Mastergram
Remarkable photos made better (or worse) using Instagram
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Instagram has a tendency to make many photographs more interesting than they actually are. The retro film effects prey on our sense of nostalgia, making even the most run-of-the-mill, poorly composed photograph appear to be something timeless and worth further attention.

This site applies these same digital filters to iconic images taken by highly regarded photographers through the ages. It's an experiment done primarily for my own amusement, but I'm also interested in finding out how these digital manipulations alter our perceptions.

If the Instagram effect can make mundane images appear to be works of art, what happens when we apply the same filters to images that have historically been held in high regard? Is the imagery degraded or enhanced as a result? Does the effect add a new layer of meaning to the photo? Perhaps these are questions best left resolved by the viewer.

Mastergram is the creation of photographer Andrew Emond. Have any questions, comments or complaints? Email the author here.

Andreas Gursky - Dubai World II, 2007. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Andreas Gursky - Dubai World II, 2007.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

andreas gursky | brannan | 2000s |
Henri Cartier-Bresson - Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Henri Cartier-Bresson - Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Henri Cartier-Bresson | Nashville | 1930s |
Paul Strand - The White Fence, 1916. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Paul Strand - The White Fence, 1916.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Paul Strand | Lomo-fi | tilt shift | 1910s |
Stephen Shore - Michael and Sandy Marsh, Amarillo, Texas, 1974. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Stephen Shore - Michael and Sandy Marsh, Amarillo, Texas, 1974.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Stephen Shore | heffe | tilt shift | 1970s |
Harold Edgerton - Milk Drop Coronet, 1957 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Harold Edgerton - Milk Drop Coronet, 1957
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

harold edgerton | tilt shift | 1977 | 1950s |
Robert Frank - Elevator, Miami Beach, 1955. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Robert Frank - Elevator, Miami Beach, 1955.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Robert Frank, | 1950s | Walden |
August Sander - Bricklayer, 1928. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

August Sander - Bricklayer, 1928.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

August Sander | earlybird | 1920s |
Larry Fink - Club Cornich, New York City, 1977 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Fink - Club Cornich, New York City, 1977
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Fink | Gotham | 1970s |
William Christenberry - House and Car, near Akron, Alabama, 1978. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

William Christenberry - House and Car, near Akron, Alabama, 1978.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

William Christenberry | walden | 1970s |
Words and manipulations by Andrew Emond. Photographs by other people.