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A new print magazine about analog photography!

PhotoKlassik International has just started its Kickstarter campaign ahead of a launch at the PhotoKina in September. It will have 130 pages of really high-quality reproductions from photographers from all over the world, plus articles on gear and techniques. People as different as Bruce Barnbaum and Japan Camera Hunter have contributed content, and there will even be a report about a field test with the new Kodak Ektachrome Super-8! The Kickstarter price is lower than the launch price, plus there are some cool rewards, check it out:

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I have seen many analog magazines come and go, so I wish this one every success.
 
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I have seen many analog magazines come and go, so I wish this one every success.
Thank you. The German magazin that was the base for the English international Version is now more than 6 years sucessful on the german speaking market.They print quarterly 10.000 Issues and it sells very well. The readers are mainly in the age between 18 and 45.
 

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Thank you. The German magazin that was the base for the English international Version is now more than 6 years sucessful on the german speaking market.They print quarterly 10.000 Issues and it sells very well. The readers are mainly in the age between 18 and 45.

Well, it looks like older people need not apply.
 

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They tried a year ago with a much, much higher funding goal and didn't get enough, I backed it. Hopefully this will work now, it looks good.
 
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Well, it looks like older people need not apply.
Thats not what I said. The fact that writers like Bruce Barnbaum and Andrew Sanderson are on board shows that it is for all generations.
And we are looking constantly for international contributers who help preserving the knowledge.
In Germany we do have the situation that especially people above 50 are not so much interested any more in film.
 

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Thank you. The German magazin that was the base for the English international Version is now more than 6 years sucessful on the german speaking market.They print quarterly 10.000 Issues and it sells very well. The readers are mainly in the age between 18 and 45.
It even is offered locally.
 

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...In Germany we do have the situation that especially people above 50 are not so much interested any more in film.

That's interesting. Here in the U.S. the woods seem to have a good population of "graybeards" using their large format cameras. The high peaks, of course, not so much. And many are just resigned to wet printing negatives made at an earlier time. Some are re-building their darkroom or modifying the existing one. A few are teaching the techniques to anyone interested. The dream goes on.
 
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That's interesting. Here in the U.S. the woods seem to have a good population of "graybeards" using their large format cameras. The high peaks, of course, not so much. And many are just resigned to wet printing negatives made at an earlier time. Some are re-building their darkroom or modifying the existing one. A few are teaching the techniques to anyone interested. The dream goes on.

Well I think that the large format camera fits great to this tremendous wide landscpe you have in the US. Maybe the amount of those were always much higher than in Europe. It is sth that needs expierience and if you have the skills you are longing for more skills. Interesting wise amoung these young photographers here in Germany you'll find a lot who are very intersted in large formate photography. But if you see the group of young instant photographers and others I think also in the States analog photography is a very young subject.
 

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Well, it looks like older people need not apply.
That rule especially applies to users of recumbent cycles who have the temerity to do a 100 miles and still not suffer from any ill effects and yes, I feel bound to add, also use Xtol without any ill effects either :D

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Interesting wise amoung these young photographers here in Germany you'll find a lot who are very intersted in large formate photography. But if you see the group of young instant photographers and others I think also in the States analog photography is a very young subject.

We should not overlook that this all is a matter of perspective. If one sees the world from the perspective of such magazine or from some specialized store one sees the interest of younger people. And on street I have the same very very low number of encounters with people with an analog camera as ten years ago, but they are younger.
But if I see the world from the perspective of the art world, academies, photo classes and talking to photo students and lecturers I do not see that grow in interest at all, but rather a decline.
 
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But if I see the world from the perspective of the art world, academies, photo classes and talking to photo students and lecturers I do not see that grow in interest at all, but rather a decline.

That really surprises me. we organise a lot of workshops in a very well known university city Mainz in Germany. Our film and darkroomworkshops are always booked out. Mainly Stufdents. The local lab reports the same.I was last year in Berlin at the analogueNow festival, met a lot of students and also artists film is there a major issue. Last year the shop click&surr opened, they sell photo and motion picture refurbished cameras. As far as I am informed it goes very well and mainly students and younger people. Fotoimpex in Berlin and other stores are reporting the same.

Talking especially about artists there are in Germany quite a lot of very promising young photographers like Oliver Blohm or Christoph Morlinghaus and many others. They are not just artistically succesful but also financially.

