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Top Photography Blogs

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We’ve compiled our very favourite UK photography blogs – and this is the Top 10, our bookmarked go-tos. Have we overlooked your favourites? You can submit personal recommendations using the form on the right. Otherwise, enjoy a perusal of the blogging goodness listed here.

1. The London Column

With a sub-title of “reports from the life of a city, 1951-2013”, David Secombe’s blog is a brilliant sixty year-long homage to an ever-changing city. From the Festival of Britain to portraits of “ten old men”, from horse races to walks by the river, David’s blog contains his own and others’ photography and words. As he says, “London now, London then”. Read it here.

2. Colin Pantall’s Blog

One of three (count ’em) sites that the Bath-based writer and photographer runs, this one focuses on his own photography, much of which is domestic or featuring his young daughter. A wonderful sense of childhood permeates. There’s also a section dedicated to “sofa portraits”, which we can surely all relate to. Read it here.

3. Claire Atkinson

Manchester-based Atkinson has a knack for capturing everyday street scenes around the city. Her shots of people rushing from A to B, steamed bus windows and dreary afternoons in Piccadilly Garden are familiar sights we all encounter, but Atkinson has the skill to turn them into beautiful and patient moments that leave us wondering about their anonymous subjects. Read it here. 

4. What We Wore

Fashion blogs are ten a penny, but this one has a bit of depth: it’s a photo project run by the London-based creative studio, ISYS Archive, that documents a “style history of Britain from 1950 to the present day”. It does that in the form of snapshots and their accompanying stories: a kid on a skateboard in the 1980s, a group of Northern Soul fans, a “dolly bird and Dublin boy” snapped in 1969, noughties clubbers and many others. Send your own snaps in to be part of it. Read it here.

5. The Great Indian Adventure

This “photographic journal” from Falmouth University graduate Meesha Holley documents her travels through what she calls her motherland. Beautiful landscape shots jostle for attention next to urban snaps of Delhi and unselfconscious portraits of men, women and children. Read it here.

6. Dave Hendley

A mix of archive and current shots, most of them in gloriously grainy black and white. Some of the archive shots come from Dave’s time in Jamaica in the 1970s, when he photographed those who would go on to become some of the biggest names in reggae: Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs. Dave teaches at Central Saint Martins College. Read it here.

7. Document Scotland

Photos, interviews, opinion and news all interweave in Document Scotland. Run by four photographers – Colin McPherson, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Sophie Gerrard and Stephen McLaren – the blog looks at the documentary tradition that, they argue, is so prevalent in Scottish photography, with their collective work aspiring to act as a “testimony to the extraordinary times we are living in”. Read it here.

8. Stu Egan

A personal record of photography – his own and others – and videos, links, quotes and “general procrastination etc.”, this is a blog in the traditional sense: a series of random thoughts and ideas, a fascinating photographic pick and mix. Read it here.

9. The Photographers’ Gallery Blog

This clean, fairly no-nonsense blog comes from one of our favourite galleries, which contains a mix of reviews, technical information, photographer profiles and video (we particularly like the post that tells you “how to photograph nebulae”). The blog welcomes contributors and comment. Read it here.

10. Craig Atkinson

The portfolio site of the photographer and publisher (Craig set up Cafe Royal Books in 2005), this site mainly features Craig’s black and white images of seaside spots (Southport and the Wirral), slightly surreal shots of Preston and the brutalist architecture of places such as Preston Bus Station, the Barbican and London’s Southbank. Read it here.

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