone. It was rather a sad moment, really, but the same thing happened with Black & White, the art photo magazine. It was killed off for me because of the high price out here in the Med for the Special Issue numbers and the related short supply of great pics within what looked like bulk-making, photo-contest-junkie-bait dross to me. Just my view, but it killed it off nonetheless.

I now buy nothing and don't feel I'm missing a damn thing.

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2009, 02:41:39 PM »
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I used to buy American Photo and also the French parent one just called PHOTO. I liked the French one much more because it didn't waste as much of my money advertising useless (to me) photo trips - if at all - and featured some of the best darn photographers in the fashion world, which was what interested me most. Also, it wasn't so puritanical, the French one.

However, having built up a stack of them more than a couple of feet tall, I decided to call it quits. Somehow, the magic, for me, had gone. It was rather a sad moment, really, but the same thing happened with Black & White, the art photo magazine. It was killed off for me because of the high price out here in the Med for the Special Issue numbers and the related short supply of great pics within what looked like bulk-making, photo-contest-junkie-bait dross to me. Just my view, but it killed it off nonetheless.

I now buy nothing and don't feel I'm missing a damn thing.

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Rob et al..... try looking at LensWork, now only available by subscription from their website, http://www.lenswork.com/index.html.

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 04:32:34 PM »
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Back when I had time I used to love to listen to Brook Jensens podcasts (editor of Lenswork magazine). It was all bout thoughts on how to be a better photographer. I never read his magazine though.

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009, 05:46:09 PM »
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"LensWork" has probably the best B&W reproductions in the business, and Brooks Jensen's writing is excellent and to the poiint.
"B&W" has some of the best articles and some excellent photographs even if its reproductions don't come up to the LensWork standards.
"Color" (published by the B&W folks) is new, and excellent. The current issue is the best yet. It's worth your while to find a copy.
"Focus" has excellent articles, and reproductions close to LensWork quality. Its only problem is that nowadays its issues are very intermittent.

I used to enjoy "Aperture," but it's become so trendy and far out that I'm dropping it. Ansel's probably spinning in his grave. The rest of the magazines -- Popular Photography, Shutterbug, American Photo, etc., etc., have all turned into pure advertising outfits. They really should be giving those mags away in street-corner kiosks. Their attempts to deal with photography as an art form often are hilarious. If you want to see something really funny, check out Pop Photo's attempts to improve photos submitted to them.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009, 05:59:17 PM »
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I have to agree that the build up of magazines is daunting.  I am a Watercolor artist trying to learn to photograph and print my work.  I have art magazines from the early 70s.  Why, I don't know.  I never look at them except to see their spines and feel satisfied that I have a lot of information there in case the president is given the power to shut off the internet.  What to do.  I have photo magazines from the 60s.  And old cameras to match the obsolete information that is in the magazines.  I have a Minolta SRT 101 that I would never part with.  Why?  I don't know.  But I did love it in it's day.  I even have a Brownie.  Sigh!

I have decided that forums are the best place to get information.  Even if it is just referring me to tutorials... especially free ones.  I thank all the contributors on this site.  I have gotten a wealth of information from you.  I hope that soon I can give some back to you.  ( I do have to laugh at some of the bickering) but all in all it's the place to be!
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2009, 06:00:13 PM »
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I don't really have any one per se, I usually spend some time flipping through magazines untill I see stuff I like...I usually end up buying fashion magazines rather than photography magazines.

It most usually ends up being Vogue Italia/Paris, V or Dansk.
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2009, 06:25:41 PM »
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Lenswork.

Exactly as Russ said.

And possibly B&W (or Color; I haven't checked that one yet.)

I have subscribed to Aperture since the mid-1960s, but no more. Exactly as Russ said.

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2009, 10:21:14 PM »
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PHOTO Techniques is a good one if you like some solid technical info mixed in with portfolios and artistic discussion.

http://phototechmag.com/
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2009, 11:08:06 PM »
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I like Lenswork and B&W, I also subscribe to Outdoor Photographer, and Black and White (UK) and Outdoor Photography (UK).

Russ I find your comments about 'Color' interesting, because the one issue I sampled of that magazine seemed to be full of the stuff you claim to dislike in Aperture. Did I just get unlucky in the issue I chose to sample, or do they also represent more traditional color work? The one thing I like about B&W is that they have very broad coverage of different genres of photography, but that just wasn't the impression I got about 'Color'. (BTW, that is hands-down the lamest title for a magazine, ever).
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2009, 08:13:58 AM »
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Jeff, You're right. I wasn't much taken with Color in the beginning, and I agree that the name is lame. On the other hand, since their flagship magazine was named "Black and White," I can understand why they felt compelled to call the new branch "Color."

But with the current issue it strikes me that they may have hit their stride. If you can lay hands on a copy, check the work of Katherine Westerhout. She's doing the kind of thing in Detroit that I love to do on the western prairies. Of course, I grew up in a suburb of Detroit, so I have a special connection to some of these pictures. But the way she handles light is what's important. Any photographer, no matter how experienced, can learn from her work.

Then there's Tom Wik, a contractor who does Rolleiflex pictures of weird houses. Fascinating stuff, and very well done. He sees things that all of us tend to overlook.

Steven Gregory's work falls back into the "color for the sake of color" kind of thing that filled the mag in its earlier issues, but he does it very well, and I kind of like it. His "Death's Fortress, San Francisco" is a striking piece of work even though it's grossly overworked in post-processing.

Not everything in the mag is great, but if they keep this up, "Color" will become a force to be reckoned with.
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