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Why do so many colum­nists and reg­u­lar writ­ers for print me­dia use such old pho­tos of them­selves? I once saw a news­pa­per colum­nist who was so dif­fer­ent from his pub­lished photo that if he had not been in­tro­duced by name, he would have been im­pos­si­ble to rec­og­nize. —Wil­liam McIn­tire,

Pinel­las Park, Fla. Well, I sup­pose van­ity could be one fac­tor. But a more im­por­tant fac­tor is fa­mil­iar­ity. Ed­i­tors know that read­ers like to open a news­pa­per or mag­a­zine and see a fa­mil­iar face. As pho­tog­ra­phers have such dif­fer­ent styles, up­dat­ing pho­tos yearly or so would cause an un­com­fort­able sense of dis­con­ti­nu­ity. And be­fore you ask, read­ers, my own col­umn photo was taken two years ago.

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