It’s a sad day for the photo industry. Imaging Resource, one of the most respected and uncompromising camera review websites in the world, is shutting down. The news became official earlier today when founder Dave Etchells sent an email to some of his friends and colleagues in the industry.

DPReview broke the news in a touching editorial piece written by Senior Editor Barney Britton, who has known and worked in friendly competition against (and often collaborated with) Dave and the team at IR for over a decade.

“The photo industry is, by and large, a friendly and close-knit community. A community of nerds, sure. And not a few misfits, but bonded together over a common interest in photography and technology,” writes Barney. “As king of the nerds (and I know he would have no problem with me saying that) Dave has been a central, and literally towering figure for 20 years.”

We couldn’t agree more. I, too, have had the pleasure of meeting Dave on several occasions and even working with him while on the PR side. He was, and continues to be, one of the kindest people in our industry and one of its most knowledgeable and diligent editors. We wish him all the best, and have good reason to hope that we’ve not seen the last of Dave or the rest of the talented team at IR.

According to DPReview, the Imaging Resource website will remain available through “at least Spring next year,” but all content production will likely come to a close by the end of 2019.