PICTURE DEPT is a new venue for photography presented by the award-winning Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo teams. As photo sharing has exploded online with services like Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and others, there has never been more content available for viewing. But as more great, new photography venues are created, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the seemingly endless stream—and to find the very best of what’s out there. PICTURE DEPT is designed to both filter and condense this information into a single resource. The site includes curated photo features and recommendations of the best of what is happening in photography—not just from Newsweek & The Daily Beast but also from Tumblr, around the Web, and the world beyond the computer screen.
About the name:
When we decided to create a photo Tumblr, we turned to the amazing Newsweek archives for inspiration, and there we discovered a battered metal box that contained hundreds of faded yellow 4 x 6 note cards. On each card was the date of an issue of the magazine and the complete listing of its photo spreads. And they were all titled “PICTURE DEPT”, the original moniker of the photo department. The cards ranged in date from the 1930’s - 1970’s and reminded us of the amazing legacy of the magazine. So we decided to resurrect Picture Dept for the 21st century.
Guys! Our friends in Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s photo department have been hard at work brainstorming, and then designing, the latest addition to the nwktumblr family: Picture Dept!
It just launched today. We’re super excited for them.
If you like photography, photojournalism, taking pictures, or just find yourself curious what it’s like to work in the photo department at an international media company, follow their tumblr. It’s beautiful.
As for what’s in store, they plan on posting original photography, photos that run in the magazine and on the site, photos that don’t make it, and the best photos they find around the web and on tumblr.
Congrats and welcome to tumblr!