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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.

Yet, organizations such as the Children’s Defense Fund note that there is no evidence to show that suspension corrects behavior, especially among children as young as Donny—and that this supports a “cradle to prison” pipeline.

Powerful essay, photojournalism and issue reporting by Brenda Ann Kenneally. A must read and view. More at Upstategirls.org.

Was waiting until all three days of the Sports front pages were published before posting something on Their Golden Years. If you haven’t seen it, the photos from Damon Winter are just spectacular. And the way they displayed it on the Sports front was brilliant.


Listen to the fantastic audio edit by @sarahk11. Excellent edit and research by Becky Lebowitz. And don’t miss the genius interaction design and development by @huang_apiaries. It’s a hint to the future of photo galleries. Lots of goodies.