Instagram, the photo-filter app initially seen by many as a fad, has been”shuffling in a new era of paparazzi” and on Sunday got its journalistic due when the New York Times published an Instagram photo on its front page.
The photo is a portrait of baseball player Alex Rodriguez taken by photographer Nick Laham, who took it from his iPhone during a photo shoot in February 2012. From Laham’s blog:
That was me in the locker room bathroom shooting portraits of the New York Yankees players with my iPhone. This was not my choice, I wasn’t given the option of studio or bathroom stall and decided on the latter. I joined the chain of photographers at 6am in the confines of the New York Yankees Spring Training facility in Tampa, and took what space I could get and worked with it. Below is a set of images shot with my iPhone and processed through Instagram (I shot others with an ”actual” camera, but these are my selects from my iPhone set).
Although Laham is a professional photographer, the Times’ use of a photo that can be shared so easily (or seemingly could be taken by anyone with an iPhone) has been received with conflicting reactions, ranging from excitement to disappointment:
An Instagram photo leads today's New York Times. I'm not sure how to feel about that.— Anna Griffin (@annargriff) March 31, 2013
Laham’s photo has been licensed through Getty Images.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.