Somewhat sad news in the world of photography blogs today as the New York Times’ Lens photography blog announced it will be taking a short break.
In their own words: “Lens was founded during a different era. Digital platforms were presenting new challenges to the industry, and Lens provided one of the few dedicated showcases for photography. But since then, the means of consuming photography have changed and expanded. We believe that this is the perfect time to take stock of and celebrate what Lens has achieved and to give serious thought to how to better position Lens for the future.”
So it doesn’t seem like it is going away permanently, just coming back in a different form?
The note continues: “There will be time to celebrate Lens and its wonderful run. In the meantime, a final nod to the creators, producers and caretakers of Lens: What an extraordinary thing you created and produced for a decade. You have our deepest admiration and gratitude. Onward.”
DPReview notes that the New York Times will still be taking pitches for stories that would be featured on the Lens blog.
This doesn’t have anything to do with the health of the NYT as a company which has experienced one of its best periods of growth over the past several years after being written off as dead for a long time prior.
So we can’t assume it has anything to do with the business metrics at the New York Times and truly is a “rethink” of what the blog is going to be in the future.
As always, we’d love to know what you think about the New York Times’ Lens blog as well as photography blogs in general. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.