SHOTS Magazine is a beautifully printed black & white quarterly in world gone digital, not an on-line publication.

An independent, reader-supported journal of eclectic fine art photography now in its 34th year of publication, SHOTS is known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world and reaches a wide, international audience that includes not only emerging and established photographers, but also educators, galleries, museums, collectors and other fine art photography enthusiasts.

Each issue has a theme. Photographers submit images that relate to that theme and the photos chosen will be published in the next issue. Each new issue will announce the next theme and deadline. Image selections are completely democratic in that you don't have to be a well known name to get in. If we like your image and it fits the theme you may get published. Subscribers can submit photos to each issues theme for free.

We don't care about what kind, brand or model of camera you use, which format, whether you used film or digital, what apps or filters. We care about vision, about quality, about depth, about meaning, about magic.

What about color? We love color photography. There is much important contemporary work done in color. We also believe that black and white is still a powerful medium and deserves its own platform.

Shots is very different from mainstream glossy photo magazines. You will never see articles about 'Tips or Tricks' and it is not equipment or gadget driven. We are completely image driven. If you are someone who enjoys good or unusual photography, or if you have some work you would like to share, Shots may be for you.

doug beasley and elizabeth flinsch
Original Tintype by Carla Alexandria Rodriguez  ©2017
Doug & Elizabeth


Douglas Beasley | Owner and Publisher

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place and is concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. 

After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Doug worked for several prominent Minneapolis, MN photo studios before opening his own. His start in commercial and editorial fashion evolved into photographing internationally for various advertising, education and non-profit clients. He currently works on selected fine-art based commercial projects around the world.

Much of Doug's personal work is supported by grants and commissions and have been widely exhibited, collected and published internationally.

His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. Earth Meets Spirit, a hardcover collection of grant projects and sacred themes was published by 5 Continents Editions in Milan, Italy and distributed by Abrams. His most recent book Zen & the Art of Photography is a collection of his writings on photography and the creative process. He is also the creator of Vision Quest Photo Assignment Cards.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, he teaches workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. His workshops are held at art and photo centers around the world, as well as mentorships and private workshops held at the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin in Northwest Wisconsin.

Along the way, Doug has become more involved in curating exhibits and promoting the work of other photographers. He is in awe of all the good work being produced. This led him to acquiring Shots Magazine to continue to promote great and unusual photography that often doesn't get seen in mainstream publications.

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Elizabeth Flinsch | Editor

When not at the editing desk, Elizabeth Flinsch is an artist, photography educator, and curator. Each issue of SHOTS, Elizabeth independently juries submissions, invites photographers for featured interviews, and designs the magazine from cover to cover.

After meeting at a workshop in 2016, she and Doug found they play well together and they have been working with one another ever since, collaborating on grant projects and workshops while plotting their next creative pursuit.

Elizabeth holds a BFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is supported by public grant programs, exhibited internationally, and held in collections both public and private.

Elizabeth’s artistic roots in traditional printmaking show up in her affinity for alternative photographic processes. She is deeply committed to her vision for the photography landscape as a more equitable realm for woman identified, queer, and BIPOC artists.



SHOTS History:
• Dan Price, Joseph, Oregon – Founder, original publisher and editor, 1986-1995
• Robert Owens, Dallas, Texas – Publisher and editor, 1995-2000
• Russell Joslin, Minneapolis, MN – Publisher and editor, 2000-2017
• Douglas Beasley, Publisher, Elizabeth Flinsch, Editor, St. Paul, MN – 2017-current