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Amateur Photographer - - 7days -

I to­tally agree with Barry Shaw’s let­ter (AP 19 Aug 2017) about AP’s In­box, and am ex­ceed­ingly happy to hear that it will soon be re­turn­ing to its usual two-page for­mat. Hav­ing In­box as only a sin­gle page, and with one col­umn of that page taken up by the reader poll pie chart, is sim­ply not enough. Trans­mit­ting pho­tog­ra­phers’ views is a vi­tal part of AP and, no, I do not want to read them on Face­book. Like Barry Shaw, I want to be able to en­joy a paper copy of AP over cof­fee and cake or, more usu­ally, a glass of beer.

But there is one as­pect of hav­ing a print copy of AP that Barry Shaw does not men­tion, and which I con­sider cru­cial. It is that hav­ing a paper copy al­lows me to scrawl over it and an­no­tate it with a red pen, high­light­ing things that I find in­ter­est­ing or use­ful, things that I agree or dis­agree with, and so on. All is­sues of AP re­ceive this treat­ment at my hands and, be­fore they are re­cy­cled, I tear out and keep pages of spe­cial in­ter­est for fu­ture ref­er­ence. I have been read­ing AP for many years and have many hundreds of such torn out pages, and the amount that I have learnt about pho­tog­ra­phy over the years by means of this sim­ple method is truly vast. And, to me, that is one of the things that AP is, and al­ways has been, all about. Adrian Lewis, Bris­tol Great to hear this – as you can imag­ine we def­i­nitely think there is a lot of life in print me­dia yet! – Ge­off Harris, deputy editor

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