JPG Magazine: R.I.P/Free back issues.

jpg magazine logoJPG Magazine is / was an awesome photography magazine, published six times a year by 8020 Media. With a strong community of nearly 200,000 photographers who share their photos and stories online, review the work of others, and help make the magazine by voting for their favorite photos. Now hit by the economic recession, jpgmag.com will shut down.

"We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success."

Like another amazing arts magazine (The Drama) which has fallen due to the grueling magazine business, JPG has provided access to download free archives as pdf of previous JPG magazine back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. I downloaded some JPG Mag issues and the photograph collections are truly amazing.

Checkout more JPG goodness at the Unofficial JPG Magazine group on Flickr.