Why is it that so many magazines in which photographs matter so much have come to rely on images without any depth of field whatsoever? The offenders include Saveur, Gourmet, Audubon and the New York Times Magazine. The effect is infuriating: the nostrils of the marine iguana are in focus but its eyes, crest, back and tail are hopelessly blurred, as are neighboring crabs and the landscape. Even so hopelessly old-fashioned a publication as the NYT Magazine has featured photo essays so utterly devoid of information that one wants to spank Joe Lelyveld and send him back to Johannesberg. The effect becomes quite laughable when one or two outdoors shots on the page have been shot with true depth of field while the studio close-ups (see the piece on Asian pears in the recent Gourmet) are goofy and out of focus.