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I am shocked to learn that Stinehour is closing. It's a bit like hearing that Tiger Woods is retiring from golf (he's not), or that Leica is going out of business (they're not - at least not this week).

What makes this news a bit more personal is that Stinehour is quite literally just now completing a book of mine: all they have left to do is to print the cover, and send it all off to the binder (check out "In the Vernacular: Photography of the Everyday" at Amazon.com, where it's been scheduled for release since February).

I was somewhat reassured by what you related in the third paragraph - "A skeleton crew from among the current 21 employees will stay on to complete ongoing projects" - and I am sure that this press, which has operated with so much integrity for so many years, will not leave anyone hanging out to dry.

I'm sorry that this beautiful book, which is also the catalog for an exhibition of works from my collection of 19th and early 20th century vernacular photographs at the Boston University Art Gallery, will be Stinehour's swan song as well.

Rodger Kingston

Very sad new about the closing of Stinehour Press. I remember so many of their wonderful books when I began as a photographer

Without making any overt political comments, I've gotta say that I've lived through one Depression, many, many Recessions, and 3 1/2 major US wars.
And to quote Bette Davis in "All About Eve," "Fasten your seatbelts, boys, it's gonna be a bumpy ride."

Rodger,
I already have your book pre-ordered!!

I agree it's very sad about Stinehour, although I have at least a kernal of suspicion that the current blizzard of publicity about the closing might be one last-ditch effort to find an investor to save the company. The money they need isn't THAT much in the land of investment capital (all too easy for me to say).

Lucky for your Collection to be one of the last. I'm awaiting the book.

Mike J.

Another painful loss of a legendary company whose superb quality oozed from every publication that it delivered. The end of western civilization can't be too far away as we continue down the path of the Walmartization of America.

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