Speaking of new looks...as part of a complete graphic and editorial makeover, the British Journal of Photography—the oldest continuously published photography magazine in the world—says it is "returning" to a monthly format. I love that "returning"—the last time it was a monthly was in 1857!
It's been a weekly for quite some time now—since Victoria was Queen of England and the American Civil War was still being fought.
An article from around the time the BJP went weekly was auctioned at railsplitter.com last October, with a pre-auction estimate of $60–$80. Railsplitter's interest is Lincolniana—the issue recounts that "A New York photographer has published a portrait of President Lincoln, which is likely to prove acceptable to all parties. At first glance it appears to be a photograph of 'Old Abe,' taken when he had the smallpox a few months ago; but on a closer examination the seeming pustules are found to be minute photographic likeness of the distinguished generals, statesmen, politicians, literary and scientific men, actors...The likenesses, which are scattered all over the physiognomy of the President, number upwards of 400...and are so exceedingly well executed as to be at once recognized...yet, taken together, they constitute as ugly a picture of 'Old Abe' as any of the others that have been published."
A change in publishing frequency is generally enough to be considered a "relaunch" in magazine publishing terms, and a relaunch is a fraught period for a publication—the old business models cease to adhere and the new ones are not yet tested and established. Unfortunately, an annual subscription works out to upwards of $300 in the States, so not many American photographers are likely to see the new old publication. But we wish those at the BJP much success.
(Thanks to Oren)
Featured Comment by Simon Bainbridge, Editor, British Journal of Photography: "Hi, surface mail to the U.S. is £118 (around $180), but we are negotiating with U.S. distributors such as Borders and Barnes & Noble. Thanks for your interest."