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These wild and exposed islands provide habitat for an astounding variety of marine life. Places like these feel all the more special because although remote and difficult to get to, they are a part of our heritage. Highly Commended: Coast and Marine: Alexander Mustard To produce this image, I designed a super-sized front element for my underwater camera, which measures 55cm across.

This allows me to shoot both above and below the surface at the same time in rough British seas. After much waiting in the cold water this young seal came close enough for the shot. Even though it was a very windy day, I found a suitable spot to set up my camera and with the help of a few nuts this Red Squirrel obliged, spending a few minutes eating and grooming.

The wind made this shot special, especially as he had really nice ear tufts. Highly Commended: Portraits: Lee Fisher This preferred Kingfisher perch is always full of cobwebs in the early mornings. It took quite a while to capture the bird in the right pose and position, but after numerous attempts everything came together. I lay down and tried not to scare the frogs. I waited for about 20 minutes and there were about 10 frogs poking their heads in and out of the water.

Vic may have felt his book paid respects to Lancelot Vining, a leading photographer with the Daily Mirror, who had written for AP before retiring and being repalced by Vic around late The first edition of Lancelot's book appeared in with other editions into the s. Vic Blackman's son, Nigel, tells me his father wrote another book, entitled "Naff Off", being a negative reaction to life when his relationship with the Daily Express faultered. Nigel tells me the better one was "My Way With A camera", which properly reflects Vic's success in his career.

Although absent from the editorial names lists shown here, David Williams was a Technical Reporter in the period , together with Bruce Black and Keith Nelson whose names appear in the October editorial listing, above right. David also mentions another name, Stephen Bayley who was Technical Editor around that time. David describes Stephen as "a knowledgeable, albeit 'dramatic' Technical Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, with an ability to drink a pint of beer at breakneck speed". The 21st August issue cost 50p. It showed yet another new editorial names list.

Roy Green remained as Editor and a few previous names had gone, see below left. More new names joined the editorial team by January Front cover, 1st June The name of Chris Dias, Layout Artist, disappeared by October and the name of Kate Garlick appeared in that editorial position by the start of Various job titles had also changed. The editorial name list in the 28th April edition was as below:. The 25th June edition was a special issue.

Not only did it have a Zoom Lens Guide 10 pages, around lenses, from mm up to mm , but had the "First 3D Hologram Cover". Click the link to download a copy. It concludes with the new at that time Nimslo system c. Holography is described as not being a competitor to traditional 3D but an exciting alternative. The design was by John Aves. In order to see the image in full 3D it has to be lit by a single spotlight, or by a beam from a projector.

Viewed from the correct angle the full depth of this colourful 3D image can be seen. Lens testing using the St Nicholas church tower with a summary performance table, 21st August see colour photo' of the tower, left. Sometimes, just a Lens Performance summary table was shown in a lens test, with no indication how it had been achieved. Lens test chart and summary table, 26th March Lens testing procedures varied from month to month, whereas previously, while AP occupied their Dorset House address, the procedure was always the same i.

However, David Williams tells me that, despite this inconvenience, the use of HQS Wellington initially continued after AP's move out of London, until or maybe The AP office in Surrey House had a decent darkroom, which we used for testing enlargers, darkroom equipment, materials and processing chemicals, as well as for creating our own prints for tests or occasionally for darkroom features.

So a new test subject was found, this being the upper tower section of St. Nicholas' church, Sutton. Chris Lees Assistant Editor in ; see his 'photo near the top of this page and further notes lower down this page has kindly provided a summary of why and how lens testing procedures changed between the times at Dorset House HQS Wellington test subject and subsequently at Throwley Way , at Cheam and thereafter. In the days of fixed, prime lenses rarely long telephotos , air quality and minuscule movement of the ship rarely forced a reshoot.

Our reporters could run a film through the camera at all f-stops, shoot a few real-life images, then drop the film into the darkroom staff in time for a pub lunch with Victor Blackman! Far fewer lens tests were required in the Dorset House days, and there was less pressure to treat lens tests as urgent, so testing staff could afford to wait for the right conditions - sometimes months". Nicholas' church featured nice detail and was on AP's relocated doorstep. During this time, however, zoom lenses were becoming popular, increasing the number of test shots many fold; each lens required test shots at various focal lengths, all using the full range of 'f' stops.

