Top 10 Independent Photography Publications You Need To Follow
Let’s take a deep dive into our beloved independent photography publications that we want you to subscribe to.
Instagram serves more than just a cacophony of freeze frames, it’s a platform for inspiration. From the millions of users one might sift through and follow, there are even more millions of photographs being shared on the site every single day. An effervescent field of ultra curated activity to peak one’s curiosity. Besides the many personal, influencer, and brand accounts we so adore — there’s an entire other sector of the third art form: photography. Let’s take a deep dive into our beloved independent photography publications that we want you to subscribe to.
1. Your Local Newsstand
Your Local Newsstand was founded by Huda Azzis, a broadcast editor working in documentary, fiction, and online content. In late 2017, she founded Your Local Newsstand to provide local photographers with a platform for stories to be told through zines. To this day, Your Local Newsstand has expanded to producing and publishing zines for local and international artists. On occasion, she also takes photos of some of the zines. She believes that even in this digital world, prints are not dead.
2. The Photographic Journal
When the editors created The Photographic Journal (TPJ) in 2013, they had three purposes: To serve as a platform where photographers of all levels could explore the medium they love, to publish boundary-pushing images that would make people feel more connected on a human level, and to help the creative community better serve each other as mutual sources of inspiration. Since TPJ has been a home field for the culturally inclined and the serious amateur, the most talented emerging artists, and — lucky us — our idols. TPJ hopes to start conversations that reflect our curiosity about photography and push the art in new directions.
3. The Field Mag
Field Mag was founded by a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, longtime design writer, and published photographer Graham Hiemstra alongside an established developer and designer Chris Stillitano in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Their little corner of the internet is operated by a skeleton crew of dedicated media types and contributed to by an expanding list of award-winning photojournalists, professional athletes, and many more writers, photographers, and other buzzword types from more than 11 different countries around the globe.
They make content for people like Moment and Field Mag editors — for fellow aesthetics-driven, uncompromising city dwellers who live for weekend adventures and the next big trip. We hike, ride bikes, ski, and snowboard. We brown bag beers in the park between bouldering sessions and on the beach when the waves are crap (and don’t worry, we always recycle). We’re nature-loving, multi-hyphenate men and women making content for all the other weekend warriors out there looking to get inspired for their next holiday, to learn about raddest new gear, or to find a visual escape that pairs perfectly with that second mid-morning coffee.
We love our friends over at Field Mag; you guys rock.
4. Noice Magazine
NOICE is a photography/art magazine for all artists with a meticulous eye for humor, beauty, and curiosity. A keen eye for pattern, light, color, humor, and allegory are the critical ingredients in what they publish. NOICE, embodying all things arts and culture, also represent familiar voices through informative news, opinion, and political essays. Through visual or written mediums, the work they publish strives to unite the arts, not divide them.
5. Archive Collective
The Archive Collective is an online and print platform promoting the talents of a global creative community. Each issue brings together a curated collection of visual projects that speaks to a standard, overarching theme. The platform works collaboratively and is always open to new contributions and creative inputs. Feel free to pitch them your ideas as one-time feature submissions or ongoing projects that span over several issues.
6. Kinfolk Magazine
Delving deeply into home, work, style, and culture, Kinfolk promotes quality of life and connects a global community of creative professionals from London to Tokyo. Since 2011, Kinfolk has become a leading lifestyle authority with a dynamic mix of print and online media, including a quarterly magazine sold in over 100 countries in four languages, daily posts on Kinfolk.com, bestselling books, plus international events and a gallery space in the heart of Copenhagen.
7. Cereal Magazine
Driven through simplicity and excruciatingly beautiful photography, Cereal is a biannual travel & style magazine based in the United Kingdom. Each issue focuses on a select number of destinations alongside engaging interviews and stories on unique design, art, and fashion.
8. YET Magazine
YET magazine is a Swiss photography publication devoted to contemporary international photography. They aim to feature several different photography styles without any restriction in the genre, medium, or theme. They showcase both emerging and well-known international photographers – their work is characterized by the quality of the submitted project, from its concept to the shoot, up to the final editing. Since it has been produced and managed by people operating in the photographic sector, YET wants to show “the image” from other perspectives, starting from photography.
The whole working process in YET magazine is based on the firm conviction that a photographer’s work must be shown as it is: for this reason, all the photographic projects are published without any graphic or text insertions, not cut down, and free from any form of further editing. Each selection is curated in collaboration with the guest artist.
9. Daylight Books
Daylight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world at large.
10. Collective Quarterly
The Collective Quarterly journeys to one place per issue. When we travel, we’re trying to discover the essence of a region during a moment in time. But what happens when there are stories that demand to be told but don't fit inside a specific print issue? Stories about uncommon people, places, and things from around the world?
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