The phones on mobile devices are getting better. The filters on apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic can often enhance the outcome. Is a photojournalist’s eye enough to make turn these amateur technologies into professional formats of journalism?
â€śConsider Nick Utâ€™s photograph of a naked young Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalmedÂ village, the thousands of photos of atrocities committed at Abu Ghraib, or Ken Jareckeâ€™sÂ chilling photo of a charred Iraqi soldier during the first Gulf War â€“ each simulated onÂ digital Polaroid paper in between photos of cocktails and kittens on an Instagram feed.â€ť â€“ Meryl AlperÂ
Itâ€™s an ongoing debate: Should photojournalists use apps like Instagram as they document conflict? And how should they use them?