Open Call

Get Featured on Analog.Cafe

6 min read by Dmitri.

Pleased to announce an open call for stories, essays, opinions, articles, and reviews on Analog.Cafe!

Analog.Cafe website is built around community support and participation. Over half of the articles published here are submissions from the authors willing to share their knowledge, experience, or creative expression using this platform.

Here’s why I think you may like to join us on this journey to create the best resource for film photographers on the internet:

1. Inclusive editorial process.

Getting your work published on Analog.Cafe is a collaborative process, not a competition.

❤️ shared with permission.

I built this blog to elevate and celebrate both new and established film photographers. Whether you come from an English-speaking country or practice English as a second language, I work to bring out the best in every submission. All editorial changes are precisely balanced between preserving the integrity of your work, readability, and visual appeal. You will always be made aware of these changes and have a chance to request edits or decline publication.

Because of this work, I am able to accept and publish over 90% of all submissions while maintaining a quality source of information and inspiration for the readers.

2. More creative control.

Analog.Cafe Composer tool lets you add font styles, links, type beautiful quotes and insert stunning image displays.

Should you choose to submit your work for publication on this blog, you will first need to create a free Analog.Cafe account. It only takes a second and comes with plenty of free perks and a proper privacy policy.

All submissions are accepted via the Composer tool, a custom editor app where you can write or paste your text, upload photos, add styles, links, and change image positions to suit your preferences. Composer renders your submission exactly how it would appear once published to give you more creative control over your work’s presentation.

3. Best presentation.

Lots of blogs accept submissions but only Analog.Cafe can provide an ad-free, fast, adaptive display your work deserves.

I built Analog.Cafe “from scratch” using my experience as a senior web developer at WebMD. It loads fast, looks great on mobile screens, has a “dark mode,” and can even be read offline. This blog’s unique design will leave a lasting impression on your readers.

Your story won’t be polluted with ads, trackers, or spammy comments. However, you can use the Magic Link feature to promote your website, social profile, Etsy store, or even collect donations from your readers using the Ko-Fi/Buy Me a Coffee integrations.

Above:Humanidade,” submitted by Stefano Fristachi.

Getting accepted.

If your article or essay is either about film photography or features images created with analogue cameras, you’re well on the way to have it accepted and published.

Please make sure that your film scans and images are of the best quality available and not watermarked. Analog.Cafe already implements technology that discourages theft.

JPEG and PNG image formats are accepted up to 10MB in size. I recommend files that are at least 1800 pixels wide, though smaller formats can still be publishable.

Please make sure that your story is edited to the best of your ability for accuracy, style, and grammar. It can be prose (text paragraphs) or poetry but not Q&A and no point form.

What to write about.

Gear review. A detailed, well-rounded overview of an old or new camera, emulsion, chemistry, or anything directly related to film photography. It should have all the main technical bits covered, like this review of Voigtländer Vitessa L or this one of Ricoh Caddy.

Film and camera field reports. Similar to gear reviews, but more casual. Kevan’s “California Desert, Polaroid Style,” “Kodak Ektachrome,” and “Neon Lights With CineStill 800T Film” do a great job showcasing the tools without going too much into detail, keeping the reading light and entertaining.

Experimental photography techniques. Robert’s “Through the Green Fuse” and Nikita’s “Sick and Tired” showcase strange and beautiful effects the analogue medium provides along with a backstory. Both essays have proven to be a delight to our readers.

Independent art careers, events, projects, personalities. Rick writes about his side hustle in “A Day in a Life of A-.” Vincent published “Open Your Eyes.” Theatre, stage, acting, dance, classical/hall and modern music are all worthy topics.

Film camera repair guides.Building an Instax Pinhole Camera” does a little bit of technical overview, and the above-mentioned Vitessa L review goes over basic maintenance and some advanced repairs.

Life and film photography. Most of us think of it as a hobby, though for some, it ends up becoming an obsession, a therapy, or a profession. “Family Portraits to Live With,” “From Film to Digital, and Back Again,” and “Old Film and Life” are great examples of such writing.

Events, perspectives, documentaries. It could be a reflection on a changing neighbourhood, like in Tommy’s “Raincouver,” a reflection on the final year at a high school, or a documentary of the Toronto’s Exhibition in full panoramic shots.

Female perspective. Women photographers have a unique way of seeing the world. I’d like to see more of it, especially in our male-dominated niche. “Purple Mood,” “Calm,” and “Dwell” are great examples of ladies answering the call for submissions.

Thoughts, experiments, and imagination. Abstract images often beg for interpretation, which a well-written essay could guide the reader. Lisa’s “Dwell” essay, accompanied by her haunting self-portraits, does that nicely.

Earth and sustainability. The topic of the century. An essay expressing thoughts on this worrying theme, like Maite’s “Of Pine Cones and Trees” or a field report like “Plastic Thailand,” will do well on Analog.Cafe.

Peoples’ and animals’ interactions with the urban landscape. A classic essay topic with a poetic twist of words makes the reader imagine they are a part of another world. Jackie’s “Bare by Light” is a fantastic example of such work. Betty does it well with another essay, “Soi Dogs.”

Traveller’s impressions of foreign landscapes and cultures. Another classic subject. While abundant, travel stories are still finding ample an audience. We all choose our adventures a little differently; paired with beautiful images, like that of “Echoing Themes” by Andrew, they are a great read any day.

Nature. Fascinating, like “My Favourite Island,” published by a marine scientist, Ash, or puzzling like “Tropical Fruits.”

Poetry. It could be an original piece, like Natali’s “Hommage À Ma Mère,” or something from creative commons, like in “Poison Tree.”

Next steps:

Need more info? Visit the “Call for Submissions” page.

Ready to submit? Write/submit your article or photo essay.