Discussion Forum: 

‘Instagram has ruined photography as an art form.’

‘The app Instagram which allows everyone to post photographs on the internet for the world to see has ruined the art of photography. Now, everyone is a photographer. There are filters that allow the photograph to be transformed from not very good to mediocre imagery that is now celebrated worldwide.’ 

by Kristianne Drake. 
Thursday, 13 February 2014, 12:33 PM.
My response:
Art can be appreciated primarily for it’s emotional power and beauty. If photography is simply freezing a moment in time or creating an image using light then there is no limit to how we produce images or where they are posted. Either way there will be an audience for them somewhere along the line.

Just because a photograph has been taken on a mobile phone, it is of poor quality or simply posted to instagram does not mean if can’t be appreciated by someone else.

Some of the most iconic moments of history last year were captured on mobile phone’s, these images have gone on to become widely circulated around the globe and continue to overwhelm nations.

Tim Holmes (not pictured) and his wife Tammy (second from left) huddled under a jetty for three hours with their grandchildren while their hometown in Tasmania was destroyed by wildfires.

Tim Holmes (not pictured) and his wife Tammy (second from left) huddled under a jetty for three hours with their grandchildren while their hometown in Tasmania was destroyed by wildfires.

A mobile phone is ideal for someone who is in the right place at the right time, whether they are a photographer or not. The image they create whether it be iconic or not can still be considered art to some people, even if it is just for themselves.

At David Bailey’s ‘Stardust’ exhibition in London, there is a whole section of mobile phone images. Maybe it’s all he had at the time but he still considered them to be worthy for his show as every image was hand picked by himself…

If life is only so short then who are we working to please? surely it’s ourselves…

Instagram gives anybody with access to a smartphone and internet the ability to create images to share with their family and friends, it allows people who enjoy photography as a hobby to create and share images they are proud of. What right does anyone have to deprive someone of that thrill just for the sake of saving ‘art’. Art will always exist, it’s just forever changing and we should embrace that instead of chasing old ways.




Bailey’s Stardust. 

National Portrait Gallery, London.

06/02/14 – 01/06/14 

National Portrait Gallery

Stardust is one of my most outstandingly beautiful photography shows I have seen in a long time.

The retrospective of over 300 of David Bailey’s handpicked photographs of the glamorous icons of the past half a century is certainly a must see.

His photography is controversial in some cases and not considered ‘art’ as there is little form of narrative, meaning or depth. Is this just the snaps of a famous egomaniac’s life? Does it matter? I think not.

Bailey’s work and show has appealed to the masses, he is one of the most famous photographers of our time and there is no doubt that he is a technical master. The showcased prints are certainly astonishing, the size and clarity is remarkable. Even if you do not rate Bailey as a photographer it is impossible to not accept he is a technical genius.

His eye to represent people within his stylised portraits sparks a lot of attention. There is a reason why his images are so popular. For me they show us the celebrities we want to see, photographed in a particular sensational distinctive manner. The prints are large enough for us to admire every detail of the subject and to feel closer to those we admire. I have not stopped and stared to appreciate the detail in a photograph for as long as I can remember, Bailey has a way of lassoing you in and keeping you there.

If you are an adherent of popular celebrity culture and/or the aesthetic of photography, then this show is at the top of the game for you.

More information about the exhibition at: