Eight Photography Magazines to Ignite Inspiration

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Most of us enjoy browsing the optical playgrounds of Instagram and Pinterest, where we might stumble upon some creative fodder from time-to-time. But there is something special about the palpable power of the paper form to focus and calm us. A great photography magazine can be a catalyst for synthesising a chain reaction of inspiration, thought, and creativity.

Words by Kate Daly

In no particular order, these are eight of the best printed photography magazines that are worthy of your perusal. (Preferably from a comfy chair, with a warm beverage in hand).

YET Magazine

YET

Still yet to read Yet? This lesser-known gem is a Swiss photography magazine dedicated to inspiring its audience through contemporary, global photography. Exploring new genres and often examining profundity in meaning, the triannual publication is a favourite of ours for spearheading inspiration and innovation.

WHAT WE LOVE

With freedom at the core of its philosophy, Yet refuses to place suffocating constraints on its content in terms of genre, medium, or theme. Hurrah for those with the intention of embracing limitless, creative invention.

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Foam

Foam is an international, modern photography magazine published thrice yearly; each issue is thematic. Providing a platform for a diverse range of photography, from documented stories, to fashion, this magazine features critically acclaimed image-makers’ work and prides itself on its ability to create inspiration by scouting, showcasing and championing emerging talent.

WHAT WE LOVE

Each issue of Foam is printed on carefully considered paper, creating an immaculate reproduction of the image-makers’ work: paper inspiration in its finest form.

“Photography is our best tool for documentation…photographs that we make today will live forever. We are historians.”

Photo by Gilleam Trapenberg, published in Paper Journal. Photo by Gilleam Trapenberg, published in Paper Journal.
Photo by KangHee Kim, published in Paper Journal. Photo by KangHee Kim, published in Paper Journal.

Paper Journal

Paper Journal was launched in 2013 and showcases photography, fashion, and culture. This growing photography magazine has experienced swift success with its coverage of photo-based art, features, interviews, studio visits, and photobook reviews. 2018 saw Paper Journal create a discernible offline presence, with its first ever print issue, which was cleverly presented as a ‘who’s who’ of noteworthy, emerging photographers. Since then, Paper Journal’s inaugural, paper edition has been nominated for a Lucie Foundation Award as ‘Photography Magazine of the Year’.

WHAT WE LOVE

Despite its recent success, Paper Journal remains humble – operating independently with a team of volunteers who bring inspiration to the masses. The publication continues to support and advocate for new and emerging talent.

Aint-Bad

Established in 2011, Aint-Bad may be a lesser-known modern photography magazine, but is no less worthy of your attention. An independent publisher of new photographic art, this publication is passionate about contemporary photography and aims to spark compelling conversation on the human condition through striking imagery. Aint-Bad supports a forward-thinking collective of global artists with its online web features, periodicals, exhibitions, and monographs.

WHAT WE LOVE

Aint-Bad offers inspiration through its manifesto, which reminds us that: photography is our best tool for documentation…photographs that we make today will live forever. We are historians’.

“The publication is currently collaborating with Standard Vision in LA where submissions have the chance of being published on a billboard seen by 20,000 people per day.”

Noice Magazine

Noice

Noice, an up-and-coming photography magazine, has been breathing new life into the photography world. Published throughout the USA, in Tokyo and Melbourne, Noice strives to unite the arts, not divide them. Described as ‘the future of art’ by journalist Leonardo Calcagno, Noice publishes submissions with a keen eye for humour, beauty and curiosity.

WHAT WE LOVE

Noice is serious in its quest to represent everyday voices through informative news, opinion and political essays; the publication is currently collaborating with Standard Vision in LA where submissions have the chance of being published on a billboard seen by 20,000 people per day.

Aperture

An undisputed giant in the photography world, Aperture is a multi-platform publisher that has both championed photography as an art form and shaped the culture of the popular photography magazine. Established in 1952, Aperture is one of the most respected and dominant voices in the field, but also retains a sense of humility by supporting new and emerging talent as well as established image-making experts and writers. Each quarterly issue combines thought-provoking writing with a selection of cutting-edge photography

WHAT WE LOVE

In spite of its prominence and prowess, Aperture is proud of its aim to ‘just make people think’, and not to make them think in a certain way. Here’s to creative freedom and unbridled inspiration.

“Hurrah for those with the intention of embracing limitless, creative invention.”

British Journal of Photography (BJP)

Despite being the world’s longest-established photography magazine (since 1854), British Journal of Photography has not missed its chance to evolve. Nowadays, BJP offers its readership a slice of contemporary photography and is at the forefront of editorial and commercial practices, as well as continuing its stalwart coverage of portrait, journey and community.

WHAT WE LOVE

BJP continues to offer opportunity to the masses, such as ‘Portraits of Humanity’, an event and competition which affords photographers a chance to share images of everyday life from around the globe, with the globe: inclusive inspiration for all.

Photograph

Published bi-monthly, Photograph is a highly-respected, modern photography magazine. Founded in 1988, this publication serves as a fervent advocate for photo-based art and boasts a readership of over 17,000. Photograph offers tangible inspiration through its focus on exhibitions, individuals, resources and general happenings in the photography community.

WHAT WE LOVE

Curators, dealers, educators and general-seekers-of-photographic-creativity alike can carefully plan for their next hit of in-person inspiration by consulting the goings-on section of Photograph’s website.

Photo by Gregory Halpern, published in Paper Journal.
Photo by KangHee Kim, published in Paper Journal. Photo by Matthew Connors, published in Paper Journal.

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Kate Daly

Kate Daly is an Adelaide-based writer, teacher, photography enthusiast and perfectly-sane cat lady. Passionate about writing, travel and the environment, Kate loves to beautify old furniture and is also an accidental basketball mum.

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