Do you read American PHOTO or its blog? You should. It’s loaded with contests, how-to articles, camera reviews, juicy podcasts, and stunning photography.
I have to admit that this exhortation doesn’t make me feel like I’m much of a photographer. I’m uninterested in contests, find most how-to articles to be missing the point (“How to make your model’s eyes 15% bigger in Photoshop with Just Three Clicks!”), find podcasts to be a tiresome way to get information (I can read much faster than most people speak), and while I’m interested in photography, I seem to be less and less interested in the ‘Stunning’ sort and more and more interested in the quiet, quotidian sort.
So it would seem that perhaps American Photo magazine and the blog are not for me. I had a subscription to American Photo, once, long ago. Issues started appearing, unbidden, and no amount of marking the issues ‘return to sender’ or calling them on the phone to cancel this mysterious ‘subscription’ seemed to stem the unending flow. To put it bluntly, American Photo was the platonic ideal of the sort of photo magazine I don’t much like. I’m probably weird that way.
There have been photo magazines that I did like. I liked the old Camera and Darkroom, and I liked the old Darkroom and Creative Camera Techniques (now Photo Techniques).
My favorite, though, was the old Lenswork, back when it was published in the 8.5×11 format and didn’t have any photos in it. Imagine that – a magazine about photography that had no photographs in it! It was just articles (or maybe essays) about photography as art. I loved it. I still have those early issues somewhere. I should dig them out and give them another read.