I suppose as long as Steve can find 'friends' who are willing to work for free, he no longer has to worry about paying for an article.
I consider that terribly unfortunate for you and others who think that writing an article isn't worth the value of being paid. It demeans your effort and the effort of others who put many hours and sometimes a considerable investment of expenses into an article.
When I write an article on a test of a camera or a lens, I will spend (depending on the size of the camera) hundreds of dollars of film on the article, and those costs are not expensed. They are covered in the article payment, so I don't consider the articles to be an avenue to make a living, either, but a payment (even if it is small) is a fair and honorable measure of the value that I bring to the magazine.
I have no issue with Steve, other than this. I wasn't part of the Foto3 debacle, and I don't know the history of what happened between Steve and Ted at the end, although it's clear that Ted got the short end of the deal. There are others that I know of as well.
I have defended him in the past because I believed that he was trying to be a positive contributor on this form and others, and I feel that he had a good magazine that provides a worthy contribution to the industry. As such, I was pleased to contribute to the magazine over the years.
I do think that potential contributors should know the state of the operation before they spend the effort on an article. If you have no expectation for payment then there will be no issue. Otherwise, be warned.
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I don't feel demeaned and enjoy contributing the little that I do. If you have costs that need to be covered, then I am sure the amount was agreed to up front and you and Steve can work that out in private.
While I am sure your intentions were honest, sometimes public "warnings" are just a way for the person who provides it to embarrass and belittle others. To allow bashing and then be able to step back and say to others " I was only trying to be helpful".
As I say, I am sure that was not your intention, but it sort of comes across that way. It was what took a small, simple thread about a delay in someones subscription to become another VC bashing thread. I think anyone who would write an article for any magazine would know enough to ask about payment and get any agreement in writing. Correct?
I hope you and VC work out the payment issue and it is done so in a professional manner. I enjoy your photography as well as your writing.
I do see this thread as providing information that a potential subscriber or contributor can consider in deciding for themselves whether to subscribe or to contribute, i.e. to let potential subscribers or authors know that they may encounter problems in receiving the magazine on time (or at all, in some cases) or in being paid for their efforts if they're thinking of contributing (assuming of course that they had an agreement that they would be paid).
So I have no problem at all with the content of this thread to the extent it relates to complaints about timeliness of delivery and/or not being paid for contributions and I'm surprised you and a couple others do have problems. You can call VC magazine a "labor love" but the fact is it's a business - it charges for advertising, it charges for subscriptions, it charges for news stand purchases. I see no reason why it should be any different from any other business related to large format photography when it comes to legitimate criticism here. The notion that the moderators should for some reason be "protecting" this particular product from criticism is, to me, an appalling idea. I'd hate to think that the moderators were picking and choosing which products were to be "protected" from criticism and which weren't.
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you do criticize them you'll be
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Simmons has not shown the least degree of professionalism nor even common courtesy, nor even bothered a F-Y- in response to requests. He is, a complete and utter [ fill in here when the children have left the room]
I find it amazing that every time Steve Simmons' name is mentioned on this forum, and a comment is made about View Camera Magazine, it seems to set off a diatribe regarding the integrity of the man and the quality and value of his publication.
Nobody is forcing others to read or approve of View Camera. It's as simple as this, if you don't like it, don't subscribe and don't read it. I happen to be a long time subscriber.
As I said in the past, I would miss View camera if it was no longer being published.
Thanks Kirk! That's what is needed.
As a consumer of LF photography related products, I think it right and proper that fellow consumers openly and publicly share there experience's. Why would anyone think otherwise?
If one clicks on his name, no options to contact him via email or PM are presented. I suspect this means he's been banned. Don't know whether it's temporary or permanent.
David, I am at a loss to understand your objection to this discussion. Mr. Simmons produces a product, and I think it's fair game for people to criticize or praise it. We do this all the time with cameras, film, and other businesses that touch on LF. Why not a magazine? If the criticism is all true -- lousy and erratic delivery, rude employees, shallow content, then people have a right to know before they subscribe. If the criticism is not true, I would expect others to rise to the defense. I don't see how an honest and open discussion is anything other than a benefit to our community.
The failure to pay contributors is especially troublesome as far as I am concerned. If he can't afford to pay, or doesn't intend to, he ought not to make the promise. I doubt very much that he sends the magazine out to subscribers who don't pay their bill. (In fact, he appears not to send the magazine to at least a few who DO pay their bill).
I have no dog in this fight. I have never subscribed to the magazine nor have I ever had dealings with Mr. Simmons. I just think the discussion has merit.