W Hotel’s Instagram Photography Exhibit
Inside the trendy bursts of neon that accent the W Hotel New York Times Square’s lobby, the work of six Instagram photographers is on display, open for the public to see. Hand-picked by Instagram NYC, a New York-based photo sharing community centered around the popular app, each scene falls under the theme of design, which means the photos fall into categories like architecture, patterns, and street art, Instagram NYC said.
The installation claims the title for the first Instagram exhibition in New York, though others have taken place in Hong Kong and London, the Huffington Post writes. Instagram NYC founder and mobile photographer Brian DiFeo curated the collection, and he is one of the six photographers whose work is showcased. Each photograph is a perspective of the city.
“The photographs really show the different elements of design in New York City: architecture, street art, patterns, and design,” DiFeo told HuffPo.
@astrodub, the username of one of the Instagram photographers selected, said her iPhone is often a better device for capturing these elements than her digital camera.
“I photograph street art and due to its ephemeral nature, I’ll take a picture of a piece with my phone as I see it, because chances are, by the time I go back with my DSLR, it will be gone,” she explained to HuffPo.
@astrodub, whose real name is Angeliki Jackson, is a prime example of the crop of amateur photographers the app has prompted. Though she has a degree from art school, it’s not in photography, which was a hobby-turned-passion when Instagram debuted.
Other photographers featured at the W Hotel are John de Guzman (@johndeguzman), whose tendency for bright color and weather patterns create a surrealist portrait of the city; Liz (@newyorkcity), a digital strategist and fashionista with vivid variations of different aspects of NYC life; Theo (@uptowneastnyc),, whose shots are simply mind-blowing; and Chrixtian-Xavier (@cxcart), a self-proclaimed “iPhonographer before he knew it” with an eye for cool structures.
The exhibit is free and runs from May 14, to May 21, according to Social Times.
Prepare to leave with a whole new view of New York.