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View Poll Results: I regularly read:
Leica Fotografie International 20 26.67%
M Magazine 12 16.00%
Inspired Eye 7 9.33%
Black+White Photography 20 26.67%
B&W 5 6.67%
LensWork 10 13.33%
Photo District News 0 0%
American Photo 0 0%
Digital Photo 0 0%
Digital Photo Pro 2 2.67%
Digital Photography 0 0%
Popular Photography 7 9.33%
Practical Photography 2 2.67%
Digital SLR Photography 0 0%
N Photo 0 0%
Outdoor Photographer 7 9.33%
Nature Photographer 0 0%
nature photography 0 0%
Professional Photographer 3 4.00%
Shutterbug 6 8.00%
Playboy (hey, it has pictures!) 2 2.67%
Other 36 48.00%
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Old 08-09-2016   #1
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What Magazine Do You Regularly Read?

Which photography magazine do you regularly read?
On Paper, on tablet, as PDF?
What subscriptions do you have?
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Old 08-09-2016   #2
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None? By choice or because you live on the North Pole?
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None. By choice. I used to read F11, a NZ publication, for some reason I stopped reading it. Not sure why.
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Used to read LFI regularly, and M. Aperture, Artforum, Art in America, InSight. Was in LFI. But I don't look at much anymore. Ended up not being able to sustain making a living at the art photography game, so I just work for me now. Thus my current avatar image. I look at about 300 folks on Instagram, and books and zines by people whose images I enjoy. I'm settled in my crazy range of cameras, nothing cutting edge, but each capable of doing what I need it to do. I get a lot of pleasure from what I see these days without a magazine. The pressure of remaining current really sucked the joy out of me.
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Outdoor and Popular, but I'm going to let Popular go. Black+White as long as it lasts. I did subscribe to LensWork but they never nagged me to renew and by the time I noticed I wasn't getting it I figured that I wasn't missing it. Used to do LFI but didn't renew that on purpose.
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The pressure of remaining current really sucked the joy out of me.
Same here. I'm torn between the need/desire to keep up what others do or simply ignoring others and doing my own thing.
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You forgot "View Camera".
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Same here. I'm torn between the need/desire to keep up what others do or simply ignoring others and doing my own thing.
I feel very lucky in being able to make enough of a living at something I don't terribly mind doing, which gives me some blocks of time to make photographs. Finding pleasure in photography no longer has any connection to finances for me, which it did from 1983 till about eight months ago. Now that what is "important" photographically has no relationship to "the market" I can look at only what turns me on without distraction. Bliss really. I ignore the market, I enjoy looking.

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You forgot "View Camera".
Why would anyone want to look at that? The most amateurishly produced photography magazine ever. Horrific design, with zero attention to detail (zero attention to most anything required for a publication) and generally marginal reproductions. Hard to believe it is still being printed. I tried again over the last two years with it, but really it is just pathetic.
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I used to do Amateur Photographer but it was coming later and later so I finally dropped it. I am letting LFI and M go. I really like them but I can only pay attention to just so much.

Right now I have subscriptions to Lenswork, both online and paper; View Camera, Black & White and Inspired Eye. I still have trouble keeping up with that much.

Between that, these forums, and all the books that Mike Johnston keeps recommending on The Online Photographer, I am pretty flooded.
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In the past, LFI ~ Inspired Eye ~
That's the two subscriptions that I have. Love both magazines. I occasionally buy the M magazine, but despite having a local Leica store, its not easy to get because they only have a few copies which are gone within a few days.

Your are lucky to live in a city with so many photo exhibits/galleries!
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None. Haven't bought a magazine or read one in years. Basically the articles are recycled over and over and many of them are trying to sell the latest gimmick whether hardware or software. Also I'm not interested in what someone else does because I don't want my work to look like everyone else's.
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Old 08-09-2016   #14
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Outdoor Photography
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I don't subscribe to any magazines anymore...
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Old 08-09-2016   #15
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None these days. They are not relevant to my preferred workflow as most are heavily biased to digital. I used to read Black and White Photography, the UK based one, and it was useful and informative, but I gave that up as it became too digital for my tastes.
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None now. I used to read Modern Photography and continued with Popular after they merged. And American Photography and LensWork. But with the rise of the internet, I get my input from online blogs, forums etc.

Sad for the magazines isn't it that so many of us no longer read them...
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LFI and M Magazine at the moment, both great publications
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Back in the 80s-90s I had a subscription to Leica Fotografie.

But now none regularly, maybe the AP and the BJP once or twice a year.

I have a subscription to Private Eye.
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In the past, LFI ~ Inspired Eye ~ Burn ~ L'oeil de la Photographie was a Constant companion... hardly anymore

Now Prefer the occasional Gallery, Museum, or stumbling upon an Article in the Gurdian, BBC, NYT
Same here. It's odd how a style of photography that may have excited once turns humdrum with time. The store where I buy film stocks LFI. Once in a while I shuffle through as I wait to be served and every time I feel I am looking at a variation of the same fifteen-twenty photos.

