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.

Joel Sternfeld - Wet ‘n Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, 1980 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Joel Sternfeld - Wet ‘n Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, 1980
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Joel Sternfeld | 1980s | tilt shift | 1977 |
Alec Soth - Misty, 2005. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Alec Soth - Misty, 2005.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Alec Soth | 1977 | tilt shift | 2000s |
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 |
Thomas Ruff - Nudes ama14, 2000. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Thomas Ruff - Nudes ama14, 2000.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Thomas Ruff | 1977 | 2000s |
Philip-Lorca diCorcia - Ike Cole; 38 Years Old; Los Angeles, California; $25, 1990-92. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia - Ike Cole; 38 Years Old; Los Angeles, California; $25, 1990-92.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia | 1977 | tilt shift | 1990s |
Wolfgang Tillmans - The Cock (kiss), 2002 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Wolfgang Tillmans - The Cock (kiss), 2002
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Wolfgang Tillmans | 1977 | 2000s |
Edward Burtynksy - Nickel Tailings No. 34, 1996 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Edward Burtynksy - Nickel Tailings No. 34, 1996
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Edward Burtynksy | 1977 | 1990s |
Words and manipulations by Andrew Emond. Photographs by other people.