In shocking news today for photojournalists everywhere, Sports Illustrated has announced that the remaining 6 photographers on staff have been laid off. Confirmed by Sports Illustrated's director of photography Brad Smith, SI has said the reasoning for the lay off comes from a financial decision that has forced some restructuring to be made.
Alarming news for photojournalists, as Sport Illustrated was considered by many to be the pinnacle publication for sport photographers everywhere. While the layoff is shocking, Brad Smith told News Photographer magazine that "Our commitment to photography is as strong as ever, and we will continue to create the best original content possible." And while the photographers are no longer staffed by Sports Illustrated specifically, Smith has hinted towards them continuing the possibility of work with the magazine through freelance mediums.
With these photographers no longer employed by Sports Illustrated, let's take a look to look through their work with admiration.
For a full read on what Brad Smith has to say, check out the official announcement from NPPA.