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    Quote Originally Posted by lenswork View Post
    Thanks for posting the question -- and I'm happy to answer!

    Quite honestly, we don't have the foggiest idea what camera is being used when we select work for publication. In fact, we never read the bios or any technical data in our selection process. We (rather radically, I guess) look only at the photographs -- and only rarely, when it is an important component of understanding the images, will we look at the artist's statement.

    thats great, thanks for the reply.

    I started to notice what equipment the photographers list as the current issue has a wonderful portfolio of portraits, and I was wondering what this fellow manages to travel the world with. I really enjoyed this issue.

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    35mm

    It could have been last year or so but there was an excellant portfolio on spanish bullfighting taken I believe in Spain with a Nikon F100. The work was outstanding. Seek and you shall find....
    Best, Peter

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    I think the style of Lenswork which is mostly immobile subjects is what attracts the MF and LF shooters. I only kept my subscription for a year as I found the images repetitive. But that's my own preferences and ofcourse most magazines have a particular style and that's very fine.
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    Ari,

    I've seen documentary style photographs, amazing portraits, and very interesting images in Lenswork. Yes, there are lots of still subject matter but that's not all they publish. The bull fighting images were a very long term project and I think they were 35mm film. There might have been another portfolio of bull fighting as well.

    One year isn't indicative of the range of work that I have seen published in Lenswork. I've been buying it off the news stand for the last 4-5 years and the range of work I've seen published has been varied and exceptional.
    I shoot 35mm and I wouldn't hesitate to submit work to them if I felt I had enough material in a particular project.

    If it was only one style and one kind of format I wouldn't buy it as consistently as I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lenswork View Post
    .... we try to make the focus of LensWork the images, not the gear..... Brooks Jensen Editor, LensWork Publishing
    I suggest you might want to emphasize this even further by not mentioning the gear at all, Brooks.

    I buy Lenswork based on the images and not the gear used to produce them. Personnaly, I strictly use film but I can appreaciate a "good eye" whether analog or digital and the bits about the hardware might be best suited for the countless gear-oriented publications and not the image-oriented ones such as yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Grenier View Post
    I suggest you might want to emphasize this even further by not mentioning the gear at all, Brooks.

    I buy Lenswork based on the images and not the gear used to produce them. Personnaly, I strictly use film but I can appreaciate a "good eye" whether analog or digital and the bits about the hardware might be best suited for the countless gear-oriented publications and not the image-oriented ones such as yours.
    I'll second that emotion!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Grenier View Post
    I suggest you might want to emphasize this even further by not mentioning the gear at all, Brooks.
    I second that mention too. I noticed that Aperture never mentions camera and film/digi information, and I don't feel like anything is lacking from it. With Lenswork, I'm always looking at the camera information and it more or less subconsciously lead me to think "if I buy the same gear as he does I will make great photos too". Not that I actually believe this, but there is always a nagging uncertainty in the beginner that the tools are not adequate. On the other hand, when I look at Aperture, I never have that anxiety. I look at the photos and think "this was made by a good artist and I want to think about what it says".

    Some pictures in Lenswork held my interest because of the way in which they were produced ("Oh, I didn't know you could do that with XYZ") but they weren't interesting enough otherwise. If you want your readers to appreciate the art first, then taking a certain distance from the tools could help. People can focus on the imagistic work rather than on the medium work.
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    Very few photo magazines inspire me to go out and be a better photographer. Lenswork does that. It's focus is the image, and I look at those first, and later, the equipment used, just because I am interested.

    I dropped my Aperture subscription because for one, I got tired of seeing mediocre photography passed off as art. Second, I wasn't inspired by most of what was there in recent issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfobrien View Post
    Very few photo magazines inspire me to go out and be a better photographer. Lenswork does that. It's focus is the image, and I look at those first, and later, the equipment used, just because I am interested.

    I dropped my Aperture subscription because for one, I got tired of seeing mediocre photography passed off as art. Second, I wasn't inspired by most of what was there in recent issues.
    I hear you - I have very few magazine subscriptions, but Lenswork is one of them. I am enjoy both the articles and the photogrpahs, and I am often inspired by the work presented. I'm only occasionaly interested in the technical aspects of the photographs, but I don't mind them overly if they are included. On the other hand, I'm afraid that Aperture has been on the list of magazine to be browsed and purchased only they look worth the cover price for some while now, along with a number of other magazines unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfobrien View Post
    I dropped my Aperture subscription because for one, I got tired of seeing mediocre photography passed off as art. Second, I wasn't inspired by most of what was there in recent issues.
    I dropped mine for the same reason. I checked the new edition at Borders the other day and saw no reason to regret my decision.
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