With over 600 million members, it’s often difficult to sift through the junk on your Instagram feed. Trawling through hundreds of Kardashian fan-accounts and tonnes of memes isn’t exactly the most productive method of visual research, but there are a lot of ‘grams to follow for inspiration out there. Here are ten of our favourite photography-based Instagram accounts to get your creative juices flowing.
This London based publishing house is relatively new on the scene, but in its seven short years has built up an impressive list of clients. Founded by the previous managing director of Steidl, Michael Mack, MACK works closely with recognised artists, nurturing their ideas and building a profile for them through their books. The likes of Paul Graham and artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin consistently entrust their work to the publishing house, with emerging artists also getting the chance to show what they’re made of through the First Book Award. Give MACK a follow to keep up to date with your favourite established photographers and the freshest rising talents, as well as the backstage production of their publications.
Sofa is a new magazine focusing on Generation Z and what teens are up to these days. Each issue explores a “tantalizing, terrifying, tantamount or taboo topic”, and features young and lesser-known photographers like Lauren Tepfer. Although the magazine is new and the Instagram hasn’t properly taken off yet, the guys at Sofa prove quality over quantity with some very funny posts.
The self-professed “coolest publisher in the world” has quite the Instagram presence, using this area of social media as their main platform of advertisement. Keeping their customers informed of the latest in photo publications, IDEA update their Instagram at regular intervals of the day – featuring six of their “amaze” magazines, which include Gosha Rubchinskiy’s Youth Hotel and Chloë Sevigny’s Fanpages. The shop, which is located in the trendy Dover Street Market also sells those WINONA and KEANU T-shirts we’ve all been lusting over, and IDEA also use their Instagram to inform their eager shoppers about new deliveries.
Café Royal Books is, according to the main man Martin Parr, “a great archive of much forgotten documentary photography”. Based in the North West of England, its founder Craig Atkinson pushes out one printed publication a week, letting his Instagram followers know the second a new one goes for sale. The consistent black and white imagery and the steady design of the A5 books make for an aesthetically pleasing Instagram, and the sneak peeks of inside pages dotted amongt the cover give more of an insight into the photographic work.
This Brooklyn-based independent publisher specialises in small presses and limited editions. With a huge selection of zines under their belt from the likes of Ed Templeton and Niall O’Brien, as well as rising star Francesca Allen, Pau Wau are often found at the various zine fairs around America, most recently the LA Art Book Fair. For those of us not living in the States, it’s nice to give them a follow – they’re constantly updating their Instagram with the coolest things you’ll ever see.
Serving as a platform for all kinds of photography, Amsterdam’s best photography gallery keeps us up to date with a magazine printed three times a year. Keeping us satisfied between the months of printing, however, is their very popular Instagram, which gives insight into the upcoming physical magazines and peaks of the galleries present and past photographic installations. Currently recruiting for their Foam Talent Issue, the Dutch publishers make a conscious effort to feature the best entries on their social platforms, giving entrants to opportunity for their work to reach the right channels, while also ensuring that we as viewers get to experience the freshest talent.
The concept of Stack Magazines is a pretty innovative one. Started by Steven Watson, the idea is to receive a surprise independent magazine in the post every month. Making it even easier for zine-ophiles to get their fix is their extensive social media presence. Updating their Instagram daily, this is the best promotion for lesser-known zines like the Mushpit and Eyesore, and is an amazing way for their audience to discover the vast range of material out there.
Described as the “contemporary manual for the modern creative class”, Whitelies Magazine is a Berlin-based bookzine published twice a year. For this reason, their online presence is quite established, with their Instagram serving as a preview of their website – and with Sleek Art’s Stefan Dotter serving as Editor in Chief, you know photography is going to heavily influence the publication.
Celebrating self published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects, this is a truly unique business. With thousands of submitted publications, the Instagram feed is pretty steady, and with the increase of interest in going it alone, the standard is only ever getting higher.
Beginning as a Tumblr, If You Leave has moved on to the more contemporary social networking site, Instagram, which seems to now be the main point of focus for the blog. With more than 100,000 followers, IYL is one of the most popular follows for the photography fan. Carefully curated, this photo-based Instagram is one of the most fluid and visually appealing out there.