How Has Social Media Helped Shape Art And Photography?

Social media has helped to shape art and photography in a variety of different ways. In this article we will assess the overall impact that art and photography has had overall .

What Is Social Media?

In order to assess the overall impact of social media it is important to understand what it is and how it can have an impact. Social media is a term used to describe a variety of different applications and websites that allow people across the world to connect , communicate and share stories as well as photos and videos.

Social media is primarily used for people communicating in social groups or societies. But many businesses and photographers are also present on these sites primarily to showcase their work overall and promote themselves.

How Is Social Media Having An Impact On Photography And Art

Social media and art are being impacted by social media in a variety of different ways. One of the most popular platforms for sharing art or photography anywhere online is Instagram. Instagram is a photo and video sharing app which has become extremely popular in the last few years. It is thought to have over a billion active monthly users. It was bought by Facebook in 2012 for around $1 billion. It is thought that the app now could be worth well over three times that amount.

One of the main reasons as to why photographers and artists choose to flock to Instagram other than its popularity is its ease of use and overall functionality. Instagram is a user friendly app which allows people to see posts from across the world using the search feature and the home page feed displays posts from people who the user “follows” on Instagram.

Instagram offers a excellent platform from which users can grow their accounts by interacting with other users. Liking , commenting and following other users leads to more follows as well as interaction with your profile creating a larger following over time.

The impact that applications such as Instagram have had on photography and art overall is significant. Artists and photographers worldwide share work online and encourage sharing of it.

Positives And Negatives Of Using Social Media For Photography And Art

There are of course positives as well as negatives that come as a result of using social media for photography and art overall. One major hurdle is social media moderation. Often this can come a point of contention for artists and photographers as often sites such as Facebook have strict content rules.

This means that some artwork or photography could be banned from Facebook based on their perception of the photography or art. This can often result in unfair deletion or removal of work from the website and lead to dispute between Facebook and the artists/photographers.

Conclusion

Overall there is a lot that can be concluded about the impact that social media has had on the art and photography world. On the whole it would appear that social media has predominantly benefited these areas and has provided a platform from which photographers and artists can share ad showcase their work.