Photo mosaic by Corinne Vionnet
Swiss artist Vionnet searches photo-sharing sites and digitally stitches together hundreds of tourist snapshots. Most are taken from a similar vantage point, reflecting our collective desire to re-create idealized copies of iconic places like the Parthenon.
From her book Photo Opportunities
Photograph by Michael Christopher Brown
An early adopter of the camera phone as a photojournalism tool, Brown likes the way it allows him to blend in, especially in places where it’s best to be inconspicuous. His iPhone work from Libya and other geopolitical hot spots has been published worldwide.
Coney Island, New York, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Lowy, Reportage by Getty Images
During Hurricane Sandy Time turned over its Instagram feed to five photographers and asked them to document the disaster. Giving up control was novel but necessary: With electricity spotty, Instagram was the fastest way to deliver breaking news to readers.
Chicago, Illinois, 2012
Photograph by Scott Strazzante
In addition to his Pulitzer Prize-winning work at the Chicago Tribune, Strazzante posts work shot with a cell phone on the newspaper’s blog called Shooting From the Hip.
Kabul, Afghanistan, 2011
Photograph by Balazs Gardi
For a project called Basetrack, Gardi and three other photographers embedded with U.S. marines and shot images of war with an iPhone app. They shared the photos with the marines’ friends, families, and the broader public via Facebook and other social media sites.
Watertown, Massachusetts, 2013
Photograph by Noah Fougere
While police searched for the Boston bombing suspect, citizen journalists looked out their windows and kept the world informed. The ease of sharing news photos is changing what it means to be a photojournalist.
Rv888, Finnmark, Norway, 2010
Google Maps/Jon Rafman, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York/M+B Gallery, Los Angeles
The Canadian artist Jon Rafman scours Street View images on Google Maps and picks out the bizarre and the beautiful, including this reindeer loping down a road (which was unharmed as the car drove by). The images now hang in galleries and raise the question: What is a photographer?