As posted on the web site for the Ag Journal:
12th June 2011 Due to the sudden death of publisher Chris Dickie, Ag magazine is currently on hold. All subscribers will be informed as to the future of the publication once a decision has been made. Picture-box media will not be taking any new orders for back issues of Ag or any other Picture-box publication for the time being. If you have any questions about outstanding orders please contact Picture-box media using the contact link below. We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
Regretfully, I did not have an opportunity to obtain any of the Ag magazine, as they were not readily available in the US. I was frequently on the look out for this magazine while transitioning through the airports in London and Manchester, not always the best of magazines venues, but I have been lucky in the past.
One book that I am very aware of is Dickie’s how-to book Photo Projects (pub 2006 Argentum, an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd) which I had found in 2007 during a pivotal developmental period while I was beginning to investigate my utilization of photographic projects. Dickie’s book appeared at just the right time for me. I found his writing easy to comprehend, articulate without being becoming too abstract, and making a whole lot of sense for the concept of working on photographic projects. He provided excellent rationale and reasons for photographic projects and I have subsequently leaned on these during my photobook workshops.
One of the photographers featured in Photo Projects to illustrate one of Dickie’s points was Simon Dension and his book Quarry Land, especially as Quarry Land resonated so strongly with a personal project that I was in mid-development at that time: In Passing. I went on to acquire Quarry Land and Dension subsequently gave me permission to use one of his statements in his book to use as a quote for In Passing. BTW, my brief comments about Quarry Land was posted on my personal blog Singular Images prior to starting The PhotoBook, so I guess I need to provide an updated book review some time soon, eh?
Also a related post on FaceBook by Beth Dow > I’m sad to report the death of Chris Dickie, the tireless and witty engine behind the fabulous English photography journal AG. I met him way back in the day he was still publisher and editor of the British Journal of Photography (BJP) and was honored to also be featured in AG as well as his Photo Projects book. My husband, Keith Taylor, wrote several articles for AG. His voice was unique in the industry, and he will be missed.
BTW, it was in Photo Projects that I first became aware of Beth Dow’s striking photographs.
Such sad news. AG was a beautiful and unique magazine with high quality writing as well as images. It was worth every penny of my subscription. Chris Dickie edited it with a lovely dry sense of humour. It always had such clarity in contrast to the often dire, wilfully obscure nonsense that surrounds so much art photography.
I heard this news today and it is indeed extremely sad.
Ag magazine, the finest non-commercial photography journal available in the UK in my view, must survive, although it’s hard to imagine it without Chris’s witty asides and his unfailing ability to find and publish some of the very best contemporary photographers, photographic history and detailed articles on technique. Each quarterly copy never failed to contain rich and varied content, each one like a small book, lovingly assembled and beautifully printed – and no advertising whatsoever!
A great loss, a sad moment. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
I always found Chris friendly and helpful when I had conversations about renewing my subscription. I just wish I had managed to meet him in person.
Ag is the only photography magazine for which I always renewed my subscription – since I discovered it at edition 31