Instagram: Death to Photography

Death to Photography

Everyone is a photographer nowadays. Thanks to Instagram and those fabulous filters, you can turn any basic photo into a work of photographic “art” and then share it with the whole world. But photographers think that Instagram is the death to photography.  But what’s the big deal? Apparently,  if you use enough filters and you listen very closely, you can hear Ansel Adams rolling in his grave.

Some photographers, as in people who view picture-taking as an art and a career, believe that the photo-sharing and social networking app has destroyed the creativity and skill behind the profession. It has allowed the art of picture-taking and story telling available to every single person. According to art critic, Michael Glover, photography has “become so thoroughly prostituted as a means of visual exchange.”

Is he just being a photography snob, or is there some truth to it? Kate Bevan, a free lancer writer specializing in technology and social media at the Guardian put that the Instagram filters are the “antithesis of creativity,” claiming that it “requires no thought or creative input: one click and you’re done.” So there is a bit of truth in it. Instagram, because of its immediacy and availability,  has allowed everyone to overload and saturate the picture taking market.

But, there are some photographers who love Instagram and the availability to share their photography. Instagram is considered as another medium for photography, some photographers say. There is even an “art” to iPhone photography – iPhotography. Some photographers love Instagram because its a great way to approach people, practice impromptu photos, and share their photos with the masses.

So Instagram, might not totally be the death of photography. It can be another way for photographers to be noticed and celebrated. As for me, I’ll just be here in my corner, continuing to take pictures of my food and my feet.


2 thoughts on “Instagram: Death to Photography

  1. Great post Irisa! Honestly photographers need to be more confident and not fret over Instagram. Give a nice SLR Nikon or Cannon to your everyday “instagrammer” and then come talk to me. That is some hard stuff and it is such an art that only someone that has studied photography can actually do–sans Photoshop

  2. I never thought of instagram serving as a threat to photography. While filters are a little cheesy, I think they are fun. I know that when I take pictures, my intention isn’t to achieve art but to share with my social community what I am doing. For me it is more a visual Facebook status than me trying to create are. I leave pure genius to the photographers. What I do think is funny is the emergence of instagram “models.” So many people take pictures to show off (and I too am guilty), and I think this is having an impact as well.

    Great piece Irisa, I really enjoy your blogs!

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