Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/29

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Subject: [Leica] Magazine quality
From: "Doug Richardson" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 15:16:40 -0000

Alex Brattell <> wrote:

>I am thinking of ending my subscription to the British Journal of
Photography - it has too many mistakes in it, reading like it was
spallchucked but not proof read. It is more and more just a collection
press releases and some quick articles. Well, it's a bit better than
but I have come to  expect a lot from this ancient and venerable
that is supposed to be the last word on its subject.

I've got a similar opinion about the British weekly "Amateur
Photographer".  Looking through some of my father's old Leica-related
papers and catalogues, I came across a review which he'd kept. It
reminded me just how informative and well-written the old "AP" used to
be. There was some discussion in the last few months about how the
magazine had badly reviewed the M6, and had published a reader's
anti-Leica "flame" letter. This doesn't surprise me; today's "AP" is a
poorly-written tabloid-style magazine whose idea of journalism is to
invite readers to vote for the Greatest Camera of all Time, and to run
a "20 years ago" column which makes sneery comments about older issues
of the magazine.


Doug Richardson