Ten Magazines Accepting Photography and Art Submissions

Artspan photographer Katherine Minott recently had her beautiful photograph Naked Summer chosen for the cover of Sun Magazine. Inspired by her success, we’ve decided to put together a list of ten magazines that accept submissions of photography and art. See if you can find one that’s a fit for your work! If you have any recommendations for magazines to submit to, share in the comments.

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Five Questions for Kelly Burke

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An interview with abstract painter Kelly Burke

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Your work seems very personal and connected to your mood or your view of the world on a particular day. You strike an interesting balance between feelings and ideas…the vague and the specific, the soft and the harsh. Do you paint in response to specific events in your life or the world around you? Do you find that your mood changes while you paint…that the very act of exploring your state of mind changes your state of mind?

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Art on Film: Big Eyes

Tim Burton’s latest film Big Eyes tells a fairly simple story, but it asks a million questions. The heroine is Margaret Keane, the woman responsible for the big-eyed waif paintings that became fantastically successful in the 1960s. Success comes to her, as it does to many, through a series of happy accidents. An art show in the bathroom hallway of a nightclub attracts the attention of a drunken woman; Keane’s husband has a fight with the nightclub owner, which becomes the subject of gossip columnists. One thing leads to another, and at first just the right amount of right people like her art. Through another (willful) misunderstanding, Keane’s husband starts to take credit for her work.DANM9989

The money pours in, more and more people like the art, and now almost too many people, and all the wrong people for the art to be taken seriously any more. And still she paints, and her husband takes credit for her work. He’s charming and personable and understands money; he becomes very nearly a celebrity while Margaret remains in the shadows, painting all day. Movie stars and presidents commission portraits in the Keane style and Andy Warhol proclaims, “I think what Keane has done is just terrific. It has to be good. If it were bad, so many people wouldn’t like it.”

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Inspiration: Gordon Parks

In September 1956, Life Magazine published a Photo Essay called The Restraints: Open and Hidden. The photographs, by Gordon Parks, show the everyday comings and goings of an extended family in rural Alabama: A woman holding her great grandchild, children playing by a giant tree, an elderly couple posing for a portrait, people outside of stores or in their homes.

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These are civil rights-era photographs, and they’re like nothing I’ve ever seen. The images of this era that I’m familiar with, some of them taken by Parks himself, are black and white, and they’re full of drama and tension and import. They show great men and women doing great things. Park’s pictures for this photo essay are in color and they show ordinary people doing ordinary things. They’re glowingly beautiful, vibrantly pretty. They’re almost defiantly colorful. You can almost imagine a world in which “colored only” didn’t refer to a hateful and demeaning discriminatory practice but to the flowers on a little girl’s dress. I suppose it’s easier to understand a historical situation, to empathize with people that lived in another time and another place if we relate to them. Looking at these pictures we’re reminded of our grandparents, our parents, our children or ourselves as children.
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Words and Pictures

Words & Pictures

Text and images combine to form new meanings

It’s in our nature, as humans, to make connections. We connect words to make sentences and sentences to make stories. If you give us three random facts, we’ll combine them to make a new truth. Show us two pictures next to each other, and we’ll try to find a way to relate them. And we’ll string those images together to make a narrative, to give them meaning. Many artists use images and words in concert to create a twist in the connections viewers make, fortifying, deepening, and splintering them to create a world of new possibilities.

Stitchings is part of Peg Grady‘s Dear Diary series, “where I illustrate the day’s event in stitching. I love using text in my artwork as it slows people down and draws them in to see the piece. Embroidered samplers were used to teach girls how to read and write. Bringing them into the contemporary world makes me happy.” The stitchings are beautifully drawn, simple yet evocative, and the words form small poems, full of humor and reflection. You think about the time it took her to stitch each message, and you realize the importance of the image and of the moment that it captures.

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Inside the Box

Inside the Box

Ten Artspan artists construct and explore the use of boxes in a wide range of media and styles.

Boxes hold secrets. They might contain treasures or memories, mysteries or gifts. They might lie stacked in a dusty attic, filled with yellowing photographs and moth-eaten clothes, or be wrapped in bright paper and contain something precious. Pandora’s box, of course, held all of the miseries of the world, all of the lies, deceit, scolding, despair, accusation, envy, gossip, drudgery, scheming and old age. The very act of combining objects in the space of the box connects them and gives them new meaning together, as a collection. And boxes can be used to confine and limit, to define in a narrow tidy way, or to imprison. Ten Artspan artists construct and explore the use of boxes in a wide range of media and styles.

“Old basements and attics, dumpsters, and objects found while walking the dog, have always held a fascination for me.” Says Will Hubscher, and he combines these found objects with his unique printmaking process to create assemblages, many of which take the form of boxes overflowing with curiosities. “What is cast off by society, thrown out, and discarded, may still hold value in this world as it is repurposed and recycled into something new, something interesting, something now wanted and appreciated again by the world. I find that a bit of fence, some rusty nails, an old doll, twigs, broken chair legs, and bedazzling costume jewelry can all come together to become something new and interesting.

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Inspiration: Bill Traylor

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Born into slavery, Bill Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939 that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.

While Traylor received his first public exhibition in 1940, it wasn’t until the late 1970s, thirty years after his death, that his work finally began to receive broader attention.

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