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Online Magazines Are Energizing Photojournalism

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Last month, I was fortunate to receive a Certificate of Special Merit at the Human Rights Press Awards from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and Amnesty International in Hong Kong. I won the award based on the publication of images in a Black Star Rising piece on Chinese coal miners [2].

I share this with you to let you know that as the world of photojournalism changes, the story is not only one of doom and gloom. Yes, many print newspapers and magazines are slimming down or shuttering altogether. But new opportunities are arising, too.

And one of these opportunities is to publish your work in online magazines.

Passionate, Powerful Images

We no longer have the number of magazines that were available in the 1990s and earlier, but we do have a multitude of Web sites that display stunning, passionate and powerful images.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Even in China, where we hear many stories about the blockage of the Internet, you can look at a site like Beaugeste Photo Gallery [11] and see wonderful social documentary photography.

It may not be the same sensation as feeling the glossiness of the magazine pages or smelling the newsprint, but I sure get a kick out of sitting down in the morning with a cup of coffee and traveling the world by Internet to be assailed by passionate, fresh photography.

What are some of your favorite places to find photojournalism online?

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10 Comments To "Online Magazines Are Energizing Photojournalism"

#1 Comment By Tyler Wainright On May 18, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

My extent of viewing photojournalism online is surfing Nat Geo so thanks for the links - I'll be sure to check 'em out. Any good resources for other online magazines for us non-photojournalists? Thanks again.

#2 Comment By Thomas On May 18, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

Online photo magazines are a great chance for photographers to get recognized outside their countries.
We are working on an online magazine in Jakarta/Indonesia.
Any comments, critiques and advice are very much appreciated. Next we will have an iPad version ready. Again we see this as a great opportunity rather than missing the 'glossy paper version'.
Thanks for the great links!

#3 Comment By David On May 18, 2010 @ 6:43 pm


I'll spend an evening looking through these.


#4 Comment By Will Seberger On May 18, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

I largely agree, but who's paying the bills? Better, what's the model for sites like these to pay the bills?

Web magazines seem to be a great secondary market, but projects still generally need a paper-based publisher to foot the initial production costs.

#5 Comment By Thomas On May 19, 2010 @ 2:54 am

Which photography magazine deserves to be printed after all? The consumer magazines, the ones making money through advertising, are outdated with the next camera model hitting the market. Those magazines dedicated rather to photographs than technology don't earn much money, do they? So I guess neither the online version nor the printed version of photography magazines in the true meaning are able to support the other version or foot the initial production costs. It's rather this way or the other, you go print or online and you have to stand on your own feet. Initial and ongoing production cost of an online magazine are substantially lower though, and distribution by far greater/globally.

#6 Comment By Giacomo Cosua On May 27, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

Thanks a lot Michael to link here our magazine, we are really happy to know that you follow us!

Giacomo Cosua
Editor for Posi+tive Magazine

#7 Comment By thomas sabo schmuck On November 12, 2010 @ 6:09 am

Awww, ... gibt es den schonen Knaben! Die Liebe der blauen Glasur, auch.

#8 Comment By David Bathgate On February 17, 2011 @ 11:23 am

[12] should definitely make this list, too.

#9 Comment By Scott Webb | Nuwomb On March 27, 2011 @ 9:07 am

Great spin on a situation that has been so negatively covered in the photography industry. It's good for us to hear the positive news and outlooks instead of more troublesome roads ahead.

Of course, I can't look at this article and say that it's going to be easy. There is no chance in hell anything is easy when it comes to photography.

That said there is a pretty awesome new website that may have been covered here recently called Emphas.is

That site is like a kickstarter but for photographers and photojournalism projects to be funded. Magazines and publications can put in upto 50% of the funding to get the right to publish the photos first or something like that.

More and More opportunities are popping up.

#10 Comment By Tarun Kumar On July 17, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

Hi, Congratulations on winning the award. One of my favourites is Galli Magazine (www.galli.in)from India. It is limited to stories from India but is very well worth following.