Sports Illustrated is laying off all six of its staff photographers as it restructures its photography department.
Scott Novak, a spokesman for parent company Time Inc., says that the magazine will be able to expand its contributor base worldwide by relying on freelance photographers.
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Novak said Friday that the decision to move away from staff photography is not unprecedented at the magazine.
Sports Illustrated was founded in 1954 and has a weekly audience of more than 19 million.
Time, based in New York, also publishes Travel + Leisure, Fortune, People and Southern Living.