An Instagram image of a surly A-Rod graces the NYT homepage right now.
I look at this image and all I see are pictures of people jumping over sharks.
As someone who appreciates the challenge of taking a great photo with an iPhone, I disagree. Worth noting, however: This photo was taken more than a year ago and was a pretty big deal at the time. It was a part of a larger set of Instagram portraits of the Yankees and, I believe, marked one of the first times a photo agency had run photos taken with Instagram on the wire. Does this mean that newspapers should rely more on Instagram for photos? No. But Instagram shouldn’t be ruled out as a form of photography just because people suddenly think it’s uncool or something.
Brooklyn, NY | December 18, 2012 This is my son Mateo. Photography is how I provide for him, clothe him, put him in school. Photography is my passion, my calling, and my means of livelihood. Now Instagram and Facebook want to take my hard earned imagery, and use it to generate income for themselves. What they have done is signal the end and failure of what could have been a revolutionary social media platform for visual communication. So for now, I must take a step back and reassess my place on Instagram. (at Taaffe Lofts)
"That means that a hotel in Hawaii, for instance, could write a check to Facebook to license photos taken at its resort and use them on its Web site, in TV ads, in glossy brochures, and so on — without paying any money to the Instagram user who took the photo."
Last week, the photographer Jesse Burke took The New Yorker’s Instagram feed with him around New England, posting photos from wherever he went: a Vermont wedding, snorkeling on the coast of Rhode Island, and other adventures around his home in Providence with his two beautiful daughters and two odd-looking cats.
Click-through for a slideshow of Burke’s images, and for his opinions on using Instagram as professional photographer: http://nyr.kr/ORo1Gs
In February, Sullivan got the iPhone and with it has come a newfound freedom behind the lens. He has embraced experimenting taking pictures when – and where – it would not be possible with a heavy, expensive professional SLR. Using the phone’s volume button on the earphones to release the shutter, he will playfully hang his phone out of windows and moving vehicles to see what he gets. Of course, the iPhone has not replaced his professional cameras, which he continues to use regularly when on assignment.