Instagram continues to be one of the most popular smartphone apps around, and the service is now expanding and should be coming to Windows Phone soon. While the photo-sharing app is the ideal place for showing off your images, it’s also great for following some top photographers and getting ideas and inspiration for your shots.
Here we take a look at some of the best Instagram accounts to follow, from hard-hitting photojournalism to some more light-hearted efforts.
This New York-based photographer shares dramatic images of often mundane, everyday scenes from around his hometown and further afield. Usually giving some brief details about where and when each image was taken, he offers just enough context to set his photos in their place but leaves plenty to the imagination as well. Lowy has also done some of the most interesting work with Instagram video that we’ve ever seen.
One of the most revered institutions as far as photography goes, the National Geographic’s Instagram feed is well up to the standards you would expect. Images from across the world are published several times a day, often with plenty of supporting information that points you towards longer articles that are available in the National Geographic magazine.
The organisation also links to the Instagram accounts of it individual photographic contributors, giving you even more opportunities to explore some of the service’s best users.
On a completely different note, Yesterday Dream is one of the most charming and amusing Instagram accounts we’ve uncovered whilst browsing around. A part of the social media efforts of a very small scale craft studio, followers are regularly treated to images of cute, knitted characters taking the shape of aliens and monsters. Often included are incredibly imaginative descriptions of the characters such as their names and what they like to spend their time doing.
Hironori Mizuno is an iPhone-loving photographer who creates incredible photo-manipulations that are both eerie and beautiful. Often working in black and white, with the occasional dash of colour, his images regularly feature ghostly figures in surreal landscapes and are flawless in their mastery of the variety of techniques he uses.
More photojournalism, and Michael Christopher Brown’s Instagram feed offers some of the best around. Focussing mainly on the recent troubles across the Arab world, his work captures both dramatic events and the ordinary lives of the people involved in them, often finding peace and humour where you may not expect it to be.