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Old 12-14-2006, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thanks to Ralph Haseltine's scouring of the net, FHM in the US is RIP....see story at Photo District News

Your discusions and the fate of other "glam" magazines is appreciated, what are your thoughs?...thanks, rg sends!

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I thought it was interesting that the publisher blames its demise on conditions in the United States. Usually magazines fail because the editors and publishers fail to provide the content that their audience wants but here we seem to have a magazine that fails because the audience wasn't buying what they were selling.

I think as a general rule, high quality material properly targeted, will usually succeed. Once you start missing the target, then things tend to spiral down the slippery slope.

But when all is said and done, Glamour is a difficult target, and only a very limited number of publications will consistently hit it (since its a moving target).

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Old 12-14-2006, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We want to see glamour but we want to buy porno.

I have heard so many stories lately from photographers who shoot glamour and have had the experience of telling their model's to cover up or not pose 'that way.'
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We want to see glamour but we want to buy porno.

I have heard so many stories lately from photographers who shoot glamour and have had the experience of telling their model's to cover up or not pose 'that way.'
I'll go ya one better: When I'm shooting glamour on porn sets I'm constantly telling the models/performers, "Don't pose that way," or "Don't do that." Graphic, hard-core images are no longer used for the vast majority of adult DVD artwork. Heck, nipples are no longer shown on much of it.
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll go ya one better: When I'm shooting glamour on porn sets I'm constantly telling the models/performers, "Don't pose that way," or "Don't do that." Graphic, hard-core images are no longer used for the vast majority of adult DVD artwork. Heck, nipples are no longer shown on much of it.
LOL! I've had the same experience! When doing my "Pink Football" shoot, I was constantly telling the girl to put her outfit back on. Finally I promised her that if she just did what I needed her to do for the shoot, I'd shoot all the nude shots of her she wanted. That worked.

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FHM, Maxim, and Stuff were always interchangeable for me, never really distinguished one from the other. One more, one less? No big deal.
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FHM, Maxim, and Stuff were always interchangeable for me, never teally distinguished one from the other.
which is exactly they're problem. maxim pretty much owns the lad-mag market and all FHM, Stuff, and some others managed to do was look like inferior clones. they needed to develop their own indentity and brand... a brand that would set them apart from maxim.
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FYI--Stuff is a Maxim Mag...rg sends!
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FYI--Stuff is a Maxim Mag...rg sends!
all the more reason for them to develop a distinct and separate identity, as perceived by those who purchase those rags. cosmopolitan and vanity faire are day and night in terms of their editorial identities. can't say that for maxim and stuff... they're barely minutes apart.
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all the more reason for them to develop a distinct and separate identity, as perceived by those who purchase those rags. cosmopolitan and vanity faire are day and night in terms of their editorial identities. can't say that for maxim and stuff... they're barely minutes apart.
To you amd me, but strangely enough, not to women. I have been approached by someone who wants me to shoot some stuff (no pun intended) for her to submit to the upcoming Maxim Hometown Hotties contest. She said that she would have no interest in being in either Stuff or FHM, as the women in there are "sleazier". She is one of several women that I know that feel that way.

I don't understand it, I just roll with it.
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