Also, lenses were landing on the desk throughout the year, causing issues with consistent lighting and atmospheric conditions. As a result, using a lens test chart became an inevitable and necessary fallback". Bean - The Exam". Lens testers could centre on the mansion's clock see left , providing continuity with the previous location. During this time, mm zooms became the standard lens on budget cameras and, quite frankly, the quality dipped on occasion". But they gave us a headache! Imagine shooting through all the 'f' stops at six different focal lengths.

Hence the return to the practicality of using indoor lens testing charts, enabling the tests to be completed without concerns over consistent lighting and atmospheric conditions". By this time, we had literally thousands of prints to quickly compare and decide whether a lens was excellent, good, or indifferent. What's more, we got to know a lens and its foibles such as lens flare and rotating filter threads more intimately.

Most importantly, as test shots could now take half a day, we completely removed lighting and atmospheric variables from the equation. But testing became quite tedious. The frustrations increased over time as camera companies started eliminating cable release threads and mirror locks, requiring repetitive use of the self timer. Finally, I had to cut a hole in Alan McFadden's studio wall for the longer lenses. He never forgave me".

This was a test developed by lens designers as a modelling tool and involved sending the lens away to a lab, losing precious handling time. Results would come back as the now familiar graphs, better suited to the boardroom than the camera shop. While we seriously considered this approach, our pragmatism paid off; I received a panicked 'phone call from a rival editor when he found that they couldn't stop down the diaphragm on many new AF lenses when not attached to a camera body. Rivals also suffered delays when independent manufacturers sent lenses with incompatible mounts.

Besides, we discovered that widest and smallest apertures rarely, if ever, matched MTF results of the time, even with the most scrupulous of camera techniques sometimes they were actually better, but usually worse.


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MTF testing is much improved now than it was in the late s, but AP On any day, one of AP's technical team would be testing something, viz: film comparisons, studio lighting, background stands, filter systems, even video cameras. Chris Lees' favourites were testing bags and tripods to destruction! A big bugbear were flashgun tests. Imagine running batteries to exhaustion, by setting off the flash times. The upside of the tedious lens testing procedure was that it gave AP's technical team opportunity to bond with the studio and lab.

Michelle Frank, the Technical Editor, showed me their testing laboratory, a well-equipped array for testing cameras and lenses which a British photographic magazine could have only dreamed of. They tested lenses using US Airforce targets with their tripods secured with sandbags, or such like, so there was no camera movement. This test was supplemented with others. I was impressed with their procedures. Basically, people could take and share photos without any technical knowledge. Like its British equivalents, it had also lost dealer advertising and readers to the Internet and other consumer interests".

A name that appeared in AP over a number of years, but never in the named editorial list, was Ron Spillman. His varied enjoyable contributions made him a firm favourite. Chris Lees explains: "Weekly, and even many Monthly, magazines have space for one or two regular reliable contributors. Vic Blackman and Ron Spillman were perfect examples of chalk and cheese: Vic with his entertaining 'hard edge', sometimes described as the magazine's 'whipping post', and Ron as the always-polite crowd pleaser.

Both held retained freelance status and so didn't appear on the editorial list. An enjoyable and regular weekly part of AP since the s had been the Readers' Questions page s and this had been omitted for a time. But it re-appeared towards the end of maybe November? Chris suggests that Ron almost certainly will have pitched the idea of Readers' Questions re-appearing as "Ask Spillman".

Ron Spillman's picture headed the pages and is reproduced here, right. He authored a book "The Complete Photographer" in I believe Ron died in late July He became AP's 'goodwill ambassador' and represented AP at shows and exhibitions. He developed a front of house and always squeaky clean double act with a young Scottish model called Carol Smillie, who was spotted and had a successful TV career on 'Wheel of Fortune', 'Changing Rooms' etc".

Ron Spillman in and below in Carol Smillie Centenary Year first cover, 7th January All covers during carried the news 'Centenary Year'. During , AP celebrated years of its publication and included a reprint of the very first edition.

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Unfortunately, I don't own a copy to show here. See cover, right. Barry had joined as the Features Editor towards the end of the s and was Assistant Editor by the early s. His Deputy Editor, for a short time, was Kate Salway. In the December editiorial list, notice a new name, Chris Lees, as Technical Editor see his photo near the head of this page.

Chris was no stranger to the world of photo magazines, having worked for three years on 'Photography', '35mm Photographer' and 'Camera Choice', AP's sister monthly magazine. He became Technical Editor when Keith Nelson was tempted away to launch a 'Running' magazine for a rival publisher. Subsequently by mid he rose through the ranks to become Assistant Editor.

Front Cover 3D image 14th December Chris Lees continues the story: "The closure of 'Camera Choice' and another long-running union dispute led to several changes to AP's editorial list in early Keith Nelson hired Lynne Barber, a very talented journalist, formerly of 'Camera Choice', and I later hired David Daye with his encyclopaedic knowledge of equipment and excellent eye for detail.

David Cocksedge, another avid runner, left around the same time as Keith Nelson, and another upcoming name - Keith Wilson see his photo, below, right - switched from the production department to the technical team. I think my highlight was spending long hours in the photo studio with the amazing Alan McFaden, developing pioneering ways to display product shots, techniques still in use to this day.

Since then, it has been in decline. The effect was less advertising revenue for photographic magazines. Bright sparks at both Haymarket, which published Camera Weekly, and Reed, publisher of Amateur Photographer, hatched a plan to swap a motoring magazine for a photographic title so that the two companies could strengthen their portfolios. Reed had expected the move to increase sales of Amateur Photographer, as it was ceasing publication of a competitive weekly magazine, and adding 'What Camera' to its stable.

The final issue of 'What Camera' appeared in September Chris Lees was at AP throughout this period of change, including the time, around September when, as Chris puts it, Barry Monk was sitting in the Editor's chair on a Friday, and George Hughes the following Monday. David Williams takes up the story. Chris George wrote a weekly page 'Basically Speaking'. George Hughes' name disappeared from the editorial list again by early George briefly worked for 'Video Camera' magazine before disappearing off the media radar".

Front cover, 11th July Editorial List 11th July Victor Blackman died in Spring , and was still writing his column until the time of his death. AP announced the arrival of a new columnist in its 14th December issue who it was planned was to write a weekly page of personal comment, bearing his name, 'Joe Partridge' Joe was already a columnist for 'Camera Weekly' doing 'Patridge's page'.

But none of my few subsequent issues have further pages from Joe Partridge, so perhaps things didn't work out as intended. Chris Lees says "It was an important half decade which saw the introduction of autofocus SLRs, such as the Minolta , the first automated SLRs with pictograms and the decline of the glamour era. It was also an era of big changes in typography and design, with especially a major difference in AP's covers". But new, digital, picture capturing technology was also on its way by the mids. As Chris Lees says, "The digital revolution was a thinly veiled secret to those in the business.

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Amateur Photographer for 19th September carried a news scoop article entitled: Futures: What future for photography with the emergence of the video still camera? We investigate, and look at Sony and Kodak innovations. The article contained some early images". Akio Morita had the idea together with video cameras decades before while developing magnetic tape, but his development of the digital video disk as in Sony's Digital Walkman unlocked the potential.

Ironic really - Kodak, the giant of the film world, was effectively killed off by its own digital developments. Above is a picture of Akio Morita, Sony Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, showing the revolutionary 'Mavica' video still camera and 'Mavipak' magnetic disk with a capacity for 50 colour images at the resolution of the early Mavica. David remembers discussing with John the absurdity of comparing electronic images with film. This surprise news, revealed in February's Japan Camera Trade News, comes from Casio Computer Co, which is to launch the first electronic still camera for the general consumer.

Another first for a filmless camera is that it incorporates playback capability - in other words, all that is required for recorded images to be reproduced on a TV's video channel, is a connecting lead. The Casio VS uses a video floppy disk for shot recording and weighs only g with its rechargeable battery. Planned monthly camera production is 10, units initially, a high figure for such a new and innovatory product. The Casio camera is said to have been produced by a camera maker, but the name has not been disclosed.

