BLUR magazine is published bi-monthly (6 issues per year), at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December. From August 2009 (#15) to December 2012 (#28) BLUR was published quarterly, while the first 14 issues under the brand name BULB were published on a monthly basis.
This historical difference in publishing rhythm follows the growth and transformation of our art project from a hobbyist endeavor by photography enthusiasts to a creative non-profit Photography Association it grew into today.
BLUR operates as a non-profit magazine with a modest income that covers our basic technical expenses, so we’re not hiring. The entire operation is run mainly by a small, dedicated team of volunteers. If you wish to join this team, check out our impressum or journal for details and/or news regarding vacant positions. If you feel you can offer something we don’t yet even know we need, feel free to drop us a note using our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Yes! All you need to do is visit our submission pages (for single photos, check out Gallery 36, otherwise go to our project submission page), select an appropriate category for your artwork, fill in all the required data and send us your work! Please bear in mind that we don’t usually return to authors with negative replies, due to the sheer amount of submissions we receive. If you don’t receive feedback within a week, that basically means our editorial staff is not interested in your submission. Alternatively, if you wish to be more specific or feel your art does not fit into any of the specified submission categories, send us all relevant information using our contact form. Don’t forget to mention a URL where we can see your work!
BULB magazine changed its editorial structure and its team of contributors in 2009, and certain changes in the magazine’s organizational structure were introduced. As a sign of respect toward the old contributors, we decided to change the name to BLUR, but also keep all the old BULB issues available online as a permanent part of the BLUR heritage.
BLUR publishes two yearly printed books that summarize all the best authors and photos published in BLUR throughout the year. They don’t include interviews and other textual content, but focus on pure photography. The purpose of a BLUR book is to create an inspirational, high-quality photo archive that can take a special place on your book shelf and become a more serious collectors’ edition than a magazine publication ever could. All printed editions are, of course, available digitally as well. The worldwide distribution methods of these physical copies are still being considered by the BLUR team, but will probably be available via print on-demand services such as Blurb.com or MagCloud.com. Please follow our journal for updates on when the printed editions will be available for purchase.
Any BLUR publication issued outside of the regular publishing rhythm is considered a special issue. Examples include the free BLUR GALLERY edition or the printed BLUR BOOK edition. Some special editions are digital, some are printed, some are free, some are commercial, depending on the theme, occasion and production costs.
BLUR magazine is published primarily in PDF format and is distributed on the Internet. It can be read as a stand-alone PDF on any compatible device or through a dedicated iOS or Android application that is currently in development. BLUR is also planning on publishing special printed editions that will be available for order and printing on-demand using various online self-publishing services such as Blurb.com or MagCloud.com, but we’ll keep you updated on that one.