They tell me camera arts is good. I have a two year subscription but they've only delivered about 2 issues (maybe 3) and then asked me to renew. (edit: That is 2 or 3 issues over the two year subscription. So the complaint is that they didn't actually deliver what I ordered and not that they were grubbing for money right away.)
I really need to complain to them but instead I spend my meditative time wishing them out of business.
Camera Arts was
pretty good a few years back, but with new ownership they've changed format and emphasis, and not for the better. The magazine formerly had at least one really good article per issue highlighting beautiful color photos. They now seem to specialize in pretentious portfolios heavy on the post-modern cleverness, lots of blurry out of focus images, and fashion-as-art. The latest issue has an article written by Douglas Dubler paying homage to his own over-cooked fashion shots of supermodels taken more than 20 years ago
. Don't waste your money.
View Camera has much more consistently interesting articles, including some beautiful color work, but it's hit or miss depending on the issue.
be your magazine, but nowadays it's simply pathetic, a parody of itself, with coverage that veers from breathless homages to the Sally Mann/Andreas Gursky type art world darlings to grim mud-and-blood reportage, to po-mo surrealism.
Then there are the countless magazines focused on gear and "ten great tips" technique articles. Occasionally some nice photographs somehow sneak past the editors and end up published, but it's hardly worth the trouble looking for them.
Lenswork really is the only thing out there focused on the photograph itself, and photography as art, without trying to be too clever about it. Certainly something similar addressing color photography would be great.