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.

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 |
Irving Penn - Nude No. 58, 1949-50 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Irving Penn - Nude No. 58, 1949-50
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Irving Penn | earlybird | tilt shift | 1950s |
William Klein - Gun 1, New York, 1955. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

William Klein - Gun 1, New York, 1955.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

William Klein | poprocket | 1950s |
Andreas Feininger - The Photojournalist, 1951. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Andreas Feininger - The Photojournalist, 1951.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Andreas Feininger | Toaster | 1950s |
Robert Frank - Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Robert Frank - Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Robert Frank | Sutro | 1950s |
Words and manipulations by Andrew Emond. Photographs by other people.