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Thursday, June 01, 2006

The Answer: Crackerjack Photo Mag Staff

Well, okay, I guess the cat's out of the bag.

Left to right are Tracy Hallett, Features Editor of Black & White Photography and Deputy Editor of Outdoor Photography (she's not actually asleep in the photo); Liz Roberts (Deputy Editor of B&WP, Features Editor of OP); Jo Chapman (the wonderful designer of both magazines); my "friend I've never met" and editor Ailsa McWhinnie, holder of the rudder at B℘ Aline Tanner (former B&WP Editorial Assistant, now Assitant Editor on GMC's newest mag, Organic Life), and Alice (last name unknown to me, for reason which shall become clear by the end of this sentence), B&WP's new Editorial Assistant as of two days ago. Missing is Keith Wilson, editor of OP and Editorial Director, who is currently gallivanting around Sicily on a press junket with Samsung.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you are an audiophile, Mike, but how about an iPod and iPod dedicated speakers like the Apple HiFi speakers, or Altec Lansing version? Seems like that would be cheaper and more versatile for the damsels in question.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Gnomeself Be True said...

Well, they put out a nice product, in spite of the shabby surroundings.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should see the hovel that Magnum Photos NY is housed in...also, they beat the staff when they make a mistake.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"shabby surroundings"

What's shabby? Seems like a pretty nice office to me. Just doesn't have music is all.


6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this talk of Linn and Epos and so on. My home "system" is a Philips portable CD player, an old harman/kardon turntable, a no-name brand phono preamp and a Logitech sub/satellite dealie.

No sympathy from me!

I do have a 3-watt Heathkit mono tube amp they could have if they want?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Yes but Jason, I don't KNOW you, so I'm not going to take up a collection for you. (gg)


8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B&WP would be the only photo magazine I go out of my way to buy every month, which is the best endorsement I can think to give it. And I wouldn’t for one moment disagree that it has something for all photographers. But at its core it does revolve around B&W film and the darkroom and I wondered, therefore, if it might not be more appropriate for the staff to have, not a CD player, but a turntable, say a nice Linn Sondek, and some good old fashioned vinyl?

Indeed it got me wondering if I shouldn’t have a nice Linn Sondek, I always wanted one when I was growing up and I could afford one now. But that’s silly isn’t it; if there’s one medium in which Digital has clearly eclipsed and killed analogue it has to be music reproduction--I can’t remember the last time I saw an LP, even sitting on a dusty shelf.

But you provided a link and I clicked and then clicked a couple more and…there’s a whole world of turntables and vinyl out there. Not just people vainly trying to offload those dusty LPs, there’s whole companies making the very best hardware and even more companies pressing brand new records to play on it.

My thoughts went straight back to photography, and the incessant worry voiced by many that film, and the cameras to use it in, will disappear. I suggest those that do so worry spend a couple of minutes surfing the net for turntables and records, reassure themselves that film will never entirely die, and then go out and take some good pictures.

Me, I’m off into the darkroom, to see if my last pictures were as good as I’d hoped, and because it’ll keep me away from the Linn shop…

Oh, one small gripe Mike:

"England is World headquarters for excellent affordable audio equipment..."

Linn equipment heralds from Scotland. Whilst I'm sure they'll appreciate your endorsement I've never met a Scotsman who likes to be called English.

12:09 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Yes, we Americans unfortunately mix up the terms "England" and "Great Britain" and I know better.

There is indeed a thriving subculture in vinyl, though I don't think it would be convenient for an office (in fact I know it wouldn't be). For your part, forget Linns, and have a look at Mark Baker's Origin Live site. He makes just awesome-sounding stuff. Turntable design has actually come a long way since the heyday of the Sondek.


P.S. The other thing about vinyl is that the records you can buy today are of much higher quality than they were in the old days, albeit at a price. Check out and

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ailsa McWhinnie looks totally different than on the pic in the mag. Just an observation.

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don’t worry Mike, it’s not just Americans, it’s the whole world. I’m a Welshman but I live in Asia, and even I’ve given up, and always tell people that I come from England rather than Great Britain: it saves a further half hour of explaining the difference.

As to vinyl, please don’t tempt me: after posting I double checked the prices and now I’m not so sure about the comment that I can afford one (it makes a Leica look cheap!?).

But the comparison to photography wasn’t really mine: I’d say that of the people who ask me what that funny looking camera I’m using is, one in three or four, after they’ve heard the answer (Leica/manual camera with B&W film, and no that lens doesn’t zoom), respond with, “and do you still listen to records?”

10:31 AM  

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