Instagram Mad

I’ve seen a few Instagram images that have a certain appeal, and rather too many that are at best so-whattery as well as the great majority that can only be classified as visual garbage. I suppose they are not so much worse than the many hopeless photographs that clutter my Facebook feed, even though I’ve managed to turn off photographs from some of the worst offenders, but often they are more annoying.

Kenneth Jarecke is one of many fine American photojournalists, someone who worked for Time for 9 years, producing one of the best-known images of the first Gulf War which gained him a Leica Medal of Excellence in 1992. After Time he spent 10 years working for  US News & World Report, and his work has been represented by Contact Press Images since 1986, and you can see more about him on their site.

Jarecke is also a blogger, and his Mostly True gives “an inside look at the world of photography and photojournalism” from someone well placed to write it. On October 30, the reliance of so much media coverage of ‘Sandy’ on free content, in particular from Instagram, a rights-grabbing company owned by Facebook, prompted him to write Instagram, the Devil, and You, and the reaction that caused led to a follow-up post, Great Job, You’re Fired!  Both posts, along with the comments are worth reading for what they say both about the present state of our media and the future for photojournalism.

If you are one of those photographers who like to use Instagram, you should certainly be aware that by sharing your content publicly using it, you are giving them all rights to that image.  As Jarecke points out, were it to be used as the cover image of Time Magazine (and Time has already used a microstock image) they and not you would benefit.

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