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01/02/2009 02:20:58 AM · #1
Did you guys get this?!? The best mag out there, in my opinion;

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Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we've been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share jpgmag.com with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We'll always have the memories! www.jpgmag.com/downloads/archives.html
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you'd like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community. www.flickr.com/groups/jpgmag/
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we'll miss you guys! We'll be checking the account jpgletters@gmail.com in our free time going forward. We can't promise to reply to every email (since we'll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we'd love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we'll be updating you on what's happening with your subscription early next week.

We're soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief
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I blame Obama

Message edited by author 2009-01-02 02:35:42.
01/02/2009 02:33:21 AM · #2
Originally posted by ericwoo:

Did you guys get this?!? The best mag out there, in my opinion;

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we've been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share jpgmag.com with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We'll always have the memories! www.jpgmag.com/downloads/archives.html
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you'd like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community. www.flickr.com/groups/jpgmag/
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we'll miss you guys! We'll be checking the account jpgletters@gmail.com in our free time going forward. We can't promise to reply to every email (since we'll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we'd love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we'll be updating you on what's happening with your subscription early next week.

We're soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

I blame Obama


Hi Eric, you might want to catch the original text in quotes. It almost seems as if Laura is the one blaming Obama too:-)

P.S. I got the same email too. Its a shame they wont be around.
01/02/2009 02:37:30 AM · #3
Funny, I did that just as I looked over what I posted. For the record, and in gist, I, Eric, blamed Obama, NOT JPG. All that political BS aside, and without making this into a Rant, I really will miss the mag. It was my absolute favorite.

E
01/02/2009 02:42:57 AM · #4
I blame Bush since his administration is the cause of the economic crisis.

... and yes it's too bad that the website does not survive.

Message edited by author 2009-01-02 02:43:41.
01/02/2009 02:43:54 AM · #5
I just read this. So very very sad :(
01/02/2009 02:46:36 AM · #6
Bummer! At least I did my bit and kept my subscription current.

I wonder if part of the problem was that almost everything in the magazine appeared on the website before it showed up on the newsstand or in the mailbox. By the time I got my copy, I'd seen almost everything in it before.
01/02/2009 02:47:23 AM · #7
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

I blame Bush since his administration is the cause of the economic crisis.


Yeah, him, too. Either way, I hate that the mag folded. Please don't take my poor placement of political humor and make it into a bitch session. My mindset is this, as has it always been; no matter where MY vote fell, we have a new leader of the country that I dearly love. I wish him/her the best, and I offer my support and service in any way I can to make us better and stronger.

Now, back to the loss of JPG...
01/02/2009 08:49:51 AM · #8
got it this morning. It is a shame. The only mag I subscribed to.
01/02/2009 08:59:20 AM · #9
It is a shame because it seemed like they put a lot of work into it. I did like some of the essays they chose (although I saw some really good ones on their site that never got printed). Also, I often felt that a lot of their "we wish we could have put these in the issue" choices were often quite better than what they actually chose to print. So for that reason, I never chose to subscribe to the magazine. RIP JPG
01/02/2009 09:33:33 AM · #10
I'm surprised they're folding. Over the last few months it looked like the entries went off the charts. I used to get a lot of views and votes but it all dipped dramatically. Perhaps over popularity was their kiss of death.

Too bad. Some of the coolest work I saw on the internet was up on their site. I also liked the fact that they favored limited if any processing. I had an image bumped from the site which had some reasonably minor saturation play, at around 159 "Yeahs". What a bummer but it showed their dedication to straight photography, which I admire.

Message edited by author 2009-01-02 09:34:44.
01/02/2009 09:36:25 AM · #11
Originally posted by pawdrix:

I'm surprised they're folding. Over the last few months it looked like the entries went off the charts. I used to get a lot of views and votes but it all dipped dramatically. Perhaps over popularity was their kiss of death.


Perhaps most were only using the free part of the site and a pay membership along with a subscription would have been the best way to go. Most don't find a site that they like and choose to help support it. Most think it should be free.
01/02/2009 09:36:45 AM · #12
Here is what I don't understand, why can't they just keep the basics instead of closing down totally? I only assume that website and its codes are running fine... I am pretty sure anyone could offer them free server space and all that, at least for a while. I think they only want to make a point by closing down. Someone must be very angry to something. When business goes down, I am not sure if they did do that, you cut down stuff first. People, time, paper... money. don't cut the whole thing off!

I don't know, I have this feeling they will be back very soon. Too many people care about the site. Or maybe start another one with same materials, different name.

I might be exaggerating this, but it's like cnn.com going out of business... compare to photography world.
01/02/2009 09:41:15 AM · #13
Originally posted by James:

Originally posted by pawdrix:

I'm surprised they're folding. Over the last few months it looked like the entries went off the charts. I used to get a lot of views and votes but it all dipped dramatically. Perhaps over popularity was their kiss of death.


Perhaps most were only using the free part of the site and a pay membership along with a subscription would have been the best way to go. Most don't find a site that they like and choose to help support it. Most think it should be free.


I would have paid a subscription for the site itself. There's a lot of great stuff there. I'm surprised that they did not even consider that option. Or at least try it.
01/02/2009 09:44:33 AM · #14
One less periodical. :(

I find it interesting how quickly we point the finger.

Those leaders of companies that were quick to entrust money to those that could not be trusted still have their jobs. I haven't seen any of them tarred and feathered.

