Pho­to: pixahive.com

Insta­gram is a favorite plat­form for pho­tog­ra­phers of all gen­res. If you are tired of look­ing at pol­ished, unrec­og­niz­ably pho­to­shopped pic­tures a la the cov­er of a mag­a­zine, if you want some­thing sim­ple and real, then this col­lec­tion is for you. We have found 10 pho­tog­ra­phers with an impres­sive port­fo­lio who may not yet have received uni­ver­sal recog­ni­tion like Annie Lei­bovitz or Geor­gy Pinkhasov, but could apply for it.

Iris Bergmann

A pho­tog­ra­ph­er from Ice­land calls his Insta­gram account a visu­al diary. It is full of pic­tures from trav­els, walks and every­day life. These are frames between frames — not combed pho­tographs, but fleet­ing notes. Iris’ works are inspir­ing, they tell us that every­day life is also beau­ti­ful. The main thing is to rec­og­nize the sto­ries around you.

You can learn from her: find amaz­ing shots in every­day life.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: insagram.com/irisbergmann_photography


In an account with such a bright name (“inten­tion of envy”), there real­ly is some­thing to envy. It is filled with shots of the archi­tec­ture of Cincin­nati, “the first pure­ly Amer­i­can city” where the pho­tog­ra­ph­er lives. The own­er of the account has a non-stan­dard look that dis­tin­guish­es him from oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers. There is a place for both parks and gar­dens, but the main thing is the image of the build­ings that the author of the account cre­ates. Unusu­al shoot­ing angles enliv­en ordi­nary loca­tions.

You can learn from him: love for cities and their nature.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/purposeofenvy

Cassie McCauley

Doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­ph­er from the US McCauley can not boast of pop­u­lar­i­ty, but she has a clear under­stand­ing of the cre­ative path. The Amer­i­can works in the genre of doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and cap­tures the dai­ly life of peo­ple. In the pho­to — and her own world, and the world of her heroes. Cassie’s account is full of fun­ny and touch­ing sight­ings and scenes that look like freeze-frames from movies. McCauley’s pho­tographs are extreme­ly hon­est and sim­ple, and tech­ni­cal­ly exe­cut­ed accord­ing to non-triv­ial rules of com­po­si­tion.

You can learn from her: cap­ture moments from the life of heroes.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/caseymccauley

Francesco Sambati

A mobile pho­tog­ra­ph­er from Ital­ian Lec­ce writes in his pro­file that his pic­tures mean noth­ing. Pic­tures have nei­ther a spe­cif­ic theme nor a spe­cif­ic style. And even the genre changes from frame to frame. But Sam­bati remains true to his vision: his pho­tographs are tech­ni­cal, they have a play of light and shad­ow and Hop­per’s melan­choly.

You can learn from him: geom­e­try square frame.

Pic­tures from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: insagram.com/francesco.sambati

Chloe Lodge

“Art is a jour­ney” is the head­line cho­sen by New Zealand pho­tog­ra­ph­er Chloe Lodge. Pic­turesque loca­tions are the main con­tent of the account. Here, each shot is not just a lake or a sun­set, but a metaphor. Chloe adds an abstrac­tion to her pho­tographs that high­lights the dif­fer­ence between the mon­u­men­tal scale of nature and the futil­i­ty of the mod­ern world.

You can learn from her: con­vey the beau­ty of nature — the whole and small details.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/chloelodgephotographer

Ruslan Ivanov

The account of this pho­tog­ra­ph­er is almost com­plete­ly filled with por­traits. These are por­traits-exper­i­ments, where each char­ac­ter tells a piece of his­to­ry. Pho­tos are emo­tion­al, the mood is told by the views, pos­es and even the com­po­si­tion. The pic­tures are frank, they look spon­ta­neous — their char­ac­ters are relaxed, they are com­fort­able.

You can learn from him: live, not staged por­traits.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/rubervulpes

Koku Liu

It would seem that urban pho­tog­ra­phy does not allow for much diver­si­ty — all the sights have already been pho­tographed a hun­dred times, includ­ing by emi­nent pro­fes­sion­als. That does­n’t stop San Fran­cis­co-based pho­tog­ra­ph­er Koku Liu. In his native city and trav­els, he catch­es not the life of the inhab­i­tants, but the life of the city itself. His pho­tographs are ver­sa­tile and diverse, they show hasty chaos, thick envelop­ing fog, lights immersed in green­ery. Through all the sea­sons and cor­ners, Liu shows San Fran­cis­co through a spe­cif­ic, sub­dued palette.

You can learn from him: to see the unusu­al in a famil­iar city.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/cocu_liu

Alexey Dulin

The pho­tog­ra­ph­er from Min­sk does not lim­it him­self to one genre. The basis is fash­ion and por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy, but in addi­tion to them, in Alex­ei’s feed, you can find archi­tec­ture, trav­el reports and land­scapes. Among his pho­tographs there are exper­i­ments with light, com­po­si­tion and instru­ments. His pho­tographs are full of col­or, and the imple­men­ta­tion of ideas is unex­pect­ed and non-triv­ial.

Filmed on: iPhone.

You can learn from him: don’t miss a sin­gle poten­tial shot.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: insagram.com/alesha_macarosha

Eric Chu

The chis­eled geom­e­try of build­ings is a hall­mark of this pho­tog­ra­pher’s shots. His strengths are per­spec­tive and con­trast. There­fore, you will not con­fuse his new pic­ture in the feed with any­thing. Eric con­veys both the sig­nif­i­cance and con­ges­tion of urban moder­ni­ty. The pho­tog­ra­ph­er often uses the tech­nique of con­trast, high­light­ing a bright spot or free space against the back­ground of gray and white build­ings. He seems to be try­ing to catch the exact bound­ary between the world of man and the world of nature.

Filmed on: iPhone

You can learn from him: see the scale of the archi­tec­ture.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: instagram.com/ericchu817

Tika Jabanashvili

In 2019, a pho­tog­ra­ph­er from Tbil­isi earned a place in the top 16 min­i­mal­ist mobile pho­tog­ra­phers accord­ing to Eye­Em. She skill­ful­ly works with the prin­ci­ple of “less is bet­ter.” Her pho­tographs are an aes­thet­ic of sim­plic­i­ty. Tika mas­ter­ful­ly cap­tures nat­ur­al shad­ows, using them as a com­po­si­tion­al device.

Shoots on: Huawei, iPhone.

You can learn from her: wise­ly use space.

Shots from the pho­tog­ra­pher’s account. Pho­to: insagram.com/TikaJabanashvili