So far only Canon, with its RC, has marketed a still video camera, but it is priced and designed for commercial interests such as the electronic media. About a dozen Japanese manufacturers, both electronics and camera companies, and not forgetting Kodak, have announced working on prototype models, and Minolta revealed at last year's Photokina its still video back that can be attached to the Minolta and SLRs. Casio's revolutionary camera is the first to be developed specifically for the consumer, and comes only a few weeks after a Japanese survey indicated that more than 80 per cent of the Japanese respondents said they would buy an electronic still video system 'if it were affordable' 'Newsview', 14th February Whether electronic systems take off sooner rather than later depends to a large extent on whether the consumer will be satisfied with still images reproduced on a TV screen.

A hard copy printer of sufficient quality has not yet been developed by Casio, and the launch of the Casio VS only serves to confirm the Japanese philosophy that the TV set will be the medium for viewing these images. However, Kodak believes that the system will not be fully acceptable to the consumer until good quality hard copy prints are available which, at this stage, seems some way off". It took 10 years more before 1MP resolution was attainable at 'acceptable' cost. This fixed-lens digital single-lens reflex camera was equipped with a high-performance optical 3x zoom lens and could record 1.

The future had arrived and the MegaPixel race had begun. Last Few!! Such was the pace of change. Chris Lees comments "If 16 years seems a long time for one of AP's scoops to pay off, spare a thought for Sony's Akio Morita: he had a vision of 'filmless still and movie cameras' a full five decades earlier! He subsequently applied for a job with the magazine when aged I joined them at AP on 12th September ". After a spell as a freelancer, he became Editor of Dorset Life magazine in The September issue of AP as pre had its cover glued onto a flat spine.

Amateur Photographer [UK] (29 September 2012)

This once more enabled the magazine to show useful date and content information down its spine, easily viewable when filed. Probably as a consequence of this, by autumn Amateur Photographer was proclaiming itself, along the top of its front cover, "The World's No. Chris George ceased to be Deputy Editor and was named amongst the Columnists but continued to write his 'Basically speaking In his weekly column, Mike made comment on reader's photographs, in an amusing, semi-abusive, style.

In some ways a replacement for the old Ricardo critique, but in an altogether up-to-date, brusque and no-nonsense manner. He went for eye-catching images, closely cropped to add impact. Pictorialism was no longer the hallmark of modern photography. This site records "Mike was chief photographer for Mirror Group Newspapers before turning freelance in During a career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Nikon is moving its production concentration away from still cameras and is expanding its electronic imaging division.

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The same edition had another new name in the editorial list; Dr Stewart Bell sadly died on 9th December He was to gain much respect from readers for his knowledge on lenses and all things optical. At this time he received the title of Technical Consultant, though had written for AP previously.

In the 8th September edition he tested a new autofocus lens from Angenieux. For a full editorial names list as it appeared in the 18th May edition, see right. R Reg H Mason obituary, 22nd June The 6th July front cover, see right, showed a surreal image alongside a title "How Computers Alter Images".

The image was by Barry Blackman "probably the world's leading exponent of computer manipulated photography". Wilson said " The edition contained sides 57 pages plus cover. Its size was The first inside page no longer showed the index and list of editorial names etc, but was devoted to 'Pic Of The Week' see far right. The next two facing pages were the 'This Week' index, with its editorial names. A Managing Director had been appointed, named Mike Tudball. These Guides became regular insertions. The Kodak digital back, giving 1. Stewart Bell explained his test results from wideangle AF zooms mm of Sigma and Tokina manufacture see example lens test, above right , and then had a further three pages contemplating and testing power zoom lenses from Pentax and Minolta a convenient aid or an unneeded battery drain.

In the 16th November edition, Technical Editor Justin Mullins had compared four entry level autofocus slrs plus he tested two Canon 'compacts'. Alan had joined Associated Ilife Press in November A striking double page image from the 16th November edition.

A Pirelli calendar preview. A Chinese theme but shot on the Spanish Costa del Sol. He handled every camera we tested so I would guess he has handled more cameras than pretty much anyone on earth! If anyone were to write the definitive history of Amateur Photographer it would be Alan". Kodak's Photo CD system was given new impetus by Apple announcing support via a version of its Quick Time for image compression, enabling images to be stored on a CD and imported into graphic software running on an Apple desktop computer.

The 18th April edition, and subsequent, had 'grown' a little, to A4 size. Equipment News mentioned an innovation from Canon and Zeiss, regarding the elimination of camera shake.


