I´m addicted to photography as much as chocolate — and let me tell you that´s a serious addiction. But keeping up-to-date with the hottest photographers, trends, technological advances, contests, museum openings, etc… is nearly impossible.
With the advancement of technology, a new world has opened up to the amateur photographer. Smartphones have allowed everyone to participate in this new visual world by communicating via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and youtube.com. Young photographers can master their skills on the internet by watching videos DPS, Strobist, photo.net or taking online classes with CreativeLive. They can sell images to stock agencies, microstock sites and local papers and magazines.
We are all immersed in this visual world that bombards us every day with images in advertising and commercials. They are impactful and staying abreast to the most current advances is becoming harder and harder with the infiltration of information. So here is a list of places to keep you up-to-date and informed of the greatest in photography.
All descriptions come from their corresponding site.
- AmericanPhoto: American Photo is essential for everyone who is passionately interested in the art, craft, and culture of photography at its highest level. We showcase inspiring imagery, tell the stories behind the photos, and identify the trends, people, and tools that photography enthusiasts must know about now.
- Aperture Foundation: Aperture, a not-for-profit foundation, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. From our base in New York, we produce, publish, and present a program of photography projects, locally and internationally.
- A Photo Editor: A Photo Editor (APE) is edited by Rob Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine. Contributors include fine art photographer Jonathan Blaustein (@jblauphoto), Creative Director Heidi Volpe, photography consultant Suzanne Sease and Production Director Jess Dudley of Wonderful Machine.
- ArtNews: Welcome to artnet News, the world’s first dedicated 24-hour global art market newswire. Our mission is to inform, engage, and connect you—the most avid members of the art community—with daily art world news and expert commentary. We have assembled a team of trusted, experienced reporters and editors in Europe, Asia, and North America.
- BagNews Notes: BagNews analyzes and reports news and media images. In an ever more visual society, BagNews seeks to better understand the levels of meaning, the underlying story lines and the various agendas reflected in the more prominent news pictures of the day. We also publish and provide a careful look at original photojournalism and concerned photography.
- Blink Magazine: Blink Magazine features the latest exhibitions and artists in the international spotlight. BLINK is an independent and non-profit, distinctive photography magazine (printed magazine), published monthly. It is not just a typical magazine. It is more like monthly art book project. The magazine serves as exhibition space that embraces every aspect of photography: from documentary to fashion, from contemporary to historical, from world-famous photographers to young talent. BLINK features the latest exhibitions and artists in the international contemporary photography spotlight by a straightforward layout, high quality offset printing, no advertising, in-depth interviews with artists in English. Our audiences predominantly consists of creative professionals: artists including photographers, designers, photo editors, art buyers, art directors, photo reps and curators.
- Boston Globe´s The Big Picture: The Big Picture is a photo blog produced by a select group of picture editors of The Boston Globe and it is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery, with a focus on current events.
- British Photographic History: Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history ranging from exhibitions and museum news, publications, and jobs.
- Burn: Burn is an evolving journal for emerging photographers. burn is curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.
- CNN Photo Blog: From the international media — CNN, CNN Photo Blog tells powerful, inspiring stories through photography and offers a behind-the-scenes look at emerging and established photographers.
- Chase Jarvis Blog: Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and fine artist with a consistent ambition to break down the barriers between new- and traditional media, fine- and commercial art. As a photographic master, Chase has won numerous awards from Prix de la Photographie de Paris, The Advertising Photographers of America, The International Photography Awards, and numerous photographic trade magazine throughout the world. He is a widely sought after presenter and has been a Keynote speaker on 5 continents. His invites include those ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to top universities, to the prestigious TEDx conferences held worldwide. He is an “accidental” social media maven with millions of subscribers, fans, and followers. He is also an entrepreneur–having recently started one of the world’s fastest growing online education companies, creativeLIVE.com.
- Conscientious Photography Magazine: A website dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography. It offers profiles of photographers, in-depth interviews, photobook reviews, and general articles about photography and related issues. Founder and editor Jörg M. Colberg began publishing Conscientious in 2002. American Photo included Colberg in their list of “Photography Innovators of 2006,” writing “a new generation of thought leaders has emerged to give photographers and photography fans new avenues of information.”
