Instagram Discussion

‘Instagram has ruined photography as an art form.’

‘The app Instagram which allows everyone to post photographs on the internet for the world to see has ruined the art of photography. Now, everyone is a photographer. There are filters that allow the photograph to be transformed from not very good to mediocre imagery that is now celebrated worldwide.’ 

by Kristianne Drake.
Thursday, 13 February 2014, 12:33 PM.
One of my lecturers posted this in one of our discussion forums. I found it quite thought provoking because in a sense she is correct – anyone who takes photographs and posts them on Instagram could call themselves a photographer.
Just because a photo is taken on a phone/tablet doesn’t mean it’s less meaningful or good than an image captured on a DSLR camera. I don’t think Instagram has ruined photography as an art form – I think that it has increased people’s appreciation of good photographs and good art in general. It gives people the chance to share photographs that they have taken that they think are good, or just that they think other people would be interested in seeing. It’s very unlikely that anyone will become a professional photographer through posting photos on Instagram so I don’t see it as something threatening to professional photographers.
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