The only journal I check for content these days is the British Journal of Photography and this only for some of the essays. The Guardian and the NYT also have the occasional article of interest.

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I'm beginning to think I'm subscribing to lenswork out of habit - since issue 33.
Now it's showing a few color portfolios and often only gets a few minutes lookin before it lands on the stack.

The U.K. Black and white via iPad , while not up to the quality of classics like Ag+, seems the best currently available for me.
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No magazines anymore. When I used to get them they would end up in recycling.

Lots of information available right here.
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Currently, Road and Track and Hot Rod. Those are my subscriptions.

As far as photo mags, I tend to inspect the news-stand and grab one once every few months. But only if it's really got something relevant. Outdoor Photographer seems to do so more than the others.
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Outdoor photography and Black + White Photography, on my tablet.
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Magazines are woefully out of date. The only one I occasionally read is the excellent French one "Chasseur d'Images" when I visit my parents in the outskirts of Paris.
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Black and White, and f11. F11 is free, from New Zealand. Really good. Used to subscribe to LFI. I got sick of the endless social conscience grunge themes trying so hard to prove that Leicas aren't just for first world rich kids. Although I did enjoy the Arctic circle Barnack award winning photos a couple of years ago. Having become slightly less rich this year I dropped my subscription. Wouldn't mind getting the 2nd and 3rd M magazines.
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None. Zero. Nada.

I think I still get a couple of non-photo magazines as part of my membership in some organizations but I seldom if ever look at them. I also seldom read newspapers (despite, or perhaps because of, having previously worked as a photographer for the local daily). I'm not that much interested in current events and I can find out all I care to know from the Internet news sites and broadcast news. I keep up with a few photo blogs and information sites. But, truthfully, so many of the popular photo bloggers are such wretched photographers and writers and provide such poor advice I have little enthusiasm for them. I cannot abide "trendiness".

I do read quite a lot of books--fiction as well as non-fiction. I also buy and collect art and photography books, almost all monographs by photographers and/or artists whose work I enjoy. Fact is, I buy so many of these types of books I'm running out of shelf space and might have to donate some to the local university for their annual fund raising book sales event. But I love to see photos in print and I'm addicted to them bound in book form.

These are all alternatives to magazines for me. While there are exceptions, by and large, magazines today just seem to exist as advertising vehicles to sell products with little regard for other content.
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... truthfully, so many of the popular photo bloggers are such wretched photographers and writers and provide such poor advice I have little enthusiasm for them. I cannot abide "trendiness"...

...These are all alternatives to magazines for me. While there are exceptions, by and large, magazines today just seem to exist as advertising vehicles to sell products with little regard for other content.
Well said. I wholeheartedly agree.
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I agree that getting news (e.g., product announcements) from magazines doesn't make much sense in the Internet age.

However, some of the magazines -- in particular LFI and the M magazine -- focus on photo stories, are beautifully printed and timeless. I sometimes pull out a magazine from years ago, look at the pictures and am inspired.
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I sometimes read f11 (pdf free download). Nothing else - I prefer the web (BJP, ASX, and others) and photo books.
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Been reading The New Yorker since the first millennium.
Last few years, I subscribe to Vogue for the fashion ads and snippy global-smart attitude and to Fine Art America for short artist bios and sample works.
Years back I read Shutterbug (the large newspaper version) religiously, but I grew out of it.
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Been reading The New Yorker since the first millennium.
Last few years, I subscribe to Vogue for the fashion ads and snippy global-smart attitude and to Fine Art America for short artist bios and sample works.
Years back I read Shutterbug (the large newspaper version) religiously, but I grew out of it.
I do hope you mean the second millenium.
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I used to get a wide spectrum of photo magazines, beginning in 1968. I loved them and collected them, but now subscribe to none. I consider Camera 35 to have been the all-time best. I still have many of the issues and thumb through them occasionally just for old times' sake.

Nowadays, I find more interesting content on Kirk Tuck's blog, The Online Photographer, and a few other blogs and forums such as this one than I can find in today's magazines.
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I have kept some of the older ones - American Photographer and the English Black and White - for the photo spreads they did. American Photographer once devoted nearly two dozen pages to a photo essay on a small town - Cuba - in Kansas. Every now and then, I get them out and read through them, sometimes for nostalgia, but mostly to see good black and white work on paper. That look can't be duplicated on a screen.
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"View Camera" back in the '80's.

None since then.
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None. Sometimes I get older magazines from a friend but honestly apart from some gear tests that you can read just as well on the net I don't see why anyone would buy a magazine.
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Only Black & White Photpgraphy UK for me now. Used to work in the news trade for some years and got to read every one of them. B&W is good as shows good work from both pro and amateur photographers, both film and digital. I've bought it from the beginning and it's now nearly up to issue 200. Think I may have to pass them on soon to gain some space.

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