- Fans in a Flashbulb: Images from the collection of the International Center of Photography (ICP).
- Feature Shoot: Feature Shoot showcases the work of international emerging and established photographers who are transforming the medium through compelling, cutting-edge projects. With contributing writers from all over the world and a wide range of interests, we feature contemporary work in all genres of photography: fine art, documentary, portrait, still life, landscape and more. We believe that photography is a powerful mode of storytelling, and try to share works that have a strong narrative vision. Started in 2008 by Alison Zavos, Feature Shoot has now amassed an archive of over 3,000 posts of exceptional photography from around the globe. In addition to running daily posts about new and ongoing photographic series, we also run exclusive interviews with artists, themed group shows and reviews of current exhibitions. We have a strong sense of professional integrity, and contact each photographer before publishing our features to ensure that our content aligns with their artistic vision. Aside from the daily blog, Feature Shoot stays active in the creative community through social media. We invite photographers to take over our Instagram feed, every 3 days showing another glimpse of the world from the center of Manhattan to the wooded lakes of Norway. On Tumblr, we share fascinating photographic works from the vast Feature Shoot archives and around the web as curated by Berlin-based photographer Beto Ruiz Alonso.–The desk of Alison Zavos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
- Flak Photo: FlakPhoto is an online photography channel that presents the work of artists, curators, bookmakers and photo organizations to a global audience of people who are passionate about visual culture. The site’s main feature is The Collection, a digital archive of contemporary photographs which is updated five times weekly.
- FotoVisura: FotoVisura is an international self-publishing community and resource for art and documentary photography. FotoVisura.com is a tool for student, alumni and emerging photographers. This project is a self-publishing platform focused on creating opportunities to connect photographers with hiring professionals in the industry.
- Fraction Magazine: Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography and brings together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe. Fraction is published on a monthly basis, and has shown portfolios from more than 300 photographers.
- George Eastman Kodak Blog: The museum’s massive 19th-century French and American photograph holdings rival and surpass such other great collections as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Their significant twentieth-century holdings also rival the above institutions in depth and number.
- Guardian: The Guardian has a long history of editorial and political independence.
- ICP: The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. Since our founding, we have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image within our comprehensive educational facilities and archive.
- Independent Photo Book Blog: The Independent Photo Book announces independently published and/or produced photography books or zines, which are not available via Amazon or other standard outlets. Founded by Hester Keijser and Jörg Colberg, the blog’s editor is Hester Keijser.
- LensCulture: For almost 10 years, LensCulture has become one of the most authoritative resources for contemporary photography. We have been committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. We look for exciting work from every continent, and from diverse points of view: documentary, fine art, nature, photojournalism, activism, street photography, sports, fashion, poetic, personal, abstract and human. LensCulture International Exposure Awards, now in their fifth year, are granted yearly to discover, reward, and promote talented, new, emerging and established photographers and multimedia creators from around the world. This Fall, we are launching an expanded LensCulture Network to actively connect photographers, artists, galleries, publishers, schools, agencies, media, festivals, critics, curators, collectors, editors, students — anyone and everyone involved in contemporary photography. This new platform will enable photographers and arts professionals from around the world to engage with each other, and with the public, to share their own passions, insights and discoveries. We hope you will become an active participant in the LensCulture community!
- LensScratch: LENSCRATCH is a daily journal that explores contemporary photography and offers opportunities for exposure and community. Created in 2007, Aline Smithson set a goal of writing about a different photographer each day, presenting work in a way that allows for a deeper understanding of a photographer’s intent and vision. Since its inception, LENSCRATCH has featured the work of thousands of photographers and has provided a platform to launch numerous portfolios. LENSCRATCH has been a media partner to numerous photography festivals and organizations such as CENTER, Filter Photo Festival, Medium Photo Festival, and the Canteen Magazine online partner for the Naked Judging Competition.
