Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Set up in 1854, the British Journal of Photography is the world’s longest–running photography magazine. Deputy Editor Diane Smyth tells us how she started out in journalism and where she looks for photographers to feature in the magazine…

I didn’t set out to be a journalist.

I always enjoyed reading and writing, so I studied English at university. I worked on a magazine in Birmingham while I was still as university and the summer after graduating. Then I spent a year in Athens teaching English. I deliberately chose a big language school that had a textbook department - it was good experience in publishing. Back in London I interned at Bloomsbury Books, then I got a job at Marshall Cavendish, a company that publishes part works – magazines you collect over years and put together in binders. After about a year I got a job on a website. Then the internet boom busted and I was made redundant, which was a tough experience.

Following that, I worked on a financial magazine for three and a half years. I didn’t find the subject matter that interesting but it was well paid. BJP was part of the same company. I’ve always been interested in art and photography, so I became friendly with the girl who was Features Editor. One day she told me, “I’m leaving – why don’t you apply for my job?” So I did and got it.

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