Sports Illustrated News : Magazine lays off all its staff photographers

Sports Illustrated News : Magazine lays off all its staff photographers

Sports Illustrated News, Magazine has fired its entire photojournalism staff, according to a report from the National Press Photographers Association.

The magazine, formed in 1954 and famed for its glossy photo spreads, let go of two senior writers, copy editors and two editors at Sports Illustrated Kids as well as all six staff photographers, Capital New York reports.

“We’re going to be managing the business in a way that reflects how a 21st-century media operation runs,” an unnamed spokesperson told Capital.

Brad Smith, director of photography at Sports Illustrated, confirmed the departure of photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John McDonough and Al Tielemans

“Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers,” he told News Photographer magazine.

But he alluded to the possibility of the former employees doing freelance work for the magazine.

“Our commitment to photography hasn’t changed,” he said. “We’re still going to cover games, we’re going to shoot portraits, we’re going to cover Olympics, we’ll be at the Final Four, we will be at championships, we’ll be there.”

Owned by Time Inc., Sports Illustrated previously downsized last February, laying off a dozen writers and editors.