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.

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 |
Jeff Wall - Odradek, Táboritská 8, Prague, 18 July 1994. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Jeff Wall - Odradek, T√°boritsk√° 8, Prague, 18 July 1994.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Jeff Wall | Nashville | 1990s |
Rineke Dijkstra - Hilton Head Island, SC USA, June 24, 1992. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Rineke Dijkstra - Hilton Head Island, SC USA, June 24, 1992.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

x-pro II, | Rineke Dijkstra | 1990s |
Janine Antoni - Mortar and Pestle, 1999. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Janine Antoni - Mortar and Pestle, 1999.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Janine Antoni | Gotham | 1990s |
Anna Gaskell - Untitled #8 (Wonder), 1996. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Anna Gaskell - Untitled #8 (Wonder), 1996.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Anna Gaskell | early bird | 1990s |
Philip-Lorca diCorcia - Eddie Anderson; 21 Years Old; Houston, Texas, 1990-92 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia - Eddie Anderson; 21 Years Old; Houston, Texas, 1990-92
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia | Apollo | 1990s |
Hiroshi Sugimoto - Santa Cesarea, Ionian Sea, 1994 Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Santa Cesarea, Ionian Sea, 1994
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Hiroshi Sugimoto | Hefe | 1990s |
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.