SmugMug has acquired the favored images podcast, This Week in Picture – in any other case referred to as TWiP. It’s the second acquisition by the corporate after selecting up Flickr in 2018. In addition to buying the podcast itself, TWiP Editor in Chief Frederick Van Johnson can be becoming a member of SmugMug. He’ll lead content material and new media whereas sustaining his function with TWiP to assist it proceed to develop and evolve.
SmugMug+Flickr VP of Advertising and marketing, Scott Kinzie says that “It’s an excellent match”, with each firms and TWiP having the objective of accelerating the affect and influence of images worldwide. TWiP was created by Frederick in 2008 as a primarily gear-focused podcast. It’s advanced since then to cowl nearly each matter within the images trade.
SmugMug is a giant identify within the images trade, having taken over the reins at Flickr in 2018 and introduced it again to some relevance. At present, it sees site visitors of round 60 million customers per 30 days. SmugMug’s acquisition of TWiP is an extra step within the objective of serving to to encourage and educate photographers all over the world, it doesn’t matter what their ability degree. In regards to the acquisition, Kinzie says:
Our goal at SmugMug is constructing a greater world via the facility of images, and This Week in Picture has been inspiring, educating, and connecting photographers for greater than a decade. Naturally, we’re huge followers of [Johnson’s] work.
We’re amongst only a few really photographer-centric manufacturers worldwide. We’re at all times in search of alternatives to help these cornerstones of the photographic neighborhood, so after we realized Frederick shared our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for images, it grew to become clear that this relationship was nice not just for photographers but additionally for the artwork of images itself.
This Week in Picture (TWiP) has been round since 2008, evolving from the preliminary dialogue of the newest gear and devices to masking a variety of images matters. It now provides common critiques on photographs, interviews and inspiration, and suggestions for find out how to take your ardour professional with a lot of enterprise discussions from a number of the world’s prime working photographers. Johnalso additionally spoke concerning the acquisition:
Frankly, it’s time for TWiP to evolve. I’ve constructed an exquisite podcast and neighborhood of photographers, however I imagine TWiP can attain many extra photographers, produce extra superb content material, and increase the dialogue round images — and its influence on our world. I simply needed to discover the precise workforce to work with, and SmugMug is the apparent selection due to its unprecedented model recognition and attain into the images trade.
A decade in the past, it was all about gear and the newest tech. In addition they needed to know find out how to construct a portfolio or gallery with the instruments of the time. Folks nonetheless love their gear, however at the moment we’re more and more seeing of us get into enterprise, making an attempt to make a go of it as a professional photographer. I’ve lengthy admired SmugMug’s dedication to empowering photographers since signing up in 2004. I’m stoked to affix them of their mission of getting extra photographers knowledgeable, impressed, and entertained—it’s the chance of a lifetime.
It seems to be like the perfect match for each firms and their audiences, to not point out Flickr. With a variety of photographers from all walks of life, all ability ranges and all genres, the viewers of all three platforms meshes collectively very properly. It would doubtless see all three of them develop in instructions that weren’t beforehand potential.
You will discover out extra concerning the acquisition on the SmugMug web site.