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    Photography magazines: Next Level

    Along with Aperture and Blind Spot, Next Level (http://www.nextleveluk.com/) has become one of my must-look-at-in-the-newsagents-and-probably-buy photography magazines. It does have a few adverts at the front that set off the hype detector, but once you are past those it is ad-free. Though it only comes out twice a year, each issue is substantial.

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    Is it a portfolio (photos only) magazine?
    The subscription prices are pretty high, I hope it is for its good print quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arigram
    I hope it is for its good print quality.
    It better be fibre based with those subscription fees

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    I work with a friend of the editors ... it has a very "modern" style of photgraphy in it, and is very good!

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    It does appear to be a bit pricey. But, $12/issue or so for U.S. delivery really isn't too bad for a high-quality photo magazine with minimal advertising. Publishing costs are probably one of the few things in the world more under-appreciated than photographer's expenses.
    [COLOR=SlateGray]"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain[/COLOR]

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    I agree, it does seem expensive for a magazine, but it has over 100 pages of well-printed photographs without interruptions by advertising - you could liken it to a bumper edition of Aperture in terms of the amount of photographs and text. It does not deal with technique or equipment at all.

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    Aperture and Commercial Arts (photo annual @~17.00usd) are not far behind in cost and are, when comparred to a soft cover book of similar content, down right cheap.

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    While I would like to accept your assertions, my unfortunate experience with photo magazines leads me to want two things. First, I would like to see an actual copy to decide whether the quality justifies the price. Unfortunately, neither Borders nor Barnes & Noble carry this publicaiton in my area.

    My second concern is that I have been burned by boutique magazine publishers - both in the US and in the UK. In the US there was the famous Darkroom Photography debacle. Followed by Camera & Darkroom. Followed in recent months by PhotoVision. Three times on one publication ought to have taught me a lesson. Of course, they sold the mailing list to "Outdoor Photography" - an equipment-shilling rag that I throw away the same day it arrives in the mail.

    But then there was Darkroom User, later relabeled Camera & Darkroom and published in the UK. Excellent publication - but alas the publication schedule had to be sacrificed to the publisher's need to be the sole caregiver for his ailing wife. And when they moved to France, publication ceased, even through my subscription had more than a year left to run. Only in this case, they didn't sell the mailing list to another publisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
    It does appear to be a bit pricey. But, $12/issue or so for U.S. delivery really isn't too bad for a high-quality photo magazine with minimal advertising. Publishing costs are probably one of the few things in the world more under-appreciated than photographer's expenses.
    I think your math is wrong, 72 pounds translates to about $140 USD. For 4 issues that is about $35 per issue....too rich for my taste, I dont care how good is the photography.
    If I wanted to order it, I would end up paying almost $50 per issue...thanks, but no thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge
    I think your math is wrong . . .
    You're right, Jorge. I didn't have my other eyes on, and missed the £ symbol.

    But, I think that focuses even tighter on the underlying issue of whether high-quality analog publications are economically feasible absent a strong advertising base to underwrite the costs of publication. If we want affordable subscription fees, we need to put up with the ads.
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