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.

Martin Schoeller - Mark Zuckerberg, 2010. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Martin Schoeller - Mark Zuckerberg, 2010.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

2000s | tilt shift | Martin Schoeller | Amaro |
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 |
Richard Misrach - Beach, 2002. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Richard Misrach - Beach, 2002.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Richard Misrach | xpro II | tilt shift | 2000s |
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 |
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 |
Larry Sultan - Boxer Dogs, Mission Hills, 2000.Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Sultan - Boxer Dogs, Mission Hills, 2000.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Larry Sultan | x-pro II | 2000s |
Loretta Lux - The Drummer, 2004. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Loretta Lux - The Drummer, 2004.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Loretta Lux | Gotham | tilt shift | 2000s |
Pipo Nguyen-duy - Mountain Fire, 2002. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Pipo Nguyen-duy - Mountain Fire, 2002.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Pipo Nguyen-duy | apollo | tilt shift | 2000s |
Gregory Crewdson - Untitled, 2001. Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Gregory Crewdson - Untitled, 2001.
Modified using instagram. View original version here.

Gregory Crewdson | Walden | tilt shift | 2000s |
Words and manipulations by Andrew Emond. Photographs by other people.