Popular Photography and American Photo magazines no longer exist

Mar 7, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Popular Photography and American Photo magazines no longer exist

Mar 7, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Today is a sad day in photography world: after 80 years, Popular Photography magazine will no longer exist. Its sister magazine American Photo also closes after almost two years of being online-only. The upcoming March 2017/April 2017 will be their last issues, and they won’t even keep the websites alive. Starting from Friday, March 10th, both websites will stop uploading new content.

The first issue of Popular Photography (or Pop Photo) hit the newsstands in 1937, and it was based in New York City. It was a monthly magazine for all these years, but they switched to bi-monthly edition about six months ago. However, it seems this wasn’t enough to keep the magazine alive, so Pop Photo will definitely be folded due to declining ad revenues.

Just like its sister magazine, American Photo will suffer the same fate. It has been web-only for about two years now, and it will also stop adding new content from March 10th.

Both magazines have been issued by Bonnier for the past couple of years. Bonnier’s CEO, Eric Zinczenko, made the closing announcement via a company-wide email.

We live in the digital age, and some might say that the printed issues are obsolete. However, this certainly was a shock and a sad news for photographers all over the world, not just in the US. I always find it sad to see photography magazines shut down, no matter if they are printed or web-based. And it’s especially sad to see the most popular and the most influential magazine, such as Pop Photo, go to history.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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8 responses to “Popular Photography and American Photo magazines no longer exist”

  1. Grinn Bearitt Avatar
    Grinn Bearitt

    bummer.

  2. Steve Korevec Avatar
    Steve Korevec

    So, will subscribers receive a refund?

  3. David Zimmerman Avatar
    David Zimmerman

    That is too bad. I guess I can toss out my renewal notice.

    1. mzphoto Avatar
      mzphoto

      Are you by any chance the David Z I knew at Brooks back in the late 70’s??

  4. Edward Philip Maria Nafzger Avatar
    Edward Philip Maria Nafzger

    so i have now some collectors versions left in my house to bad. sometimes welcome to the digital world isn´t better same happened with a lot of stereo shops and later with Photography shops all over this globe.

  5. Brian Menin Avatar
    Brian Menin

    I’ve still got a collection of American Photographer and American Photo magazines from the 80s and 90s. Plenty can be learned from them.

  6. Snaps Avatar
    Snaps

    I already have the final issue, March/April, and didn’t know it was the last one. I’ve been subscribing since the early ’50s and my current subscription is supposed to be through the Sept./Oct. issue. I trust I’ll receive a refund. At least Shutterbug is still publishing–but who knows?

  7. Terry Wasson Avatar
    Terry Wasson

    I’m sorry to see Pop Photo go. I am however angry about my subscription. As some sort of trade I now receive Popular Science as a replacement. I have zero interest in this magazine and it goes straight to the trash. Since I had a several year subscription left on Pop Photo I feel cheated. No one ever asked me if I wanted Pop Science.