Photographers to Follow on Instagram: July 30, 2021

Every day, the PetaPixel Instagram account is sharing excellent photography from our readers and those who inspire us. Here’s a look at some of our recent favorite posts and the photographers behind the lens. Our @PetaPixel Instagram page has been posting all the great work that finds its way in front of our eyes. Want […]

Photographers to Follow on Instagram: July 30, 2021

Every day, Instagram account is sharing excellent photography from our readers and those who inspire us. Here’s a look at some of our recent favorite posts and the photographers behind the lens.

Our @PetaPixel Instagram page has been posting all the great work that finds its way in front of our eyes. Want to see your photos shared on our account? First, you’ll want to follow us. Then use the #petapixel hashtag in your posts to join our Instagram community of photographers. These steps let us easily find what to share.

Below, we recognize a selection of talented photographers who recently had their work featured on @PetaPixel. Keep posting your images with #petapixel and you could find yourself here next week.


Peter Usman, found on Instagram as @peterusmanphoto, is a beauty and fashion photographer based out of Abuja, Nigeria. This electric shot of music producer Milakeyzz defines Usman’s style with a clean backdrop and the three-quarter portrait look or closer. Everything in the frame needs to come together in harmony when photos are this intimate, and his track record for nailing it runs deep.


David Martín Castán, known as @tucucumba on Instagram, is a landscape photographer that has traveled the world in pursuit of his craft. As a workshop leader and online photography course teacher, Castán helps others to feel the joy he has while photographing. This particular photo was taken in Dolomitas, in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo after a big storm.


Carlos Sussmann, known as @kagloosphoto on Instagram, is a still-life photographer specializing in products, food, and beverages. He calls his style “high-end minimalism.” Sussmann clarified, “My intention is to highlight products in a minimalistic environment, so all the attention is focused on the product.”


Matthew Malkiewicz is @losttracksoftime on Instagram and he has found his calling with photographing trains. “My galleries capture my travels and experiences across our countryside,” said Malkiewicz. “Some near home, others far away and remote, all uniquely memorable.” He adds that it’s a passion that brought him to where he is in life today.

In 2014, ran a feature about Malkiewicz’s engaging work.


Karthik Sriraman, or @karthik.carolos on Instagram, is a nature and wildlife photographer based in Chennai, India. During his free time away from being an IT Project Manager, Sriraman seeks out his wildlife subjects like this flamingo. This photo was taken with the Sony Alpha 7 III and 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens, his “go-to” gear for birds and wildlife.

Sriraman’s work has been featured by Discovery, Sony Alpha, and National Geographic, but that notoriety hasn’t stalled his desire to do more. “My dream is to capture the Northern Lights and emperor penguins,” he told PetaPixel.


Be sure to follow us on Instagram to see more work from photographers like you and tag photos with #petapixel for them to be considered for a feature.


Image credits: All photographs used with the permission of their respective photographers.

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Photo Books Are the Cure for the Instagram Disease

Photographer and educator Ted Forbes from the Art of Photography YouTube Channel has published a nine-minute video on the subject of photo books, and how he believes that while they contain art, are also art themselves and are a cure for what many might see as the disease that is Instagram. Forbes says he has […]

Photo Books Are the Cure for the Instagram Disease

Photographer and educator YouTube Channel has published a nine-minute video on the subject of photo books, and how he believes that while they contain art, are also art themselves and are a cure for what many might see as the disease that is Instagram.

Forbes says he has a problem, and the problem is buying photo books before he’s even finished reading the ones he already has. To him, photo books are a wonderful way to interact with an artist because the book is a direct representation of what the photographer wants to convey, and how they want to convey it.

“Books are a passion of mine,” he says. “Unlike sitting there scrolling through social media, there are no likes, follower counts, there is no algorithm, there is no ads. At their best, books are a cohesive group of pictures. They are presented directly to you by an artist. You get a one-on-one interaction.”

Forbes says he buys a lot of books to study, to keep, and to revisit.

“This is where you find the language of photography. When you understand this language, you have an understanding of what has been done before you. What do you have to say? what does your book look like?”

Instagram, and arguably all social media, has altered the method by which a photographer can communicate with an audience. Forbes says that books, which are notably much less popular than any social media account, take so much time, effort, and consideration to put together that they will always be a much more valuable way to understand the mindset of any photographer.

“A well-composed book needs to feel like a symphony. Form, impact, and energy tell a well-crafted story and leave an impression on a reader. They are to be experienced,” Ted says.

Eventually, Ted wants to make his own book, but not for the reasons many people turn to social media. He doesn’t want to become famous, he doesn’t need an ego boost. He wants to do a book because he wants to be part of the history of photography and put himself there for personal reasons. In this sense, it doesn’t matter how many people see what he’s done or notice, but he is part of it all the same.

“Photography is a gift that we all participate in,” Forbes says. “I want my voice to be just one sentence in that large book of history — even if it’s only a short sentence. I want that to say ‘yes, I was here.'”

This video and discussion about photo books are uncommon these days but is a reflection on what photography as an art is and where it stands. How photographers see themselves, the art, and the passion of photography varies from person to person. For Ted, the value might be different than it is for any of his subscribers. But that’s ok: that’s the point of art.

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