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Photography Website Pixiq Abruptly Shut Down, Leaving Contributors in the Dark

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Back in early 2010, we received an e-mail asking us to join an up-and-coming photography blog that was trying to bring all of the best contributors, content creators and experts from the world of photography under one roof. It was described as a “photography website that should have been around for the last five years or more” and it was called Pixiq.

At the time we decided to stay independent, but many big-time photographers and photo bloggers took the offer and jumped on the train — a decision many are undoubtedly regretting: Pixiq was suddenly taken offline today by its owner, Sterling Publishing, just days after the company sent its contributors a warning.

If you visit Pixiq now — a site once lauded as one of the fastest growing on the Internet — you’re greeted by this message:

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According to Photocritic, which was one of the main contributors on Pixiq, Barnes and Nobles owned Sterling shut down the site earlier today, taking with it thousands of articles and comments that are have now disappeared into the ether of zeros and ones.

Daniela Bowker and Haje Jan Kamps of Photocritic were among the lucky bloggers that kept a backup of their archive, but many bloggers weren’t as lucky. One unidentified blogger told Photocritic “This is ridiculous. It means I can’t get my content back, even though the copyright was still mine, even though I had specific talks about that.”

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At this point, nobody at Pixiq or Sterling has responded to requests for comment, but it seems the once on-the-rise photo blog that Hybrid News once called “the place for photo experts and enthusiasts to engage in an open and on-going dialog about everything photography,” is gone forever.

(via Photocritic via 1001 Noisy Cameras)


 
  • oldtaku

    Isn’t TEH CLAUDE great? They tell me I should keep all my stuff there.

    Seriously, never trust a site with your content – always keep a local backup.

  • Keilo

    I’ll never agree with the ‘cloud’ concept. My things stay there: “in the clouds” so I can’t reach them and people with a good ‘eye’ can see them… bad, bad.

  • russianbox

    what idiot put his work on a site and didn’t keep a backup? You don’t get any sympathy from me

  • Mumpitz

    the next great thing.. join the ADOBE CLOUD!!!!

  • joe

    What cloud? Where is this cloud you are talking about. They weren’t uploading their blog post to a cloud service. They were uploading it to the pixiq blog server. That is not a cloud service. Please do a little research before bashing cloud services because you come off like a dork.

  • joe

    I don’t know how you have managed to connect a blog being closed with cloud services being bad. Anyone confusing this with cloud services is clueless. honestly. Google “What is a cloud service”

  • Mantis

    The concept is the same. Your content exists someplace that you don’t control or own.

  • http://twitter.com/ohnostudio Libby Stack

    Pixiq jumped the shark a couple of years ago when there was a seemingly unending stream of posts from Carlos Miller and his Photography is Not A Crime stuff. I stopped reading at that time because the site simply became less useful for me. I think they cut Miller loose if I remember correctly.

    According to some in the finance world, B&N’s days are numbered with failure to embrace online retail early on and its late entry into digital books. The Nook totally underwhelmed and I was getting so many email blasts from them trying to dump the underperforming tablets that I have unsuscribed.from all of their email. A patent squabble with Microsoft didn’t help, nor did their eventual partnership with MS. Stories have been circulating about the possible sale of Nook Media to Microsoft.The company has been blowing through cash for quite awhile and their billion dollar share buyback a few years ago certainly didn’t help things.

    The Sterling Publishing end was actually put up for sale by B&N in January 2012. Maybe they have a buyer. That may also possibly mean the end of Pixiq books as we now know it. They pubished several photography tiles as well as stuff like gardening, cooking & crafts. Pixiq is sort of a B&N “house brand”. B&N owned Sterling for 10 years. Maybe they found a buyer and they’re stripping some of the superfluous fluff. Or they didn’t pay their server bills. My guess is that there will be no plans to return the site to service.

  • Virtualfrog

    @libby Stack They cut Carlos Miller because of the content of his blog. In actually PINAC was by far bringing the most views and revenue to the site. There were so many good photogs and a lot of good information to be had. It is the economics of a new site that the owners could not continue to support. I am sorry to see it go.

  • oldtaku

    Even if it was on Amazon cloud, MS Azure, or similar service, if the main website shuts down all your stuff is gone. The point is it doesn’t matter where it resides – if it is online YOU CAN NOT TRUST IT. Have your own copy.

  • http://twitter.com/intensitystudio Antonio Carrasco

    That whole site was disjointed and the posts seemed just random and not focused. Also a lot of the writers seemed to be trying to sell you their ebook or portfolio review.

  • http://twitter.com/om43photo Rob

    pixiq can still be accessed (currently) by going to dev.pixiq.com.

  • bzflagkilljoy

    @libby stack: it was Carlos miller that took me to pixiq, and I read some of the other articles as well. But it was the favorable reviews of the lytol, without any discussion of the storage model that turned me off.