Thanks for your kind words and for being such a longtime reader.
Current photo sizes in Keyboard are the result of design decisions made for the most recent redesign, which began with the December 2011 issue. The executive level of the parent company participated in these meetings and felt that larger, higher-res photos would give the magazine a slicker and more commercial appearance.
If anything, we have too much written content for the available pages each month. No reason why the photo approach can't be tweaked, certainly. FYI, there's a tug-of-war that's very typical of magazines in all areas of interests. Graphic designers and management types tend to want less text on the page, whereas editors are usually pulling for more. Both sides have legitimate reasons for their views.
I often look over back issues from, say, the early '80s, and find myself wanting more information to be conveyed graphically, with sidebars and bullet points, etc. Pictures were tiny back then and the sea of black-and-white text almost felt like "The New Yorker." We probably could stand to look for a happy medium between that and what we have now.
Thanks for your comments. You're not the first reader to make this observation, and we'll consider it carefully. Best regards,
"I'm just a confused musician who got sidetracked into this damned word business..." -Hunter S. Thompson
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Editor at Large, Keyboard Magazine