Newsweek photo staff gutted in recent layoffs

“The photographic vision for the magazine is not one that I can any longer be considered a good fit for. Pictures tend to be used as part of an overall design conceit, not as art in and of itself. I think it’s called modern, which would seem to make me old fashioned.” -outgoing Newsweek director of photography Simon Barnett told PDN

It seemed like only yesterday Newsweek announced a big redesign in hopes of regaining lost market share. Photos got bigger play online after the redesign, but according to recently laid-off director of photography Simon Barnett, photography took a back seat to the overall design of the magazine. This week’s round of layoffs saw four key members of the photo staff shown the door.

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