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  6. This technology is now almost universally applied in digital cameras. Everyone else would have to wait until its official launch in September The same News contained a brief report of Canon and Sony announcing still video cameras using 2inch floppy disks to store images. Also, Gwent College of Higher Education had announced a photographic degree course that included computers and electronic imaging. Chris George was writing a Technique Masterclass rather than his previous 'Basically speaking'.

    Similar had been displayed since autumn Between June and March , Ron Spillman stopped writing his "Ask Spillman" pages that sought to answer readers questions and thereafter that same forum became "Ask The Experts". I set up 'Ask the Experts' as these were the people who Ron had been sending his queries to, for answering, for years anyway, and I thought it fairer that they get the glory". Readers letters often carried opposing views about whether some of AP's cover and articles were in questionable taste.

    It was unfairly compared to 'top shelf' magazines by the more prudish. No doubt the cover to the 27th March edition stoked this controversy, see above, right. A break in my AP collection means a fast-forward to Saturday 6th July There were several editorial name changes, so another names list is shown, far right. Keith Wilson was still Editor and had a column devoted to 'Speaking Personally'.

    The magazine listed 'Our Guarantee to Readers' as a series of 9 bullet points, see right, above. But it was too late to revitalise the 'snap shot' market, since digital was already gaining ground.

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    Fuji and Kodak, the last two manufacturers of APS film, discontinued production in The cover of the 6th July edition is shown right and the faces of more of the editorial team can be seen far right. David Royston Bailey was given a special 6-page article in celebration of him having passed the age of 60 on 2nd January. A side column gave a chronology of his life and loves.

    He was meant to be launching a magazine called 'Crime Weekly'. Digital imaging information was becoming more commonplace within the magazine. Although reasonably upbeat, there is no doubt that the advance of digital technology was becoming a concern for the success of APS, since both were thought to be in competition for the snapshot market. For the serious enthusiast, 35mm film, used in quality cameras, was still thought unlikely to ever?

    Sanyo's UK marketing manager, Peter Eldon claimed "Within a very short time, the consumer camera market will be dominated by digital cameras, marking the end of mass market, film based, photography as we know it". Despite the growing move towards digital, new silver based, light sensitive, films were still appearing.

    The Cottingley Fairies story , that fooled the world, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, into believing fairies really do exist, ran for over 60 years to The cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths took the photographs of cut-outs they made and painted using a Midg drop-plate box model and a German-made Cameo folding plate camera. With Cottingly being just a few miles from Bradford, it was fitting that the cameras and other memorabilia should go to the Bradford National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.

    The cameras were owned by Geoffrey Crawley who had previously purchased them to save them going to the US. This was a 'top of the range' printer but a previous model had been reviewed within the previous 2 months. AP reported that the technology didn't at that time produce images with a completely continuous tone x dpi resolution. But AP had tested one that could, in their 30th August edition.

    The Alps Masterpiece printer could effectively join the individual inkjet dots by overlaying them with a varnish, that blended them together. Damien had been recruited from IPC's stablemate magazine 'Photo Technique' when it ceased publication. AP's front cover then had a banner strip saying 'Incorporating Photo Technique'. Readers were voicing criticism of the APS film and camera system, claiming lower quality prints due to the smaller negative area compared to 35mm and the image cropping required to provide the three print formats.

    The processing cost was also much higher than 35mm. The Nikon D1 featured a 2. See the 'What Digital Camera' round-up of the 16 digital cameras that changed the world. Consumer compact digital cameras had just topped 2MPixel resolution. Despite the advertisements for compact digital cameras, plus film and negative scanners from Minolta Dimage and Nikon Cool Scan , the editiorial emphasis was still on film cameras. A new inclusion in the 'This Week' news section was 'Website of the Week', featuring sites with photographic content or special interest.

    The end of the review showed good foresight. A full editorial listing appears to the right. Mike Maloney was still doing his weekly column commenting on readers' pictures, but with less 'mauling' than previous. He was using a more gentle and helpful tone than his previous out-spoken criticism, more an updated 'Ricardo'. The Amateur Photographer 'Help' Team, continued to answer readers' queries. Most remained as in early , but a few new names and faces appeared, see right. However, there was also plenty of digital comment, reviews and adverts.

