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.