Popular Photography magazine to close doors after 80 years.

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by marc_bergman|1, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. I just signed up. It says now going to 6 expanded issues per year. Nothing about closing the doors.
  2. The decision to close down seems to have been made only today or yesterday.
  3. I guess I better get a refund from them asap.
  4. I'll miss it, although the high point for me was Keppler's editorship at Modern.

    Here is one of the early subscription cards
    • Popular-Photography-1939-03-card.jpg
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  5. I used to read Pop and Modern regularly. I leaned toward Modern and the regular columns but have gotten away from reading any of it these days. Sorry to see it going.

    Rick H.
  6. PapaTango

    PapaTango Itinerant Philosopher

    A very melancholy passing. The card JDM loaded reminds me of the old issues that I was handed off in the 60s--read by someone else and passed on to "the kid." I can still see the Spirotone, Exacta, Miranda, Soligar, and other ads screaming at me to buy from sketchy mail order companies! It was the same with such as Popular Mechanics and a host of other specialty interest mags that were out and catering to folks before the days of too many TV channels and dumbphones glued to the hand...
    Digital editions are great for some, but like with books I prefer to turn pages and hold paper. I guess soon everything we read will be digital and in lines of 140 characters or less... :confused:
  7. Gentlepersons,

    It is popular amongst mealy-mouth, can't-do business organizations, some of them publishers, to blame their current failures on the internet, electronic media, digital cameras, and even the fact that people just don't appreciate them to the degree they should be appreciated. The real cause is poor business management, sloppy business practices, poor cash flow management, bad customer service, and the arrogance that comes from really thinking, deep down inside, that people should buy what they have to sell because they are, of course, themselves.

    Popular Photography kept changing in a way and "reinventing" themselves and "improving" their format and depreciating their content until they became irrelevant. Maybe their higher-salaried people learned that in the same classes as did Sears and Kodak mis-managers, etc., etc., etc.

    Modern Photography is missed. Herb Kepler and his various columns and editorship are missed. Today's Popular Photography won't be.

    A.T. Burke
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  8. Business practices of traditional vendors are not sloppy, just out of date.

    The internet is especially tough on printed media, including newspapers, magazines, even junk mail. It doesn't stop there. Sears is on the brink (actually past) of bankruptcy. Pennies and Macies are closing dozens of stores, and shopping malls are plagued with vacancies.Publications I read, like Infoworld and Pro Audio Review went electronic ten years ago. I get Scientific American in the mail, but read the Kindle version. I can search the internet for reviews of equipment, including photo gear, that interests me, and get dozens of hits. Office supply companies no longer carry the things I need for business, at least in business quantities. I buy supplies from Amazon, from file folders and envelopes to pencils and rubber bands.
  9. I stopped my subscription when Keppler passed away. There is nothing worth reading in today's Pop Photo any more. No I won't miss pop.
  10. James G. Dainis

    James G. Dainis Moderator

    I like the subscription card that JDM showed. That helps date the changes in photography. I don't think anyone has used the see-saw method of tray developing 120/220 film in the darkroom in decades. And that looks not unlike an old Federal enlarger, just a bulb, film holder and lens. Nothing fancy there.
  11. Dunno but Conde Nast and strong editors managed to breath new life into the New Yorker and re-made it into a solid media platform. PopPhoto had no edge, voice or purpose beyond fawning "reviews," photo contests, and the very occasional tech tutorial that didn't require 5 mortgage payments worth of gear. Often took a copy from the library, read what mattered to me in a few minutes, and returned it wondering why I'd checked it out.
  12. Being a film photographer the magazines have little of interest to me. I do not even take a quick look at the grocery market and would say it's been 10 or more years since I picked up a Popular Photography magazine. I do not subscribe to any magazines actually as they will dog you for years if you try one out.
  13. I just ordered a subscription. PP use to be relatively popular back in 1980's, but later became nothing but a place for manufacturers to dump their ads. I can remember the entire magazine having only 2 or 3 articles and every thing else was nothing but advertisements. That's when I stopped buying it. Lately though, they seemed to have made a comeback with interesting articles, reviews and how-to's, which they were known for in their hey day. Maybe it was too little to late...
  14. I enjoyed Popular Photography since the day I bought an SLR from my brother in 1997; I've maintained a subscription over the years because it was so inexpensive (I didn't even realize it was all over and I'd been paying $5.00/year for awhile). Since digital dominated I didn't really read much of the content.

    Used to love Herbert Keppler's segments, Bob Krist's travel columns...Krist was at Outdoor Photographer for awhile but even his website/blog hasn't been updated in awhile.

    The forum at PopPhoto.com was great for a few years as well - I recently found all my posts/comments in the archive. Fun to be able to find all that stuff.

    I recently tossed a huge pile of magazines from 2008-present in the recycling bin. I don't think I'll miss those but I'd love to have some of Popular Photography when I first got into photography in 1997 with the 10(?) pages of B&H, etc. at the back and a full page of film choices.
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  15. It is sad, but I think all industry in kind of crisis mod now, including "photonet". Magazines disappearing from shelves, quality of pictures are down, not technically but as of content. They don't have in house photographers anymore, all work is outsourced. Natgeo let everybody go, and in my opinion magazine have lost a lot of attraction and viewers. Look at all magazines covers on the shelves, it is pure advertising, no storytelling, no news photos looking like art anymore, like those Life use to publish.
    Profit chasing killing the spirit , art doesn't fit in budgets.
  16. Yes, got the same sad news in the April issue of Digital Imaging Reporter. The article was written by Jason Schneider.

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