Is Instagram appropriate for war photojournalism?


The phones on mobile devices are getting better. The filters on apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic can often enhance the outcome. Is a photojournalist’s eye enough to make turn these amateur technologies into professional formats of journalism?

“Consider Nick Ut’s photograph of a naked young Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalmed village, the thousands of photos of atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib, or Ken Jarecke’s chilling photo of a charred Iraqi soldier during the first Gulf War – each simulated on digital Polaroid paper in between photos of cocktails and kittens on an Instagram feed.” – Meryl Alper 

It’s an ongoing debate: Should photojournalists use apps like Instagram as they document conflict? And how should they use them?

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