The New York Times photo blog Lens will go on a temporary hiatus starting later this month, the publication's Director of Photography Meaghan Looram announced to staff in a note that has been shared on Facebook. Looram praised the photo blog, saying it 'set out to showcase work that risked getting lost in the digital blizzard.' However, Looram notes, 'Lens was founded during a different era,' and it seems it is time for the photo blog to evolve.
Looram's note explains:
'Lens was founded during a different era. Digital platforms were presenting new challenges to the industry, and Lens provided one of the few dedicated showcases for photography. But since then, the means of consuming photography have changed and expanded. We believe that this is the perfect time to take stock of and celebrate what Lens has achieved and to give serious thought to how to better position Lens for the future.'
The photo blog isn't ending, but will instead return as an updated offering that better suits present needs. 'We want Lens to evolve into an unrivalled source for those who want to read about and think about photography,' Looram said. The team plans to solicit ideas from readers regarding ways to reinvent the brand as 'a dynamic space to highlight more of the incredible photography that all of you produce on a daily basis.'
Looram concluded her note, stating:
'There will be time to celebrate Lens and its wonderful run. In the meantime, a final nod to the creators, producers and caretakers of Lens: What an extraordinary thing you created and produced for a decade. You have our deepest admiration and gratitude. Onward.'
Though Lens is temporarily ending, Looram notes that The NYT is still accepting pitches and the annual New York Portfolio Review that Lens helped launch will continue in the blog's absence.


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