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September 18, 2006 2:15 PM   Subscribe

JPG, an online/offline photo magazine "for photographers like us who fall somewhere in between the strict definitions of 'amateur' and 'professional,'" launches today. The impresario of JPG is Derek Powazek, the author of Design for Community, who has a long history of building interesting Web-based community sites, including the personal-storytelling site Fray.com (currently on hiatus). The co-founder of JPG, Powazek's wife Heather Champ, created the haunting Mirror Project.
posted by digaman (24 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
It didn't launch today; JPG is two years old. Instead, they redesigned and added some features.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:21 PM on September 18, 2006


is that jessamyn on that site or mere coincidence.

Anyway, it looks pretty cool. Thanks.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 2:21 PM on September 18, 2006


I've heard about this before when it was still in its preliminary stages. Could swear it was from Kindall's old Project's mailing, but not sure.
Either way, pretty cool- I love these kind of links!
posted by jmd82 at 2:22 PM on September 18, 2006


A nice selection of JPG's photos.
posted by digaman at 2:24 PM on September 18, 2006


Sorry about the mixup, monju -- I had seen the print magazine but not the Web site.
posted by digaman at 2:28 PM on September 18, 2006


I much enjoyed "Justly Married," Powazek's photo chronicle of that brief moment of matrimonial equality in San Francisco, which now seems like late lamented history.
posted by digaman at 2:32 PM on September 18, 2006


heather. derek.
posted by crunchland at 2:32 PM on September 18, 2006


[this is good]
posted by PugAchev at 2:42 PM on September 18, 2006


Hiya! Derek here.

Thanks for the links and the comments, y'all!

It's true, JPG has been around for 2 years. Today is, in fact, JPG's 2nd birthday! Woot!

But today JPG has been reborn. Everything is new. You can now create a membership and upload your photos. Members can directly create the magazine by submitting their work, and voting for other members' submissions. And then there's the magazine itself: bigger, fatter, less expensive, more often, and, soon, subscribeable.

We think this is an exciting new way to make a magazine: Turn over as much of the making as possible to the community and see what they make.

Personally, I can't wait.
posted by fraying at 2:45 PM on September 18, 2006


Dont forget the Flickr group.
posted by anonaccount at 2:50 PM on September 18, 2006


The magazine had sorta fallen off my radar screen. I didn't know about the rebirth, to use Derek's word, so thanks for the link, digaman. Looks like fun, and some nice photos to boot.
posted by diddlegnome at 6:24 PM on September 18, 2006


Wow, so neat -- I didn't know about this publication. Thanks very much for this, digaman.

It's also so good to have the chance to tell fraying how very beautiful (and inspiring, and now rather heartbreaking) I found his Justly Married series to be.
posted by melissa may at 6:54 PM on September 18, 2006


Powazek's wife Heather Champ, created the haunting Mirror Project.

Haunting? That's a new one.
posted by justgary at 7:55 PM on September 18, 2006


We think this is an exciting new way to make a magazine: Turn over as much of the making as possible to the community and see what they make.

Lightens the work load, too!

Happy Project Birthday, Derek and Heather, and thanks for all the cool web stuff over the years.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:55 AM on September 19, 2006


"haunting
adj

Definition: evocative"

-- Answers.com. Not so new.
posted by digaman at 8:02 AM on September 19, 2006


I was a regular on Derek's kvetch waaaay back in 1999. Now that was an "interesting Web-based community site."
posted by MrMoonPie at 8:16 AM on September 19, 2006


I agree. I tried to post a link, but was redirected to Derek's home page.
posted by digaman at 11:15 AM on September 19, 2006


haunt·ing
adj.
Continually recurring to the mind; unforgettable: a haunting melody.


If you get haunting out of the mirror project, more power to you. I see people taking pictures of themselves in mirrors. Not so new, not so unforgettable.
posted by justgary at 12:00 PM on September 19, 2006


File me under not so cynical, then.
posted by digaman at 1:37 PM on September 19, 2006


For example. And this. And this.
posted by digaman at 1:49 PM on September 19, 2006


Not to detract at all from the mirror project, considering the vast majority of the photos submitted were shot within 5 feet of a commode, I don't really see how "haunting" applies.
posted by crunchland at 2:23 PM on September 19, 2006


Hit the bathroom after I've been in there, and I could see using the word 'haunted', though...
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:16 PM on September 19, 2006


File me under not so cynical, then.

You're taking my comment wrong. Really, I had just never thought of the mirror project as 'haunting'. I've taken mirror shots and thought of them more as whimsical.

But it's interpretive, so each to his/her own.
posted by justgary at 1:35 AM on September 20, 2006


<derail>
Self-link to show support for digaman :)

I know I feel a haunted feeling when I look back on photos I submitted nearly 7 years ago. My life is very different now.
</derail>
posted by terrapin at 9:04 AM on September 20, 2006


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