    And Epson had taken the wraps off two professional scanners, the Expression and Pro, print and film flatbed scanners. Kodak claimed that an increased number of affordable digital cameras was helping to boost film sales. They justified this by saying "people are now getting more into photography and taking more pictures".

    Kodak spokesman Paul Allen announced that film use was partly driven by digital. Kodak advertised a 3. She should get some sort of medal! AP tested the Nikon CoolPix , a "mid-range consumer digital camera" with others being the and the , released in AP concluded " They voted it 'worth its price'. A Photoshop article showed how redeye could be eliminated within digital images.

    The 14th October issue continued the theme. Essentially AP remained a film camera magazine appealing to high end, top quality, film camera fans, but conceding that digital was now an affordable alternative for the mass market maybe meaning the 'snapshot' market. Minolta had announced their Dimage Zoom for "people who don't fancy operating complicated cameras". Kodak announced another trio of 'consumer' digital cameras with around 2MPixels resolution.

    However, 35mm film sales remained buoyant and Fuji announced that it had expanded its range of Superia print film. The cover of the 5th February edition is shown to the right. The review started, "This is a camera of decidely novel design The reason for wishing to include this mid edition is that there had been a technology revolution during the intervening 5 years. The editorial content cannot be used to judge the magazine, since it naturally discussed the Leica camera, but the 'This Week' news items, and many of the commercial advertisements, are concentrated on digital cameras, printers and scanners.

    Kodak had announced their intention to discontinue their DCS full frame 35mm sensor slrs 14MP , even though, with Nikon and Canon lens fittings, the latest of these were only launched in Newer models from all manufacturers were featuring 6 to 8MPixel sensors. Prices fell further over the next few years; I purchased a Canon PowerShot A 4x zoom compact, with 7. It still gets regular use and works perfectly - and has an eye-level zoom viewfinder as well as its rear screen. The editorial names list is shown far right. But by then Roger Hicks was occupying the back inside page with his "A matter of opinion", always a good read, I find.

    It contained pages sides , including the covers. The cover is shown to the right. Size is now smaller than A4, around mm by mm. The new Editor at that time, and still remains in post Feb. Like Damien Demolder, Nigel had been a cruise ship photographer in his earlier years". With all the excellent content, one double page spread contained sadness in the warm friendship and professional respect shown in the many tributes to Chris Cheesman, who died in the autumn of after a short illness, aged just He was known very affectionately by his colleagues as 'Cheeso'. He secured more scoops and broke bigger stories than any other journalist in the industry, and gained a worldwide reputation for his tenacity and determination.

    But he was also a man of honesty and integrity, and a journalist who, in his pursuit of the truth, never forgot he was on the side of the reader. No other journalist in the UK worried the industry's spokespeople as much as Chris. One PR told us that whenever they saw a call coming in from him, they were terrified. This makes him sound like a tyrant.

    He wasn't. Instead, Chris was quiet, modest and very well liked by all who were privileged to know him". Ending on a happier note, AP magazine remains the best photographic magazine on the bookstalls, having outlived so many rivals. But the transition to digital photography is virtually complete. Film photography continues to receive the occasional mention, but the content is now very predominantly, and inevitably, digital.

    In some ways the 'digitalisation' of the magazine's content is emphasised by the readers' letters readers write pages now being named 'Inbox', with most correspondence being received by email. Editorial names list, th December This page last updated: 16th September Amateur Photographer magazine. My favourite photography magazine was, and still remains though now only infrequently read , Amateur Photographer , affectionately known by all its readers as 'AP'.

    The above two issues are owned by Martin Reed. This Journal is started to represent the amateur photographers of Great Britain, India and the Colonies and, above all things, popularity will be its leading feature. We cordially invite the cooperation of amateur photographers of either sex.

    We open our pages to correspondence. We lend our columns to the support of the amateur societies. We shall make a point of personally investigating the various pieces of apparatus brought out from time to time by the makers, and impartially reporting upon the same. At an early date we shall offer money prizes for the best photographs taken by amateurs.

