The sad news racing through the photo community this morning…or at least the small portion I find myself a part of…is that another sweeping round of
axings layoffs at BusinessWeek is imminent. I suppose my acting surprised might seem a trifle disingenuous, but since Bloomberg assumed the reins back in December and the initial firings were announced, things seemed to be stabilizing and I was hoping (against hope?) that the friends and colleagues I have known for years would be spared further cuts, but with word that a new design team is in place and both the New York Post and Daily Finance reporting that as many as 30 more people might face the chopping block as early as tomorrow, it’s probably time to face the fact that the magazine I knew is due for some pretty big changes.
Sue Bloom gave me my first assignment back in October of 1988. Roxanne Edwards (then the Photo Director) took a chance and gave me my first cover story a few short months later. It was in 1991 that I began working with the current Photo Director, Ronnie Weil, when she sent me of to shoot the CEO of Pepsi. And Larry Lippman, Kathy Moore, Scott Mlyn, Anne D’Aprix, Sarah Morse, Andrew Popper, Mindy Katzman, Lori Perbeck, Regina Flanagan, Kat Malott, Burte Hughes, Sandra Torres…throughout the years these photo editors and researchers have been like family. This is one of very few magazines I have worked for where I could drop by and feel like an insider and that my opinions and viewpoint actually mattered. I’ve been allowed access into some pretty amazing executive suites over the years…culminating in Ronnie and me getting to spend an afternoon in the Oval Office just a few months ago for our Obama cover story…and I’ve had the opportunity to produce some rather interesting work. I honestly can’t tell you how many covers I’ve shot for them, but it’s gotta be North of thirty by now, and through it all it’s been a wild ride. Now all any of us can do is see how the next act plays out…..
4 thoughts on “More Cuts At BusinessWeek???”
Very sad news…
I agree this seems like the end of an era – such great people! They have had the longest run in terms of staff of any magazine I know. I did my first cover for them in 1985 (!) at the Treasury Dept. with Roxanne Roberts and went on to do some really memorable shoots.
You didn’t mention Larry Lippman – he was so important in re-negotiating the fees for photographers and really went out on a limb at the time.
You’re right….I don’t know how Larry’s name escaped that list….old age, brain fart, whatever….but I have fixed that oversight… BT
Keep us up to date Brad.
I don’t have nearly your track record with BusinessWeek, having only shot with them for a couple of years, but in that time I’ve never experienced a better group of people to work for.
There’s simply no magazine where you’re made to feel more like an equal, respected member of the team. Here’s hoping the already reduced photo team is left untouched.