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I am a Camera … Magazine



Apogee Photo Magazine


Pixiport Art Photography


Various unrelated things came together recently to inspire today’s post. First, we’ve been thinking about covers and titles over the last two weeks. Second, we were listening to a recent interview with Samir Husni, a.k.a. Mr. Magazine on NPR’s radio program “Here and Now.” Third, we were perusing the magazine racks at our local Borders store—where the vast number of magazines related to photography, digital imaging, and the visual arts generally struck us. Finally, there was that not-quite-realized intention to title these posts on titles using, well, famous titles, and the title of a 1951 play by John Van Druten bubbled to the surface: I am a Camera. The play was also made into a movie in 1955 and starred Julie Harris, Laurence Harvey, and Shelley Winters.

We live in a World of the Image. Images are used to attract attention, convey information and communicate with us on many levels. As our ability to create and mass-produce images has increased, it is only natural that interest in how this is done has increased as well.

Digging deeper into the subject, we discovered that magazines dedicated to photography and digital imaging don’t really make up a particularly large category in the overall magazine publishing industry when measured by number of titles per category.

In a ranking of 280 categories of magazines, Photography is 86th, well below such categories as Music & Music Trends, Nursing, and Agriculture & Agricultural Supplies. Even the category of Poetry & Creative Writing ranked 26th in the list. The list itself—compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors and available here—is quite interesting and may well inspire further study and discussions here at Dwarf Planet Press.

For example, the category Science Fiction and Fantasy came in 124th on the list, ahead of Books & Book Trade but far behind Needlework & Knitting…

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We thank Amazon.com for the photo of Aperture.


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