Don’t Take Pictures is a photography magazine published in print twice-yearly (March, September), in addition to regular online articles. The title, Don’t Take Pictures, references the language of modern photography. Over the years, the term “taking pictures” has begun to be replaced with “making photographs.” The change signifies a distinction between the widespread use of cameras in the modern world and the more systematic, thoughtful process of creating photographic art. At Don’t Take Pictures, we strive to celebrate the creativity involved with the making of photographs.  

In addition to the magazine itself, Don't Take Pictures sells an exclusive edition run of an image by an artist featured in the magazine. Working with the artist, we select an image, which is then hand-printed by the artist, signed, numbered in an edition no higher than five, and priced below $200. Because we believe in helping emerging artists build their careers, the full amount of the sale goes to the artist. 

Don't Take Pictures was founded as a publication of The Kiernan Gallery and now functions independently to introduce art lovers, dog lovers, cat lovers, hipsters, oldsters, and collectors to artists who are on the move.




Roger Thompson
Senior Editor

Roger Thompson's critical writings have appeared in exhibition catalogues and he has written extensively on self-taught artists with features in Raw Vision and The Outsider. He currently resides in Long Island, New York and is a Professor at Stony Brook University.

Kat Kiernan

Kat Kiernan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don’t Take Pictures, as well as the Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, most recently in the book The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017). Kat received the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Rising Star Award in 2015 for her contributions to the photographic community. Her photographs have been exhibited across the United States, and Photoboite Agency named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat divides her time between Brooklyn, New York and Boston. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.


W.G. Beecher

W.G. Beecher contributes regularly to Don't Take Pictures, both as a writer and behind the scenes.


Sarah Sickles
News Editor

Sarah Sickles is a freelance writer, editor, and artist. She is also the founder of Pink Things Mag and news editor at Don't Take Pictures.

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Issue 10 Contributing Writers


John Foster is a contributor to Don't Take Pictures, and has written for Design Observer, Raw Vision, Folk Art Messenger, Found Magazine, and others. He is a collector of outsider art and vintage photography.

Diana H. Bloomfield, a native North Carolinian, is a photographer, independent curator, and writer. She currently lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Melissa Breyer is the managing editor of and a NYC-based photographer whose work has been featured by The New York Times and National Geographic. Her upcoming photo book will be published by Peanut Press in 2018/2019.

Alexander Castro is a writer based in Massachusetts. His arts journalism and criticism regularly appear in Big, Red & Shiny, Mercury, and GLASS Quarterly.

David Rosenberg is a freelance writer, producer and curator. He covers subjects ranging from photography to professional tennis.

Kevin Clouther is the author of We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories. He lives with his wife and two children in New York, where he is Associate Director of the Writing Program at Stony Brook University.

Mark Alice Durant is an artist, performer, writer, and critic. He is the founder of Saint Lucy and the author of 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History of Photography.