The Black and White Enthusiast magazine

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  1. Dave Miller

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    Today I received my first copy of “The Black and White Enthusiast” magazine, and am quite impressed.

    Details available at:

    www.blackandwhitemag.com

    for any one else that’s interested.
     
  2. Jorge

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    It seems like a good magazine, I wish they had some examples of their issues in the web site.
     
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    I was impressed with it a couple of years back when I picked most of the processing for permanence series (Tim Rudman), which later was published in his toning book.

    excellent presentation, useful articles (at least in those issues)
     
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    Sorry guys, but unless the pictures are printed in platinum and the magazine binding is with gold wire- $66 a year for 4 issues is a bit Outer Limits!
     
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    As a retiree living on a fixed income,$66. a year just doesn't fit the budget; got too many other addictions that need my money.
     
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    Ah....now I know why I never saw it at newstands......lol...
     
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    Ouch ... just think how many rolls of film that would buy lol
     
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    OTOH these guys are surviving by subscriptions alone. No Ads! now, that is a pretty gutsy move to make. These are my kind of people, I think an subscription for one year is not out of the question.
     
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    I picked up an issue of this magazine on a whim at the local Barnes & Noble and I was very impressed. And for what you get, $66 for a two year subscription is well worth it (and I am both cheap and broke). It's a shame really - England has a very good black & white photography magazine, and with this one the Aussies have done it right, but the U.S. can't produce anything for the B&W (mostly) analog enthusiast.

    Joe
     
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    I think you mis-read their advert.
    From where I sit it's $8.5 per issue which is about $1.50 more than the price of the newstand equivelent, which is mainly adverts, and $4.00 cheaper than Lenswork, which is also excellent value.
     
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    " but the U.S. can't produce anything for the B&W (mostly) analog enthusiast."

    This really is a shame. Fact is the U.S. can't produce much of anything in a mag for film users. Pop Photo should be renamed Pop PhotoSHOP! There is very little about photography in it anymore. Thank goodness for our Brit and Aussie friends when it comes to film mags! As for the cost of the Aussie mag, I get it from Hastings Books for $7.00 a copy. Not bad at all for a mag with no ads. I only wish it were monthly.
     
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    It's interesting how threads like this develop and become eye openers. On this side of the pond we generally get the impression that in the States there are more opportunities, materials and supply chain for everyones interests. Strange to hear that with things like mags us and the Aussies have got it right. I guess sometimes it's hard to see ye olde wood for the tree's and appreciate what we have over here.
     
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    Rodinal for your life & that of your offspring & possibly theirs! haha :D
    Jeanette
     
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    Only 3 generations? If the bottle is unopenned maybe another couple :surprised: LOL
     
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    I've picked up the mag at newstands for past couple of years & enjoyed its content. Unfortunately, according to the editorial, it too will be flowing with the digi tsunami. I just do not understand why magazines feel compelled to offer beginning level photoshop advice on how to de-saturate an image, etc.. Those embracing the digi revolution will hardly be satisfied with such paltry offerings while those of us who view digi as a different path will see fewer articles to our needs.
     
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    Ha! I just bought my first copy and have eagerly read it cover to cover. It seems to be a tax write off kind of vanity enterprise of the publisher. Thank goodness for people like him!! The paper stock is first rate, the articles...well...they're a work in progress but eminently worth reading, but the images are not nearly as well printed as Lenswork's are despite the quality of the paper. I am, nonetheless, immensely impressed by the publisher's passion and enthusiasm. His committment to analog, traditional photography is perhaps unique at the moment, although he explains in his editorial, that the inevitable digital component of contemporary craft may not be possible to just ignore. By all means buy it if you can....like apug itself, it's a rare and precious entitiy and needs the support of all who highly regard its' reason for being.
     
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    I'm not sure that's quite what the Editor meant, however it is a rather sad fact that all such publications will have to attract a wider consumer base somehow. Even Lenswork, for example, relies on the sale of non-photographs to make ends meet.
     
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    That just about sums up my feelings, a little like using the corner shop so that it may still be there next year.
     
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    I pick up a mag called B&W. I believe it's printed California. Now it may not be analog only, but it seems like an ok mag to me. It has ads but not half the mag like a lot of others. It does show case various artists and their work. Another mag I am thinking of dropping is PhotoLife. It deals with mostly colour, but lately has been mostly Digital. Doesn't have a lot of ads and they are Canadian dealers/shops. A rareity here when most other mags have more NYC shop ads than pics.
     
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    From the website under subscriptions~~

    USA / Canada

    2 Year Subscription
    US Subscription: $40 USD
    +
    Express Air Mail: $26 USD
    =
    Total: $66 USD
     
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    B&W the USA version that you picked up has taken a stance a few months back to only take analog submissions. No digital is accepted. You will hear more about that magazine here on apug in the next couple of months. I wish I could say more, but It will be a pleasant surprise.
     
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    Evidently Barnes & Noble will carry it, but you have to ask them to order it if they aren't already getting it.

    My local B&N had Lenswork, B&W Photography (tulips on front), and B&W (I think - Egrets on the front right now), but no B&W Enthusiast. They did say they would order it for me the next time they get a shipment.
     
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    When the APUG mag was first touted I was going to grab a copy of this to send to Aggie as an example of a small specialist magazine but couldn't find one on the shelves here in Aus. I've browsed it but never actually bought it because the news stand price here, I'm pretty sure, is quite expensive. It seems to be published by Fotospeed ( http://www.fotospeed.com.au/ ). I recently saw it again but balked at the price they were asking. B&W Photography (UK) costs me $13.95 ($10US) and I like to buy a UK motorsport mag that's even dearer and that just about tops out my monthly magazine budget! I'm going to have another look and compare the subscription proces versus the newstand one!
     
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    Now Aggie didn't anyone tell you it isn't nice to tease the animals! :sad:
     
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    Nige you will laugh. Yesterday in the discussions about a magazine in England named AG that is a Black and White magazine, I thought it was that one I had purchsed in April. As it turns out I have an April copy of Black and White Enthuiast the one with a color picture of 7 pears on the cover. The cover may be color, the rest is all Black and Ehite. The price was $5.99 and I purchased it in aof all places, a Smith's grocery store in St. George Utah. It is 32 pages in length. Their website says they are increasing to 40 pages. I'm glad to see such a magazine out there.