Photojournalists Sharing the World through Instagram

Photojournalists from around the globe have begun using Instagram as an important part of their storytelling, using the intimacy and immediacy of mobile photography to open up new avenues of engagement with their audiences.

From Hurricane Sandy’s destruction to baseball’s opening season, photojournalists are capturing and sharing the world’s stories with people in real time through Instagram.

To tune into the news as it unfolds, be sure to follow these photojournalists:

  • Michael Christopher Brown, documents life in Congolese refugee camps — @michaelchristopherbrown
  • Ben Lowy, a conflict and feature photographer based in New York City — @benlowy
  • Phil Moore, a British photojournalist based in East Africa — @philmoorephoto
  • Kevin Frayer, the chief photographer for the Associated Press in South Asia — @kevinfrayer
  • Ivan Kashinsky, a freelance photographer based in Quito, Ecuador — @ivankphoto
  • Michael Yamashita, a documentary photographer for National Geographic specializing in Asia — @yamashitaphoto

What they have done is signaled the end and failure of what could have been a revolutionary social media platform for visual communication.

Ben Lowy (@benlowy) on Instagram’s TOS

TIME reached out to a number of prominent photographers on Instagram for their comments on the service’s recently announced changes.

We will never have Web 3.0, because the Web’s dead.

Have to agree that this is inevitable. But still today, I rely on my desktop/laptop to do any REAL work.

It shows they’re really fearful of being displaced by a mobile upstart. However, why would bolting on a mobile app to a Web 2.0 platform (and a very good one at that) change any of the underlying dynamics we’re discussing here? I doubt it.

Case in point… I recently posted an image of my daughters’ 2nd birthday. Guaranteed response, right? Here’s the breakdown of engagement after a full day:

  • Instagram: 23 likes, 8 comments
  • Facebook: 11 likes, 3 comments

But here’s the thing, the number of “friends” on Facebook greatly outnumber the number of people who request to follow me on Instagram. The percentage of engagement is significantly higher, at least in my circle, on Instagram. It’s no wonder why Facebook “needed” to buy Instagram. Just hope that they don’t mess it up.


that term…

… agreed to be acquired

is there a specific reason it has to be written that way?


When Mike and I started Instagram nearly two years ago, we set out to change and improve the way the world communicates and shares. We’ve had an amazing time watching Instagram grow into a vibrant community of people from all around the globe. Today, we couldn’t be happier to announce that…