Anyone following the industry is probably now aware of the cuts that hit the BusinessWeek photo, art, and graphics department this week....unfortunately everyone was let go as the department is restructured. I shot a story for them, above and below, on Saturday and the p.e. on the story was feeding me info as it was unfolding early in the week. Sad news for all.
There was something about this crew of p.e.'s that always stuck with me. Facebook arrived in 2009 and it really allowed some sense of community to form with the p.e.'s there. It allowed everyone to view into their lives during the period where they were purchased by Bloomberg and how that effected everyone. There was a consistency to their group of p.e.'s...everyone seemed to work there a long time, and you got to know them over time, and that familiarity helped. The test of a good working relationship occurs when you really solidly and wholeheartedly blow a shoot...and are still able to move forward together.
BW will continue with a new staff and will indeed produce good things as will all the editors who have been let go. This little eulogy is just taking note of an end of an era...and the start of something new.