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.  




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.


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Issue 12 Contributing Writers


Alan Burdick is a former staff writer for The New Yorker and a frequent contributor to its science-and-tech blog. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, GQ, and Discover, among other publications. His book Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Overseas Press Club Award for environmental reporting.

Rachel Segal Hamilton is writer and the author of Unseen London. She is a Contributing Editor for the Royal Photographic Society Journal and has written for VICE, The Telegraph, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Hoxton Mini Press, and many other publications.

Mary Crockett Hill is the author of How She Died, How I Lived, a novel about the aftereffects of a brutal murder in a small southern town, and A Theory of Everything, a book of poems about how weird, funny, and sad life is.

Lisa McElaney has been married to Abe Morell for over 40 years and the inspiration for his monograph, Flowers for Lisa.