I urge you to check out the newest issue of a new magazine called Blueeyes that might become your newest bookmarked photo/essay site.
I just stumbled upon it while cruising through Coudal.com, and found it to be lusciously illustrated with photos, in addition to being rather charming and quirky. They say that the issues are kind of defined as they go along, with emerging themes that come together as the magazine is produced.
This issue takes you on a tour of African-American Chicago as well as Romania, and there is a wonderful collection of photographs from freelance photographer Michael Brown. It looks like they take submissions, so any budding shutterbugs out there might send them some samples and see if you can get your work published.