Michael Christopher Brown: the world’s best Instagramer?
I’m not planning on getting into another argument about the virtues for and against Instagram but I would like to point out one photographer who, in my opinion, is the best person there is to follow on the photo sharing smartphone application.
Michael Christopher Brown, or @michaelchristopherbrown as he’s known on Instagram, isn’t new to photography. As far as Instagram goes, he is as new to that as anyone is.
Christopher Brown has worked as a photographer for more than a decade but since late 2010 has chosen to use his iPhone as his go-to camera and Instagram as his primary outlet.
From this platform and through his thought and insight as a photojournalist, he’s been granted assignments for TIME Magazine and many others – working most notably in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Libya (pictured).
At present, Christopher Brown is covering the unfolding aftermath of the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.
It was during the tumult of Hurricane Sandy however, that I was first introduced to Christopher Brown’s work.
Along with Ben Lowy, Ed Kashi, Stephen Wilkes and myself, Christopher Brown was commissioned by TIME to photograph the superstorm – using the TIME Instagram feed to provide an up-to-the-minute account of the disaster as it occurred.
It was in fact, also my first introduction to Instagram, which to that point, I’d strongly derided. As a newcomer however – and to this day – it has been Christopher Brown’s whose work on Instagram has always stood out for its consistency, its quality, his choice of content and just as importantly, the distinct lack of narcissism that Instagram accounts often drown in.
In perhaps the ultimate compliment that a photojournalist can be paid, Christopher Brown was named Magnum Photos’ latest nominee in July this year.
For Magnum, an agency often accused of being reluctant to embrace modern ways, this seems a big step. I can only imagine the debate that his work (or his choice of camera, at least) induced among the Magnum membership at their AGM this year…
Nonetheless, it is a testament to Christopher Brown’s work (and Magnum, for that matter) that even a group (amongst whom dinosaurs are thought to roam) were prepared to grant him such a coveted position.
Regardless of what one thinks of Instagram, it is arguably the port whereby the greatest number of visitors come for their photographic intake.
With if nothing more that that in mind, I’d call Michael Christopher Brown the best.
To follow Christopher Brown on Instagram CLICK HERE.
To see more of his work, visit his website HERE.
12 September, 2013.