The phone based publishing app Instagram has been around for over a year but lately it seems to be exploding with professional photographers. There is a huge stream of really good images. National Geographic got into the game recently by giving 50 or so of its freelance photographs direct access to post on its Instagram feed (for thoughts on that go here). It makes for an eclectic set of images -from a red spotted newt I found while walking at home to John Stanmeyer's MSF photos from South Sudan. The New Yorker is taking a different approach by giving individual photographers a week to post by themselves.
Instagram is a super exciting and rapidly evolving publishing platform. But it is a crowded world. How do you know who to follow?
@benlowy Ben Lowuis a photojournalist based in NY. He published on Instagram daily
@pennydelossantos Penny de los Sanntos is a NY based food and travel photographer
@edkashi Ed Kashi is a long time NG contributor, VII member and current New Yorker Instagram publisher.
@davidalanharvey David Alan Harvey is a member of Magnum and the publisher of Burn Magazine
@jimmy_chin Climber, photographer and film maker Jimmy Chinn publishes from his travels around the world.
@johnstanmeyer John Stanmeyer helped start the VII collective, need I say more?
@mcbphotos Michael Christopher Brown has been shooting serious subjects with a cell phone camera longer than anyone else I know.
@yamashitaphotos Legendary NGM contributor Michael Yamashita publishes only occasionally but when he does it can be extraordinary.
@salvarezphoto me, long time NG contributor and occasional photo pundit.
There are also 2 publications that I follow. @natgeo and @newyorkermag both give the photographers direct access to their audience. That is a tectonic shift in the world of publishing.