There’s no question that Instagram has gone beyond selfies and pet pictures and become an important part of the larger artistic conversation. Photographers, not surprisingly, have found lots of ways to play on this platform – showing work from ongoing projects, introducing personal pictures, note-taking and experimenting. There are many outstanding photographers on Instagram, and in this new column, Andy Adams, who directs @FlakPhoto Projects, will recommend a few of them.
Auer is a Canadian photographer now living in Iceland, and her photography examines the relationship between people and places. She’s a frequent traveler so her IG functions as a visual map of her whereabouts and includes views from the Yukon Territory, Greenland, Sweden, France, Spain, and the Lofoten Islands. Hers is a casual approach blending personal experience and professional practice that provides a glimpse into the artist’s creative process. Last year, Éditions du renard published January, a book that explores walking as an artistic activity. She is currently working on a series about the impact of tourism in Iceland.
Like a lot of photographers, Kaneyama shows a mix of personal snapshots and professional updates on his feed. What’s exciting is the way that IG has provided a new outlet for him to experiment with What Leaves Are Falling…, a long-term series about family, aging, and chronic mental illness. Nearly 20 years in the making, a book of these images was published in Japan in 2016 and IG has been a convenient platform for showing outtakes from that project as well as new images from the ongoing series. This year, he’s exhibiting a selection of prints from the series at The Gallery in the Nikon Plaza Shinjuku, Tokyo, on the occasion of the Sagamihara Photo Award.
“I made this picture in Austin, Texas, after a long day of swimming. My partner and I went to Deep Eddy Cabaret afterwards to play some pool and drink the coldest beer in Texas.” Genitempo shares personal photos like this most days. Much of his work celebrates the big-sky views of the American Southwest, and his images are loaded with moody color and cinematic character. He shoots from the hip with an iPhone – a reminder that the best camera is the one you have with you. Last year, Genitempo co-launched the Trespasser imprint with photographer Bryan Schutmaat. His latest series, Jasper, about men living off the grid in the Ozarks, will be on view at FotoFilmic’s PULP space in Vancouver this summer.
Davey came to photography in her forties after a 15-year career in psychotherapy. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but her work since then has focused largely on the internal mechanics of the family dynamic. She uses IG as a venue for showing the photographs from her documentary projects – many of them intimate observations of her own children. These are sensitive, beautiful images that offer insights into her role as artist and mother. Davey’s photographs have been selected for inclusion in the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition for the last three years, and her book Martha, a study of her adolescent daughter, is forthcoming from Trolley Books.