The world’s oldest photography magazine, in existence since 1884, and one of the best, Amateur Photographer is a weekly magazine for the photography enthusiast.
Inside every issue of Amateur Photographer magazine you will find an impressive array of different features. There is coverage of all the latest photography news, including the latest models and trends in technology, hands on and in-depth tests of new cameras, the latest photography books and exhibitions and great guides to getting the best both out of your hardware (cameras and lenses) and software. Amateur Photographer also includes features on the subject of photography and the history of the passion as a whole, and of course includes some stunning snaps both from professionals around the world and sent in by readers.
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- Phew, that’s a long time ago. Amateur Photographer magazine has been running for over 125 years, and we hope that when we reach that age we still look this good! This great weekly mag must have seen a huge amount of changes and developments (pardon the pun) in the world of photography, and has obviously hit upon a winning formula if it’s managed to survive for that long.
In some ways, the history of photography can almost work as a microcosm for the history of science and technology as a whole. When this magazine started out, photography was something to a large extent reserved for the rich – it required huge amounts of equipment and took oodles of time, resulting in those stiff, posed photos from the Victorian period. It was a complicated process; involve arcane concoctions of chemicals and taking place in a darkened room, to heighten the mystery. Then along came cameras that could be held in one hand rather than upon a tripod, suddenly photography was free of many of the constraints of previous years. People could simply send off their snaps to be developed and get them back in a week.
Nowadays we live in a world of digital photography, where great cameras are widely available and everything can be viewed and kept or deleted on a whim. Whether this is better or not we’re not entirely sure – a romantic part of us appreciates the mystery of old fashioned photography – but it is definitely here to stay. NB