Some of the stories are sad; others are humorous; others exalt the ordinary. All of them celebrate the photograph.

(Read the whole post from NPR.)

Secrets of Inspiring Women. A breathtaking photo series.

—Roger Ebert

The sheer concentration of creative effort per post is impressive in its own right, but Pictory’s ultimate success lies in the emotional resonance of its photographs and the stories that go with them.

—Bygone Bureau
(From a list of the best new blogs of 2010.)

Recently they’ve introduced branded content into the showcases, which creates a seamless blend of editorial and advertising that I think will be adopted by many other publications.

—La Pura Vida
(Explore the list of the top 15 photography sites of 2010.)

Best of Design 2010

—Web Designer Wall
(See the whole list.)

What works best are clean, uncluttered, wide-format layouts. A good example: Pictory magazine, whose launch predates the iPad but which seems ideally suited for the device.

(Read about the state of design on the web)

Hot 20 Under 40 in San Francisco, 2010

—7x7 Magazine
(Read the interview with Pictory’s founder)

Pictory magazine takes something incredibly simple — a photo and a caption — and makes it art. Like the radio show “This American Life,” each issue has a theme — and with a good theme, a single large-format photo and caption really become a story.

—Los Angeles Times
(Read the article where we’re mentioned in the same breath as Ira Glass)

Most Influential Women in Tech List, 2010

—Fast Company
(Read the interview with Pictory’s founder)

Pictory Mag’s gigantic images and sumptuous design are a photographer’s dream — and a web surfer’s eye candy.

(Read the “Site of the Day” recap)

It’s called Pictory, and it’s wonderful. … Like, award-winning good. Like, being in a museum good. It’s a simple idea with great execution.

(Watch the news clip where Sarah kindly gushes about Pictory)

The images that form each group essay are truly powerful, and are sent in from all over the world, so there is a richness and diversity you don’t normally find at other sites.

(Read the article and then search “Gavin Newsom hair”)

It’s just an hour old and it’s already the best new photo site of the year. Yay for Pictory.

—Jim Coudal, Principal of Coudal Partners
(Read the tweet from Chicago’s godfather of design)

In a generation of sensory overload, it’s refreshing to stumble upon something that elicits a feeling of novelty.

—Karen Kaye Manrique
(Read the tweet from a clever @Pictory twitter follower)

[Pictory] showcases captioned photography in a very magazine-like manner….It’s gorgeous, and it’s all done in semantic HTML, JavaScript and CSS.

—Webmonkey (A Wired publication)
(Read the article and wonder what semantic HTML is)

A balanced mix of captioned images and short stories pulled together to create a rich textured viewing / reading experience.

—Made by Many
(Read the post and then get lost in their site instead of mine)

When the former editor-in-chief of JPG Magazine launches a photography startup, budding photojournalists should take note.

(Read the article and take note!)

Pictory’s appeal lies in the chemistry between its editorial frame and the gorgeous user-submitted photos and stories. Read it like you would a glossy magazine.

SF Weekly
(Read the post and then remind me to get back to my iPad design)

I’m a sucker for…tales of lost loves, notes written into the ether, missed connections, stories of profound relationships that dissolved for reasons beyond one’s control….Make sure to take the time to read through the captions of The One Who Got Away; they’ll tug on your heartstrings.

—Hey, Hot Shot! Blog
(Read the post and then submit a photo to HHS)

Laura has thrown out the template and started from scratch here, and the result is brilliantly simple. Big images with a simple interface and limited, meaningful text.

—Stone Thrower
(Read the post and enjoy the random eye candy)

Pictory goes a step further, because it’s also alive. It has a striking new look, but it still feels of the web. There are ways to join in….It’s going to be Pictory—and more new sites like Pictory, sites inspired by Pictory—that we’ll be reading on [e-tablets].

(Read the post and then read on about the future of journalism)

I love the wry grin in this otherwise dark image of Detroit in decay: “Smile,” by Aisa Villarosa. From a wonderful photo gallery, Neighborhood Treasures, at Pictory Magazine, guest-designed by GOOD.

—Boing Boing
(Read the post and think happy thoughts for Detroit)

Daily Dose Pick: Neighborhood Treasure”

(Read the post and then plan your weekend)

today’s site, pictory mag, is fascinating and beautiful. check out the photo essay called ‘the one who got away.’

—Nylon Magazine
(View the custom designed blogpostcard)

Both sites rely on gorgeous design and a calm, focused viewing experience.

SF Weekly
(Read why Dave Eggers should love Pictory)

Sarah chose Pictory as her Friday Find when the online magazine first launched, and this week I’m pointing you back there (if you haven’t been hooked on your own yet) to view their Coming Home showcase.

—Dwell Magazine
(Read about the time we were a “Friday Find”)

From the Design Desk: Storytelling through Photographs

—Chronicle Books
(Read where we’re mentioned in the same post as Sartorialist)

Take one part’s Big Picture, one part This American Life, and one part Laura Brunow Miner. Simmer for 8 months. The result? Pictory.

(Mentioned in the same breath with Ira Glass again!)

I’ve mentioned Pictory before - a new online photo magazine that pulls together elements of the Big Picture and JPG into short narratives. The latest instalment, entitled The One Who Got Away, is beautiful.

—Guardian UK
(Read the post and then catch up on British politics)

Just a few of hundreds (thousands?) of blog and news mentions of Pictory. Others include Daring Fireball, Kottke, the Washington Post, Laughing Squid, Good Magazine, and more.