    David Likar , of Melbourne, Australia, is conducting research into the award medals presented by Amateur Photographer, starting from the earliest, believed to be December , and continuing until the early s, perhaps 17th March An example from David's collection is shown here, and a further two are shown lower down the page. This design was used between to around It is 51mm diameter. If you have information on this topic, please contact David via his email: dplatgmail. Please substitute ' ' for 'at'; 'at' used to confuse spammers.

    Our columns for the exchange and sale of photographic apparatus, etc. Editor from , died 27th July Sub-Editor from to but submitted weekly articles for several further years. Editor - became Consulting Editor. The mids and Into the s My AP collection has a gap until Wednesday August 18th see its cover, right so the following text is not a smooth progression from the previous date section. Cover design 5th September, Cover design 2nd January, Cover design 31st August, Cover design 8th December, By the end of , the Assistant Editor's name of H.

    By October , new names appeared in the editorial list alongside A. Sowerby as Editor and R. Mason as Consulting Art Editor. But by January , yet another name appeared, this time someone who was to have a long term association with AP, being Neville Maude, listed as 'Queries Editor'.

    The same list of names can be seen in the September issue, see right. Between the end of January and June , the magazine's appearance changed from being a collection of folded pages inside a folded cover, all stapled together along the folded spine. Instead, the magazine took on the appearance of a soft-backed 'book', with the spine being a flat surface, maybe 5mm wide.

    The internal pages were glued and stapled together, but with the staples now along the vertical left hand edge of the page, rather than into the spine. The cover page was then glue attached to the internal pages, making a very neat appearance and showing no staples from the outside of the cover. This was presumably done because of the ever-increasing number of pages that had to be accommodated each week. Comparing the spine stapled January edition with the edge glued June edition, the number of internal pages had increased from 52 pages sides to 60 pages sides. Another Special Issue, that started appearing annually, was a comprehensive 'Camera Guide' to all models available in the UK.

    And of course there had been special Christmas numbers for many years. Special Issues had their front page title banner Amateur Photographer in various colours, while blue remained the otherwise standard colour. Colour had become an ever increasingly aired topic with technical comment and articles for several years. Agfacolor negative film had become available in the UK in and Kodacolor in though only generally available to the amateur public in Spring The Colour Number contained a total of 70 pages sides plus its colour cover.

    During , the magazine's content acquired an Index on the opening editorial page. It was headed "In This Issue". Sometimes it took the form of a plain vertical box along mostly the left hand side of the page e. The idea to include such an Index did not continue for more than a couple of years started again in Occasional colour pages, inside 'ordinary' issues, were not uncommon by the end of the s during the summer months.

    Index to Issue of 2nd September Index to Issue of 23rd December Front Cover, 11th June Colour Number. One of 12 inside colour pages 4 of them being adverts. Rear Cover, 11th June Lighting and Flash Guide 12 sides 8th October Lighting and Flash Guide 12 sides 7th October An 'Ordinary' Issue 23rd December The Swinging s The s saw AP reverting to using various colours for the front cover title banner, and not just keeping to blue for non-special issues.

    Christmas Presents Number 7th December Derek Keeling, Ricardo was still albeit only occasionally doing his critique of reader's photographs and illustrating his comments with the original picture plus sketches of the original, showing how he believed the original might have been improved if only the photographer had done this or that.

    An example from one of Ricardo's last pages. First inside page, 30th October In , Amateur Photographer reverted to more of a 'conventional' cover design, different from the covers in but also different from the pre covers. Comparing the centre cover above to the one to its left, it can be seen that the physical page area had increased from the previous around 21cm by The first inside page, opposite the cover page, was a page devoted to all the editorial and publishing information, plus a full contents listing. See the inside first page for the 21st February edition, above right.

    The overall inside page arrangement had changed, with the editorial pages now being mixed into the advertisement pages, rather than, as in all previous issues, the editorial section being separate from the advertisements and placed near the middle of the magazine. The editorial pages had previously been separately numbered from the advertisement pages. Now the page numbering became consecutive throughout the issue. The 21st February issue had 98 sides 49 pages plus the cover.

    Several had more pages. The June 'Colour Number' had sides 78 pages plus the cover. All covers were in full colour, not just special numbers. There was an increase in the Special Numbers issues. There would have been others, including the annual Camera Guide and no doubt a Christmas Present Number. So it seems there was likely a Special Number almost every month.

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