Instagram’s role in democratizing photography has also devalued it despite increasing its demand.
If I were to sit here and think about all the apps and communities that have added value to photography, I’d say that Instagram isn’t one of them despite it changing the way that we communicate more in pictures than anything else. I’d give credit to Tumblr, Behance, EyeEm (also questionable due to their AI rankings of your images), and despite how awful they’ve become over the years, 500px and Flickr. These were places and communities for actual creatives. Tumblr was all the rage for a while when it changed, and arguably it’s a place for creatives all over again with just how much emphasis there is on giving credit to creators. Instagram allowed anyone to be a “photographer” and also allowed more people to become professional photographers. But what I actually think is the bigger issue is that it has also arguably devalued the price of an image.