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'Popular Photography' magazine and PopPhoto.com to close after nearly 80 years

 
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Mar 07, 2017 11:37 |  #1

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the United States of American when the first issue of Popular Photography Magazine hit newsstands in May of 1937. Now, nearly 80 years later, one of the world's most widely circulated photography print publications is closing.

The upcoming March/April issue will be the last, and as of Friday, March 10th, no new content will be published on PopPhoto.com. This news comes after the publication switched to a bi-monthly print schedule about six months ago.

Pop Photo's sister publication, American Photo Magazine, had been Web-only for the past couple of years; it will also stop updating its website as of this coming Friday.

Eric Zinczenko, the CEO of Bonnier, parent company of both titles, made the announcement earlier today via a company-wide email.




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Mar 07, 2017 14:28 |  #2

That was one of the first magazines I read back in the 70's when I first got the camera bug.

PP's closing is a sign of the times, I guess. Many households don't even have *books* in them...they read via tablets, phones, computers, etc.,. Honestly, most of the time more detailed and varied information can be found by "surfing" than can be found between the covers of a magazine. This is fine until the power goes out....and stays out. Just sayin'...


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Mar 07, 2017 14:50 |  #3

I get my daily paper over the i-net, but seeing those two mags go is kinda' sad.


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Mar 07, 2017 15:16 |  #4

PhotosGuy wrote in post #18294562 (external link)
I get my daily paper over the i-net, but seeing those two mags go is kinda' sad.


That says it all - and I, too now read the LA Times on my tablet - and now that I've adjusted very much prefer it. Print publications are really struggling. It is sad.


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Mar 07, 2017 15:57 |  #5

In more recent decades, the beneficial articles in magazines like Popular Photography and Modern Photography had declined to somewhat thinly disguised promotional articles that were seldom critical about products. But my photo education started with those magazines about 50 years ago, when there were lots of informative articles and when they offered objective measurements and honest observations to assess products. So it is sad when the Herb Kepplers of the world, and venerable titles like Popular Photography and Modern Photography vanish into the sunset.


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Mar 07, 2017 16:13 |  #6

Intheswamp wrote in post #18294541 (external link)
That was one of the first magazines I read back in the 70's when I first got the camera bug.

PP's closing is a sign of the times, I guess. Many households don't even have *books* in them...they read via tablets, phones, computers, etc.,. Honestly, most of the time more detailed and varied information can be found by "surfing" than can be found between the covers of a magazine. This is fine until the power goes out....and stays out. Just sayin'...

Ya know, those still are book, just in a different form. I am one of those that have purged myself of paper and gone digital. I read more now than I ever did when paper was all you could get.


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Mar 07, 2017 16:20 |  #7

I hate to see it happen but I also understand it. I am annavid reader and made the switch to electronic books about a year ago.

From a feel standpoint i prefer a printed page, bit from a convienance standpoint having it electronically cannot be beat. I started reading on an ipad but now read almost everything on my phone since i always have it with me.

In addition, having reference books at all times, the ability to do text searches...its just hard to beat it.


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Mar 07, 2017 16:21 |  #8

Likewise, before the internet, the bulk of my knowledge cam from these magazines.
The times they are a changing.


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Mar 07, 2017 20:58 |  #9

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Thank you for posting this, Rick.

I really appreciate your commentary......it is nice to see your perspective, instead of just a link to what someone else has to say about the issue.

Good post!

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Mar 08, 2017 11:49 |  #10

Intheswamp wrote in post #18294541 (external link)
That was one of the first magazines I read back in the 70's when I first got the camera bug.

PP's closing is a sign of the times, I guess. Many households don't even have *books* in them...they read via tablets, phones, computers, etc.,. Honestly, most of the time more detailed and varied information can be found by "surfing" than can be found between the covers of a magazine. This is fine until the power goes out....and stays out. Just sayin'...

Truly is a sign of the times. I am the same, got rid of all my books and read everything tablet or online.


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May 06, 2017 19:27 |  #11

I guess I'm a little late to the party, but I just found out about this. Today, I received a copy of Popular Science in the mail with a short note the PP was now gone. I used to read PS when I was a kid, but no interest now., and certainly not related to Photography? I will miss PP.

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May 06, 2017 22:28 as a reply to lowrider's post |  #12

I just found out today also, the same way as Lou. Like many others here, I learned a lot from PP when I started out in photography, which for me was the early 1980's. In the past 20 years or so I've been an on-and-off subscriber. Most of the editorial content had gone waaay downhill ("How to Pick a Zoom Lens"), but I found the PhotoShop and Lightroom tips helpful

The other "feature" in the past that made it worth the $10 subscription cost was the ads. All of the big NYC camera stores used to have big ads, some as long as 10-15 pages, but recently even those had dwindled to a page or two of featured products and a link to their web sites.

I was already planning to let my subscription lapse this fall, but now that's done. Popular Science wouldn't be my first choice if I were to subscribe to a science magazine (it would be Science News or Scientific American), but it's more appealing to me than the other choices.

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May 08, 2017 11:23 |  #13

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I think that the challenge for magazines is that they need to be able to offer content to their readership that the readership cannot get on the internet. But how? I mean, if you can print something on a page, then you can also put that same content on a website.

So while a printed magazine can give me a really good article about something I'm interested in, for instance, "How to Create Bird Photography Setups", I can go online and find dozens of well-written articles and dozens of high quality YouTube videos about the same thing. For free.

So my question is, how can printed magazines give us more options than the internet, and how can they give us better content than the internet? That is the challenge that they face, and if they can't figure that out, then they will continue to fail. And I don't know if they will ever figure it out, because I do not even think it is possible.

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May 08, 2017 11:51 |  #14

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18349176 (external link)
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I think that the challenge for magazines is that they need to be able to offer content to their readership that the readership cannot get on the internet. But how? I mean, if you can print something on a page, then you can also put that same content on a website.

So while a printed magazine can give me a really good article about something I'm interested in, for instance, "How to Create Bird Photography Setups", I can go online and find dozens of well-written articles and dozens of high quality YouTube videos about the same thing. For free.

So my question is, how can printed magazines give us more options than the internet, and how can they give us better content than the internet? That is the challenge that they face, and if they can't figure that out, then they will continue to fail. And I don't know if they will ever figure it out, because I do not even think it is possible.

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Even if they do find something that can be offered on printed paper as opposed to printed electrons, you still have all the cost of paper, printing infrastructure, storage, shipping, retail space, etc. so whatever they do offer has to also be pretty inexpensive to offset all the other costs.


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May 08, 2017 12:58 |  #15

Will miss the Spiratone ads.

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