The Demise of the Printed Page


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The Demise of the Printed Page

2 Jul 2020 12:33AM   Views : 282 Unique : 198

With the news that the July issue of Practical Photography will be the last, despite its very reasonable circulation, we seem to be moving more and more towards publications being online only. This does have its advantages, and I even get my morning paper on my iPad these days, but we are slowly losing the historical archive that printed magazines have provided. I have collected old photo magazines for a long time, preferably in bound editions for convenience, and they are a treasure trove of interesting information. Not only do we get articles that give real insight to the times, but we get reviews, adverts and other information that is incredibly useful to the photo historian and vintage equipment collector. OK, this is on the web in profusion, but some of it of doubtful accuracy and it is only there while it is maintained by somebody. A dusty old volume in a second hand bookshop might be there for decades just waiting, undisturbed, for us to happen upon it and hand over a modest amount of cash.

Most of my early inspiration came from magazines. Many a camera club talk made use of the same material. So I thought we could have a quick look at some of the magazines we have had, most of which we have now lost.

Practical Photography, 1975, at its peak of popularity?

Going back to 1906 when the magazines were addressed to Gentlemen and Ladies.

Amateur Photographer in 1948 looked little different over several decades.

Photography in 1951, the year's issues specially bound for me by my son as a present as it's my birth year.

Photorama in 1954, some colour but with the colour pictures often shared with other European magazines, no doubt due to cost.

Colour Photography in 1960, but don't expect much colour inside.

Photography in 1966, the second year of its relaunch and now including one of my favourite columnists, the redoubtable Kevin MacDonnell.

Creative Camera, 1968, sophisticated material and no doubt a small circulation that couldn't be sustained today.

Photography, 1970, and a larger format

Photo Technique, 1974, young, brash and confident.

Photo Technique, 1976, rapidly became my favourite under Jack Schofield's editorship.

Creative Photography, 1981, lasted just about a year but was brilliant.

Camera, 1982, large format, full of great photography.

Amateur Photographer, 2020, could this be the Last Man Standing?

Collecting old magazines is fascinating. Unfortunately, whoever bound the volumes often cut out the covers and the adverts, which is annoying because they add a lot of interest. But either way, having the magazines bound together is by far the most convenient way to collect them. There are still bookbinders out there as well who will do the job for quite a reasonable price. Of all these mnagazines though, I have a soft spot for Photography and Photo Technique, and spent many happy hours reading and re-reading them along with my 17 volumes of the Time Life series!


altitude50 16 19.2k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2020 6:39AM
Sorry to see any paper magazines go. I remember a magazine called SLR photography from the 70's and 80's I used to buy nearly every issue.
When offered a 'free' ebook or emagazine I never take up the offer. It is not the same.

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pablophotographer 9 1.6k 380
2 Jul 2020 2:03PM
Sad times Sad

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