- Life: Unforgettable pictures from the best photographers who photographed for Life Magazine from the 40´s until its demise in the 1970´s.
- Little Brown Mushroom: Established in 2008 by Alec Soth, Little Brown Mushroom (LBM) is a small publishing house located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Working closely with photographers, writers and designers, LBM is committed to experimenting with new ways of creating and distributing visual stories. Soth photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth’s work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.
- Magnum Photos: Magnum Photos is a photographic co-operative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer-members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities. Through its four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo, and a network of fifteen sub-agents, Magnum Photos provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries and museums across the world.
- Mrs. Dean: Based in The Hague, Hester Keijser, founder of Stead Bureau, is a freelance curator and author specialized in contemporary photography with a focus on the Middle East. She frequently collaborates with other international organisations in the field of photography on exhibitions, presentations, lectures, workshops and portfolio reviews, and serves as jury member for various awards and festivals. Together with Joerg Colberg, Hester manages The Independent Photo Book blog, a free distribution tool directly connecting makers and collectors of limited edition photo books. In partnership with LhGWR, she organizes and leads the Book Case Study, a lecture and workshop program on the making and publishing of photo books. In the past four years, she developed exhibitions for The Empty Quarter gallery in Dubai, and went on to become the creative director of East Wing, a new platform for photography based in Qatar. She set up Stead Bureau, in 2014 to explore and rethink new publishing and presentation models for photography, cross-linking its offline and online manifestations and audiences. Stead Bureau maintains a strong commitment to emerging photographic practises from the Middle East.
- National Geo PROOF: Proof is National Geographic’s new online photography experience. It was launched to engage ongoing conversations about photography, art, and journalism. In addition to featuring selections from the magazine and other publications, books, and galleries, this site will offer new avenues for our audience to get a behind-the-scenes look at the National Geographic storytelling process. We view this as a work in progress and welcome feedback as the site evolves.
- New Yorker´s Photo Booth: The New Yorker is a weekly magazine offering a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, popular culture and the arts, science and technology, and business, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons.
- New York Times Lens: Lens is the photography blog of The New York Times, presenting the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies; in print, in books, in galleries, in museums and on the Web. —The photo editors at The New York Times
- No Caption Needed is a book and a blog, each dedicated to discussion of the role that photojournalism and other visual practices play in a vital democratic society.
- NPR The Picture Show: Photo Stories from National Public Radio (NPR).
- PhotoBook: Douglas Stockdale is a photographer and book artist who enjoys creating as well as collecting photobooks. The photobooks that are of interest to him are contemporary investigations that cover a broad range of photographic projects, themes and subjects. He may from time to time provide news about photographic book publishing and photobook events as well as feathering a particular photobook design. He is also a contributor for Emaho e-magazine as their specialist on America photobooks; photographers who are from America, photographers now living in America or the subject of the photobook is some aspect of America.
- PDN Pulse: Photo District News (PDN), the award-winning monthly magazine for the professional photographer, has been covering the professional photographic industry for over two decades. PDN delivers the information photographers need to survive in a competitive business—from marketing and business advice to legal issues, photographic techniques, new technologies, and more. PDNOnline covers breaking news stories and delivers in-depth features on the photo industry, including interviews and profiles, reports on new products both analog and digital, and information on useful sources for professional photographers. PDNOnline’s photo essays and galleries explore the work of photography’s masters and today’s emerging talent. The PDN family of websites—including Photoserve, Photosource and PDN Edu—is an unparalleled source of information and inspiration for professional photographers, photo buyers, visual creatives, photo students and their instructors. – PDN
- Photograph Magazine: In print and online, photograph magazine is your #1 source for photo-based photography exhibitions, events, news, reviews, profiles and resources.
- Photopreneur: Photopreneur exists to identify the new opportunities that these changes are churning up for professionals, hobbyists and for camera-owners who want to earn from their photography. Those opportunities might take the form of new buyers, such as website designers and bloggers. They might be new marketing methods such as microstock sites or Flickr streams.
