While I was waiting to see the doctor last week, someone had left a Popular Photography magazine in the mix of the usual People, Good Housekeeping, New Yorker, and various medical pamphlets. I picked up the Popular Photography, flipped through it, and read a couple of short reviews before I was called into to see the doctor. I had a gift subscription to Outdoor Photographer a few years ago, but other than that I hadn't read photo magazines in years. Flipping through Popular Photography at the doctor's office reminded me of how many years ago I used to get various photo magazines like Shutter Bug, Aperture, and various other photo rags, and I started thinking that I should subscribe to a photo magazine again.
When I was at the store today, I walked past the magazine rack, and suddenly remembered that I wanted to get a photo magazine. I stopped dead in my tracks, put my shopping cart in reverse, backed up to the magazine display, and started looking through all the magazines for a Shutter Bug, Popular Photography or anything with "Photography" in the title; but much to my dismay, there were no photography magazines in the rack. I looked on the end displays, in the book rack, around the instore-photo lab — NOTHING — Not a photo rag to be seen. So I ended up wasting a lot of time looking for something that I would think they would carry along with rags like UTV Action, Sedona Monthly, Catster, Cowboy, Cowgirl, Golf, Sports Fantasy, etc. The least the store could do would be to put up a sign that reads "We don't sell no stinking photo magazines!" so photographers don't have to bother to look through the magazine rack for magazines that are not there.