Instagram Turns 10: How the App Helped Democratize Art

A key beneficiary: fledgling artists. “Instagram allowed me to come into spaces—not even me physically, but my work—and be acknowledged in the same way as photographers I admire,” said Brooklyn photographer Quil Lemons, 23 ( @quillemons ). “If the same people and the same editors follow me and our work is being digested and discussed in the same way, then who’s to say we aren’t equals?”

In its first decade, the platform has shifted the art world—for better or worse. Mr. Lemons, who first “published” his photos documenting young LGBTQ+ people of color on Instagram and now shoots for publications […]


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