- PopPhoto News: What’s happening now in the world of photography. If you would like to see your work featured as our Photo of the Day submit to our Flickr group.
- Pro Photo Daily is a daily email that provides professional and serious photography enthusiasts with a source of valuable trade and creative information. PPD features inspirational work from many international artists as well as the American Photography community of photographers and combines insightful news and opinion, aggregated from across the media landscape, with artist profiles and service features edited by David Schonauer.
- Pro Photo Daily Dispatches from Latin America: It is a section in Pro Photo Daily dedicated to providing coverage of creative and interesting photographers and visual arts events in Latin America edited by David Schonauer.
- Reuter´s Photographer´s Blog Thomson Reuters is the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, providing investing news, world news, business news, technology news, headline news, small business news, news alerts, personal finance, stock market, and mutual funds information available on Reuters.com, video, mobile, and interactive television platforms.
- Seattle Times Picture This: Seattle Times photographers offer a glimpse into what inspires their best visual reporting.
- Self Publish, Be Happy: Self Publish, Be Happy is an organisation founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010 with the aim of celebrating, studying and promoting self-published photo books through events (such as exhibitions, displays and talks), publications and online exposure. Self Publish, Be Happy also organises workshops that help artists and photographers make and publish their own books. SPBH Blog features daily photography by mostly emerging artists.
- Smithsonian: Connecting you to America’s past with a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Smithsonian’s history, treasures, and the challenges that Archives face preserving collections.
- Strobist: Strobist is the world’s most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro. Lighting newb? We gotcha covered.
- Telegraph: The latest photography news, reviews and interviews from The Telegraph.
- Time Light Box: For decades, TIME Magazine has been a showcase for the world’s best photojournalism, bearing witness to the most notable moments of history — the triumphs and the tragedies — of the past 90 years. LightBox, a blog created and curated by TIME’s photo department, proudly furthers this tradition, exploring how photography, video and visual culture help to shape and define the modern world. Launched in 2011, LightBox provides a window into the process of how great photographs are made, and is a means of drawing attention to inspiring projects and groundbreaking work by established masters and new pioneers. LightBox immerses viewers in the visual side of the news while celebrating photographers who push boundaries across myriad subjects, themes and locations. Beyond photo essays, our regular features include the backstory from photo shoots, firsthand accounts from photographers in the field, profiles of legendary imagemakers, news on noteworthy exhibitions and books, and exclusive looks at work in progress. And we’re continuing to add to our regular features, including The Best Pictures of the Week (every Friday), The Images That Moved Them Most, the bi-weekly Photojournalism Links (curated by associate photo editor Mikko Takkunen), the monthly Guide to Photography Beyond the Web, and, at the end of the year, 365: A Year in Photographs. —The photo editors at TIME
- Travel Photographer: Posts photographs and videos from various international travel, editorial and documentary photographers.
- Verve Photo: Photographer and photo editor Geoffrey Hiller has created Verve Photo to feature photographs and interviews by the finest contemporary image makers today. Verve Photo is a reminder of the power of the still image. Verve Photo will also point you to new photo agencies, publications, and inspiring multimedia projects.
- Wall Street Journal: The WSJ Photo Journal is produced by the photo editors of The Wall Street Journal. From our commissioned projects to world news stories and national coverage, Photo Journal shares the best of photography.
- Women in Photography: Launched in June 2008, Women in Photography is an innovative website founded by artists Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips, which features the work of international female artists. WIP is an internet-based project that exhibits work outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world, allowing it to reach a global audience. Mixing emerging photographers with artists that have achieved high levels of success, the project is a resource for photographers, editors, curators, gallerists, and viewers alike to discover and enjoy the work of female artists. WIP presents a solo exhibition monthly. WIP just celebrated its fifth anniversary as well as its 62nd exhibition. WIP has been fortunate enough to work with Aperture Foundation, LACMA, MoCP, Lesile Tonkonow, Lightwork, and to participate in Young Curators, New Ideas II at P.P.O.W Gallery, among many other collaborations.
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— Lori Needleman