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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.