Sports Illustrated this week laid off the magazine’s six staff photographers, News Photographer magazine reported on Friday.

“It’s true,” Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith told the magazine. “There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers.”

Here’s who SI reportedly lost in the layoffs, according to the report:

John W. McDonough
Al Tielemans
Bill Frakes
David E. Klutho
Robert Beck (D.C. sports fans might know Beck’s work from this.)
Simon Bruty (Who shot this.)

“In my grandest thoughts I hope they will continue to contribute to the magazine,” Smith told News Photographer. “I can’t imagine a world where they don’t. We just have to figure out what this new structure is.”


Sports Illustrated — which is owned by Time Inc. — plans to “re-evaluate what’s best for the magazine, not just financially but also content-wise,” Smith said.

“Our commitment to photography is as strong as ever, and we will continue to create the best original content possible,” he told the magazine.

As Poynter notes, this isn’t the first time a photography staff has faced such dramatic cuts. The Chicago Sun-Times laid off its full-time photo staff in 2013.

A spokesman for Time Inc. did not immediately return an email from The Post on Friday afternoon. News Photographer is the magazine for the National Press Photographers Association.