A Magazine Match Made in Utah Heaven

Salt Lake magazine was launched not long after the Sundance Film Festival shifted to Park City.

People tend to forget that the Sundance Film Festival started out in Salt Lake City. Launched in 1978 as the Utah/U.S. Film Festival, the event transitioned to the hills of Park City in the mid-1980s.

A few years later, a Florida couple visited those hills and the rest, per a fun recap by KSL Broadcasting’s Chris Redgrave, turned out to be publishing history:

John and Margaret Shuff came during the Autumn Aloft hot air balloon festival, held during the 80s and early 90s in Park City. They enjoyed themselves so much that, no kidding, only a day and half later they bought a house [in Park City]. That was in September 1988 and by December they had moved in. This engaging Florida couple was in the publishing business with the well-known Florida magazine, Boca Raton, at the time they moved. Before that, John had spent years as the CFO of Capital Cities ABC in New York City.

Anyway, after they landed at the Salt Lake airport, John noticed we didn’t have a magazine depicting Salt Lake like he thought we should for this market. Today, the inspiration of John’s observation is clearly shown in the readership for Salt Lake Magazine, Utah Style and Design and Utah Bride.

Robert Redford has been on the cover of Salt Lake magazine many times. Above, left-to-right, are the 2016 and 2017 January/February issues (the publication is bi-monthly).

In the current cover story by associate editor Christie Marcy, there’s also a rather unique photo of Mr. Redford. That’s no small feat for a guy who is endlessly snapped, especially this time of year. We’ve embedded it below. Photography is often all about subject-composition and here everything comes together beautifully: angle, framing, mood.

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