It's a shame that a quality magazine is going under because of the reprocussions of a few greedy people making bad decisions.

I will miss JPG Magazine, it was one of my resources for great information.

For the record...I can not wait to see what Obama's 'fixes' are. I hope the door doesn't slam when Bush finally leaves.
01/02/2009 09:53:00 AM · #15
Originally posted by colorcarnival:

Originally posted by James:

Originally posted by pawdrix:

I'm surprised they're folding. Over the last few months it looked like the entries went off the charts. I used to get a lot of views and votes but it all dipped dramatically. Perhaps over popularity was their kiss of death.


Perhaps most were only using the free part of the site and a pay membership along with a subscription would have been the best way to go. Most don't find a site that they like and choose to help support it. Most think it should be free.


I would have paid a subscription for the site itself. There's a lot of great stuff there. I'm surprised that they did not even consider that option. Or at least try it.


I didn't mean for you to take it as a call out on you if you did. I was just wondering why they didn't offer an online membership/subscription. With everyone "Going Green" I am sure they could have made some money by offering online subscriptions.
01/02/2009 10:04:01 AM · #16
yeah...I just got it :/

The economy is really zapping everyone....
01/02/2009 10:11:40 AM · #17
I blame JPG magazine. They would have benefited from being more like DPChallenge.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box, but I'm guessing I'm not the only one that found this to be lacking in user-friendliness - and I didn't feel connected with it regardless of how much I submitted.

FOr example: My photos were HOT! What did that mean, exactly?

I always liked checking out the mag and the concept was great, but they were not great at encouraging people to submit, vote, comment, or feel connected with them. Honestly, if you took the competitive, concise, communal style of DPC and turned it into a printed publication, I think it would survive.

Just my 3.2 cents.

Originally posted by colorcarnival:

Originally posted by James:

Originally posted by pawdrix:

I'm surprised they're folding. Over the last few months it looked like the entries went off the charts. I used to get a lot of views and votes but it all dipped dramatically. Perhaps over popularity was their kiss of death.


Perhaps most were only using the free part of the site and a pay membership along with a subscription would have been the best way to go. Most don't find a site that they like and choose to help support it. Most think it should be free.


I would have paid a subscription for the site itself. There's a lot of great stuff there. I'm surprised that they did not even consider that option. Or at least try it.
01/02/2009 10:34:55 AM · #18
Originally posted by metatate:

I blame JPG magazine. They would have benefited from being more like DPChallenge.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box, Just my 3.2 cents.



YOu make a good point.

In todays economy, a business plan has to be even more flexable, tightly budgeted, and take a lot of baby steps. it's sad but true, and the consumer has to roll with those punches as well.

I think your pretty sharp for a crayon, maybe not as a lead pipe however.
01/02/2009 10:44:46 AM · #19
I remember saving and/or printing a very long argumentive/angry blog, when these New owners bought the .JPG mag from the original owners. The previous owners were two guys from California.

The original owners did not want to "Comercialize" it so much, but lost the fight. Maybe the original owners would have made it more "down-to-earth" and relate to the users, better.
01/02/2009 10:54:13 AM · #20
I received the email and I am so upset right now.
I hate to say this to dpc but I felt Jpg was a more interactive website for photographers and artists alike. I really enjoy the past month I have spent on Jpg, sharing and viewing many photos, meeting and enjoying the feedback from other members.
I felt on DPC it was a minority. I have won a few ribbons on here, and enjoy many of the challenges. However I feel that if you aren't on top of the ribbon foodchain, then chances are you won't really get a chance to meet and greet others.
I loved putting up many photos, without a huge hassle of resizing everything. and getting lots of feedback on them and as well admiration.
Chances are when I post a photo up here it will not even be viewed 3 times within that month of posting. And it is quite discouraging.

Well anyway,
Farewell, Jpg.
You will be missed.

Hello DPC.
01/02/2009 11:04:28 AM · #21
Wow, I had just subscribed a month ago or two--to two years of it! I only received one issue. :(
01/02/2009 11:31:38 AM · #22
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

I blame Bush since his administration is the cause of the economic crisis.


I blame Washington, Jefferson, Adams and those other lame brains that decided to break away from England in the first place.

I am really surprised about this. It seemed like everyone that I know that into photography were regulars at JPG.
01/02/2009 11:31:55 AM · #23
I got a note in the mail a week ago that PC Magazine is going to be online only, no print version. What is the world coming to? Ohh.. and they want me to pay subscibsion for online version.. yeah right! Soon I won't have anything to read in the bathroom.

Back to JPG mag...
01/02/2009 11:56:33 AM · #24
Originally posted by jessy_pesce:

...I have won a few ribbons on here, and enjoy many of the challenges. However I feel that if you aren't on top of the ribbon foodchain, then chances are you won't really get a chance to meet and greet others.


just to sidetrack this thread a bit... jessy, to an extent what you wrote is true. if you only participate in challenges, you are really not going to get to meet and greet a lot of folks here. however, i'm very far from the top of the ribbon foodchain, and i have managed to get to know some really great people here. I've found that the best route for that is to get involved in side-challenges. Those tend to be a little more personal and interactive.

back to JPG comments now... :)
01/02/2009 12:00:18 PM · #25
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

I blame Bush since his administration is the cause of the economic crisis.

... and yes it's too bad that the website does not survive.


yep....why blame the guy that isn't there yet...
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