SuperMassiveBlackHole Issue 5
The first online photography magazine I want to share with you is SuperMassiveBlackHole Magazine. They say its “Ireland’s first international online photography magazine.” Its published 3 times a year and is available to download for free as PDF, both for screen and for print. Each issue has a theme, for example the current issue no5 is Intimacy. The contributing photographers are from all over the world but there is always a good representation of Irish photographers. Each photographer has a small sample of their work published, but it is enough to get a feel for their work and if you want to see more you can follow the link to their website. Each issue chooses one photographer and project for a more in depth look in ‘Focus’ and ‘Project’, and ‘Talk’ contains articles, interviews & reviews on current or recent exhibitions.
I like the wide range of work showcased in SuperMassiveBlackHole, from analog to digital, found photographs to video art, portraits to highly conceptual work. And during the summer they even moved out into the ‘offline’ world, when they exhibited the work of five photographers in the New Living Art Exhibition 2010 at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art.
SuperMassiveBlackHole advertises for submissions for each upcoming magazine, so look out for that if you want to be involved. In the meantime all the past issues of the magazine are available in the archives and you can follow all their latest news on their blog.
Untitled by risa-i on Flickr
Following my last post about Foam Magazine, I started to think about all the other great online photography magazines I read. To be honest blogs and online magazines are my main source of photography inspiration. I love photography books and print magazines but they can get very expensive and you are often limited to what is sold in your local bookshop. Online magazines on the other hand are free & they allow you to discover the work of emerging photographers who might not otherwise be published, they’re extremely accessible and defy the usual geographical barriers.
I’m not one of these people who believe that online publishing will be the death of print. I believe there’s a place for both. They both provide different things. Online media can’t compete with the experience of holding a book in your hands or seeing a photo in print. You may have seen European Photography’s survey of 43 International Photography Magazines. I thought it was interesting that they included both traditional printed journals as well as online magazines and photography blogs.
Anyway all of this was a very long way of introducing the fact that I’m planning on sharing a few of my favourite online magazines over the next few weeks. Do you have a favourite magazine, online or printed? Do you prefer to read online magazines, blogs or printed journals for your photo inspiration? I’d be delighted if you could join me by sharing your favourites in the comments below.