Thank you for your overwhelming response on your suggestions for improving the magazine/website. We wanted you to actively participate on the publication’s future and you have done exactly that – keep your ideas coming.
I’d like to refer to one interesting email I received though. One reader suggested that some articles could do with some heavy editorial. This took me back around four years and reminded me one of the reasons I founded LPM.
By no means I wish to be offensive to our lovely reader as everyone is entitled to an opinion, on the contrary, I am grateful for being given this opportunity to publicly express my thoughts on this extremely serious subject.
Back then, when I started putting ideas onto paper, I was sick and tired of reading articles in magazines that had been very heavily edited by the editor and the author’s identity was completely lost. I constantly felt that all articles – although they had been written by various photographers – were written by the editor; they all carried the same writing style, that of the editor.
I am interested in reading articles written by photographers, even though their writing skills might not be perfect. I wish to see their thoughts, their unique style and their way of writing jumping out of the pages. To me, the editors job is to make sure the articles read well and the writer’s style comes out of them, with a minimal editorial. I am not talking about proofreading, this needs to be done anyway.
I do not wish to read articles re-written by the editor – many of whom are not good photographers and many more are not even photographers. If they could stick to their job without rewriting articles and displaying content in such way as to sell advertising, all magazines out there would be much more interesting and appealing to readers.
I will always make sure LPM articles represent the authors’ style and way of thinking, and I will always apply as little editorial as possible. This is one of the reasons I founded LPM and I believe, this is one of the reason so many photographers wish to write articles for LPM.
Dimitri Vasileiou, Editor of LPM firstname.lastname@example.org