Recently, I’ve read with interest a couple of lists that have emerged about the best photography blogs out there. It seems we’re all blogging now and it’s hard to find ones that consistently deliver great content. It’s a tough job. Blogging takes a lot of effort in both time and resources which makes it impressive when material is regularly updated, especially from individuals working alone.
So, I decided to spread some photographic love/respect/links and point you in the direction of what I believe are ‘Probably the Best Photography Blogs in the World’ – please insert tongue in cheek here.
In absolutely no discernible order, and without any official criteria, these are my favourite photo-related blogs that I visit on a pretty regular basis. Why do I visit them? Because they consistently deliver useful, fun, stimulating and interesteing information that enriches my life.
1. Burn – Curated by Magnum and National Geographic Photographer, David Alan Harvey, Burn is one of the best of the best. Showcasing new photo essays every few days, it introduces readers to an eclectic mix of photography. Comments regularly run into the 1000’s and are often insightful, entertaining and emotional.
2. Duckrabbit – I love Duckrabbit’s tagline, “We produce beautifully crafted multimedia”. They do exactly what they say on the tin and also throw in a daily updated blog full of witty and sometimes acerbic viewpoints and comments on the world of photography and multimedia. This UK based team’s fresh approach pulls no punches.
3. A Photo Editor – A stalwart of the blogging scene for some time now, Rob Haggart, former Director of Photography for Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine, offers readers a glimpse into the inner workings of magazines and gets you inside the minds of today’s photo/picture editors. An essential read for aspiring photographers.
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4. Photojournalism Links – Finnish photographer Mikko Takkunen has created his own form of blogging resource by using ‘the link’ as his content. He trawls the web for the best of photography and photojournalism and puts all the links in one convenient place, so you don’t have to do anything but click. Hats off to this man.
5. Lens – Showcasing the finest of photography from it’s own photographers and the work of many other freelancers, agency photographers and wire photographers around the world, Lens delivers quality photography day in, day out. Its sleek slideshow format means pictures effortlessly glide in front of you. No page reloading. Just a stream of great pictures.
6. Classroom 1416 – Hosted by Ren Yue, photojournalism lecturer at Beijing’s Renmin University and recipient of the 2008 Howard Chapnick Grant for the advancement of photojournalism. She is at the forefront of showcasing new Chinese talent in photography. She also promotes international photography to her Chinese audience, creating an essential dialogue between east and west. Her blog is in Chinese but don’t let that deter you. That’s what they invented Google Translate for.
7. DSLR News Shooter – If I ever need a tech-fix, I head to this website. Headed by the likeable Guardian staff photographer, Dan Chung, this blog will teach you about every piece of kit you will ever need to know about. You will discover new pieces of equipment that you have never heard of and never knew existed. Videos then show you exactly how pros are using all this technology to make stunning stills and video around the world.
8. National Geographic Blog Central – Well, National Geographic needs no introduction whatsoever. Their blog is updated daily with articles, dispatches and photos that are all of the level that you would expect from this renowned organisation.
9. Telephoto – The photography blog of the UK Telegraph newspaper, ‘telephotography’ offers readers a good insight into the happenings in the gallery world of photography. Keep track of exhibitions, talks and speaking events through their news and events section which contains an impressive up-to-date list of events.
10. ________ – The last spot is all yours. I’d like YOU to fill in this last one. Are there any other vital photo blogs that I’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments below.