Travel Photography shuns 'sunbed and sangria' set

Front cover and back of launch issue of Travel Photography

Former Amateur Photographer editor Keith Wilson has launched a new magazine called Travel Photography.

The 100-page bimonthly title is the third photography launch from GMC Publications and is scheduled to hit news-stands on 22 August.

Wilson said it was aimed at anyone who enjoyed taking photos on holiday but stressed it would be far removed from the "sunbed and sangria" set. He said the focus would be on long-haul and more exotic locations.

The first issue includes pictures of Afghanistan since the US bombing, an interview with Magnum photographer Steve McCurry and a personal account by wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt on the effects of changes to airline security.

"We were looking at other areas in the market and photography and travel have been pretty good companions for a long time," Wilson told Press Gazette. "Travel is a very popular aspect of photography that is reflected in travel titles such as CondŽ Nast Traveller and Wanderlust and it just seemed to me that there was a need for a title specifically devoted to this."

"We don’t distinguish between someone who is amateur and professional. If we feel the pictures are up to it and the story is original and interesting, we’ll be more than interested in seeing it reproduced," he added. "We want the personality of the contributors to come through in the text as much as their pictures."

The title has a small staff including deputy editor Ailsa McWhinnie, features editor Elizabeth Roberts and editorial assistant Tracy Hallet. Wilson said he would rely predominantly on freelances but was planning to recruit another full-time editorial assistant.

It will have a print run of 55,000 and a cover price of £3.25.

Wilson was editor of Amateur Photographer from 1989 to 1998, having previously been launch editor of Photo Technique and What Camera.

He said he was not concerned about other launches and the arrival later this month of Total Digital Photography.

By Ruth Addicott

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