I also have seen many works of young film photographers, it is astonishing what they do. Very often really great work.
 
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This will be an expensive magazine to produce at the level of quality that is required - I do not see how they will be able to sustain production without advertisers in addition to subscribers.
 

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I backed them...I also want to send them some work.. geez a new beautiful magazine and so many complaints....makes me wonder about the crowd here..
 

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Geez a new beautiful magazine and so many complaints....makes me wonder about the crowd here..

What complaints??
One member wondered if older guys are welcomed as reader at average seems rather young, another member questioned the financial sustainability of such magazine without advertizers.

Even myself ("glass half empty") made a positive remark on that magazine.
 
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This will be an expensive magazine to produce at the level of quality that is required - I do not see how they will be able to sustain production without advertisers in addition to subscribers.

Well it is not that we never did sth like that. A mag like this already exists in Germany. Based on that positive expierience and the feedback we got last photokina we decided to go international.

The German PhotoKlassik is now nearly 6 years succesfully on the market with an edition of 10.000 printed units 4 times a year. It will be the same printing quality and also 100 pages each. We have only a few pages of advertising. The concept for the international will be similar but with contributers from all over the world. Our first special edition which will be available in September on the Photokina will have 130 pages and our writers are from 5 different continents.
 

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I backed the Kickstarter campaign, last one as well. Samples from the first issue shown on the campaign page look very promising for worthwhile content. There is a void out there for a print magazine devoted to film photography; I am not one who thinks people posting random ideas and bits of advice on the internet supplies humanity’s every need. Film photography is always going to be a niche in the current world, but it would be nicer for everyone associated with it if it were a bigger niche, and that’s going to require the kind of cultural infrastructure inhabited by things like decent print magazines. Print magazines in general are, yes, facing a decline in sales due to the inroads and challenges posted by the internet, but a subject like photography would seem to call out for the vehicle of a print magazine more than the “news” does. The Print, and all that. If things like mountain biking can support numerous print magazines, it seems perverse to think that film photography doesn’t warrant something like this. Perhaps even need something like this.
To those behind PhotoKlassik: I wish you all the best.
 
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I backed the Kickstarter campaign, last one as well. Samples from the first issue shown on the campaign page look very promising for worthwhile content. There is a void out there for a print magazine devoted to film photography; I am not one who thinks people posting random ideas and bits of advice on the internet supplies humanity’s every need. Film photography is always going to be a niche in the current world, but it would be nicer for everyone associated with it if it were a bigger niche, and that’s going to require the kind of cultural infrastructure inhabited by things like decent print magazines. Print magazines in general are, yes, facing a decline in sales due to the inroads and challenges posted by the internet, but a subject like photography would seem to call out for the vehicle of a print magazine more than the “news” does. The Print, and all that. If things like mountain biking can support numerous print magazines, it seems perverse to think that film photography doesn’t warrant something like this. Perhaps even need something like this.
To those behind PhotoKlassik: I wish you all the best.

Dear Larry,

thanks very much for your support! We also believe that if the market can support hunderds of print magazines about digital photography, the resurgence of film will support a couple on analog! People laughed at the idea of the German PhotoKlassik magazine when it came out, but it's been going strong for 6 years now. We all know that seeing a print of a great photo is incomparably better than seeing it on a screen, so why try to share great photos digitally?
We really appreciate your well wishes, and are looking forward to having you in our community or readers!
Best,
Marwan
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After much deliberating, I have finally made the pledge for a yearly subscription. This has moved the total a little closer to the amount required but a few more pledges are still needed for it to be a reality.

All the best with the project. :smile:

Terry S
 
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After much deliberating, I have finally made the pledge for a yearly subscription. This has moved the total a little closer to the amount required but a few more pledges are still needed for it to be a reality.

All the best with the project. :smile:

Terry S

Dear Terry,

thank you so much for your support! This is a great help! As you mentiones it really loos good we are above the 85% today and still 18 more days to come! We are still not there so we do need definatly every help we can get to get it to a successful ending!

Best regards

Marwan
 
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Congratulations!! Eagerly awaiting the inaugural issue.

claudio

Thank you so much. It was a great day and we are all so happy that we could manage within 5 days.

so there are still 17 days to come.

Best regards

Marwan
 
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