If you’re a member of the JPG Magazine website you’ll have got an email today announcing that they’re closing their doors, sadly. The same email is posted on their blog.
Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media. We’ve spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we’ve reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren’t able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.
I only really started paying attention to JPG properly in the last few months and uploaded a handful of images to various themes. My profile, underused as it was, is here, but I don’t know how much longer it’ll be online! So I wasn’t that active but it seemed like a great place for photographers to share their work and read about other photographers. It had the added benefit of avoiding ranking mechanisms, meaning everyone had a chance to be seen. They published an actual physical magazine as well as the digital version.
There’s a Flickr group but personally I’ll just miss flicking through the digital issues of the mags and being amazed by some inspirational photographs. Download the archives while you still can!