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 |
Sally Mann - Candy Cigarette, 1985. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Sally Mann - Candy Cigarette, 1985.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Sally Mann | lo-fi | tilt shift | 1980s |
Helmut Newton - Paris Match, Monte Carlo 1985 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Helmut Newton - Paris Match, Monte Carlo 1985
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Helmut Newton | inkwell | 1980s |
Sebastião Salgado - Coal Mining, Dhanbad, Bihar, India, 1989. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Sebastião Salgado - Coal Mining, Dhanbad, Bihar, India, 1989.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Sebastião Salgado | gotham | tilt shft | 1980s |
Thomas Struth - Musée du Louvre III, 1989. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Thomas Struth - Musée du Louvre III, 1989.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Thomas Struth | brannan | tilt shift | 1980s |
Steve McCurry - Afghan Girl, 1984. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Steve McCurry - Afghan Girl, 1984.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Steve McCurry | walden | tilt shift | 1980s |
Neil Winokur - Robert Mapplethorpe, 1982. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Neil Winokur - Robert Mapplethorpe, 1982.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Neil Winokur | Brannan | tilt shift | 1980s |
Cindy Sherman - Untitled #359, 1985. Modified using instagram. View original version here.
P.S. Thank you to all of Mastergram’s visitors/followers. You helped make the original version of this photo by Andreas Gursky the most viewed photo of the week on MOMA’s site. Proof: here and here.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled #359, 1985.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

P.S. Thank you to all of Mastergram’s visitors/followers. You helped make the original version of this photo by Andreas Gursky the most viewed photo of the week on MOMA’s site. Proof: here and here.

Cindy Sherman | Gotham | tilt shift | 1980s |
Larry Sultan - Dad on the Bed, 1984. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Sultan - Dad on the Bed, 1984.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Sultan | Toaster | 1980s |
Words and manipulations by Andrew Emond. Photographs by other people.