Pictory: Inspiring Photos with Stories Told by You

pictory logoPictory is a website owned by Laura Brunow Miner that showcases photos that are collected from their original source: You. It is all about true, personal stories, and documentation of different lives and cultures.

The Internet is brimming with eye candy, but the vast majority of these images have lost their original context. Photo credits are rare and captions usually garbled, so I find myself often wondering: Who made this? What does it mean? The forces of the Internet can sometimes turn good work into confusing shrapnel.

Pictory members don’t have to be professional photographers or writers. All you need to do is to look, observe, photograph, and consider. All you need for a submission is one large, stunning photo and an informative caption. The captions don’t have to be perfect. They will be proofed and edited by the Pictory staff.

I want to collect images and stories directly from their sources: the people who create them. And then I want to make the best work that much better by editing, proofing, and compiling submissions into glossy online showcases. Big images. Careful details. Practical design. Credit and context.

A few don’ts

• Don’t add text or watermarks to your images.

• Don’t stretch your photo in one dimension.

• Don’t send nude photos or inappropriate content.

• Don’t add borders to your image.

• Don’t send in illustrations, drawings, paintings, or other non-photographic images.

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