The end is (probably) nigh: After almost 22 years, Imaging Resource is set to wind down in early 2020

I’ve spent a lot of time at this site. Very sad!

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The end is (probably) nigh: After almost 22 years, Imaging Resource is set to wind down in early 2020

by Dave Etchells

posted Sunday, October 13, 2019

I first had the idea for Imaging Resource almost 24 years ago, and I’ve been actively working on it for about 22 years now. …

They say all good things must come to an end, though, and tantalizingly close to a quarter-century from when I first had the idea for it, I’m sorry to say that Imaging Resource, too, will likely be winding down early next year.

The reasons for that decision are many-fold. For one thing, the camera industry itself has been contracting for quite a few years now. That’s due in part to the arrival on the scene of high-quality camera phones which, especially for many more casual photographers, negated the need to carry a separate device on which to capture their memories.

But that’s not the whole story: Just as significantly, modern digital cameras are reliable enough to last for years, and the image quality and performance they offer mean that photographers don’t feel the urge to upgrade to newer models nearly as often. The days of buying a new camera every couple of years or so are by and large behind us, which while great news for photographers is bad news for the industry as a whole.

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