Instagram over the last few years has become many people’s source of photography. Not only does it have huge power as a way for photographers to promote their work, it also has the power to inspire and change people’s perceptions about a place. I always find myself gravitating towards accounts which are full of humanity. I love finding smiles and joy on my feed, as well as portraits and visions of people’s lives around the world. I could have made a huge list of people who manage to capture the beauty of humanity tremendously well, but I limited to 7 of my favourites at the moment. Go and check them out too!
Tanzanian photographer Sam Vox is one of my very favourites. His feed is full of stunning natural light, portraits and street life of his home country and those nearby. From his feed, you get a very different vision of Africa. Instead of one of poverty which we so often see in the media, you get glimpses of joy and happiness. You see kids playing in the waves and elders playing board games on colourful street corners. Every image he posts takes me closer to Tanzania, and I always look forward to seeing who he captures next.
Quest for Beauty is the project of Italian photographer Sara Melotti. You may know her from her main account, which features dreamy staged shots of her posing in beautiful scenery around the world. But it’s this project, Quest For Beauty which captures me most. Her project looks at the projection of beauty, and how it often has nothing to do with looks. Sara tracks the world capturing faces of women in countries ranging from India to Ethiopia to her own country of Italy. She accompanies some of the photographs with stories and interviews which you can read more in depth on the project’s website.
Incredibly talented young street photographer Holly-Marie Cato has been on our follow list for a while now. Originally from London, she spends a lot of time travelling now, from Hong Kong to India to the USA. Everywhere she goes she captures beautiful joyous pictures of people in their natural setting. Her portraits are superb, and from her images I feel like I can grasp a lot of her personality behind the camera, as she makes people so calm and comfortable.
We recently had Dewi Natalia publish a photo essay for us and she completely blew us away. Her images, taken all around Asia, have such an intimate view of people’s daily lives. From Cambodia, to China, to India and her home country of Indonesia, Dewi has a tremendous talent for capturing expressions and culture. She’s currently in China, and we can’t wait to see her pictures from an upcoming trip to Myanmar.
Started by photographer and educator Rebecca Crook, Everyday Education is a celebration of education around the world. The beautiful pictures are found through the hashtag #everydayeducation and really give a deep insight into the way people are educated in different places. It’s a wonderful idea and I look forward to seeing it grow and hopefully showcasing photos of education from all around the globe.
London based documentary and wedding photographer Muna Ally travels to places like Tanzania and Morocco photographing portraits of the local culture and people. Her main focus is The Kanga Project, a charity she founded in Zanzibar, Tanzania gifting women women with pieces of Kanga Fabric. It’s a piece of fabric with a lot of meaning and use to these women, and her photos capture just how much joy a simple gift can bring to their lives.
Alice Aedy is another London based photographer who specialises in documentary work. Alice has spent a lot of time documenting the refugee crisis and her photographs of people travelling across Europe to find shelter and safety are incredibly moving. She has also recently travelled to Iran, where she shot beautiful portraits and pictures of local life on film.
Tell us some of your favourite photographers and instagrammers in the comments below!
Annapurna Mellor is a travel photographer, writer and co-founder of Roam Magazine. She fell in love with Asia shortly after graduating and has since spent extensive periods travelling and photographing in India, Nepal, Myanmar and many more. She shoots regularly for brands and publications and her work can be found in National Geographic Traveller Magazine, Lonely Planet, Suitcase and The Guardian. When not on the road, she is based in Manchester, UK.