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. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (Intellect Books, 2017) Agnieszka Sosnowska: Myth of A Woman (The National Museum of Iceland, 2019). 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 Artpil named her one of 2012’s 30 women photographers under the age of 30 to watch. Kat lives in Brooklyn, New York. 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.


Ashley Hagerstrand
Editorial Assistant

Ashley Hagerstrand is an artist and writer whose work has been exhibited across the U.S. She is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in St. Louis.


Alex Bohanan

Alex Bohanan is an illustrator and graphic designer. She is the recipient of Columbia Scholastic Press’ All-Columbian Honors for her work in Commtracks magazine. Bohanan was an inaugural Gwen Ifill Scholar at Simmons University where she received her BA in Arts Administration.


Issue 13 Contributing Writers


April M. Watson is the curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has organized numerous exhibitions, contributing research and writing to several museum publications and artist monographs.

Lisa Volpe is the Associate Curator, Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Taylor Mali is a Brooklyn-based poet & educator. He is the author of numerous poetry volumes including Late Father and Other Poems (Quercus Review Press 2018), The Whetting Stone (Rattle 2017), Bouquet of Red Flags (Write Bloody Books 2014), What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World (Putnam 2012) as well as two other books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002).

Chris La Tray is a writer who lives near Missoula, MT. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book Award.

Andrew Kensett is a master’s candidate in the History of Art at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute. Previously, he served as assistant curator at the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.

Sarah Hadley lives in Los Angeles and is currently working on a project about her extraordinary childhood growing up in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A book of Lost Venice will be published by Damiani editore next spring.

Amelia Childs is the producer and co-host of the podcast Ghost Hunting New England.