Photos that demonstrate how the social media platform also functions as an artistic space.

1. Gueorgui Pinkhassov

"Instagram is a showcase. You engage an interested public with your latest success—or not. You rise, you fall. This excites me, and at the same time disciplines me."

Madrid, 2016.

Madrid, 2016.

Japan, 2015.

Japan, 2015.

Barcelona, 2017.

Barcelona, 2017.

Korea, 2015.

Korea, 2015.

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2. Matt Black

"The advantage of Instagram is the ability to directly connect with your audience, and to build conversations around your work. I have used it in that way as I have traveled across the U.S. for my project The Geography of Poverty."

A cattle auction in Alturas, California, 2016.

A cattle auction in Alturas, California, 2016.

A fence post in Allensworth, California, 2014.

A fence post in Allensworth, California, 2014.

Snowfall in Flint, Michigan, 2016.

Snowfall in Flint, Michigan, 2016. 

A ranch house in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, 2017.

A ranch house in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, 2017.

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3. Alec Soth

"Social media platforms like Instagram shift the role of photography from documentation to conversation. I use Instagram to explore that shift, as well as to share pictures of my dog."

A photographer turning the camera on himself is not unlike a marksman turning a gun on himself. — #unselfie gun target, circa 2008.

A photographer turning the camera on himself is not unlike a marksman turning a gun on himself. — #unselfie gun target, circa 2008.

Curator Fei Dawei being interviewed on multiple streaming apps. Maybe this social media thing is getting a little out of control?

Curator Fei Dawei being interviewed on multiple streaming apps. Maybe this social media thing is getting a little out of control?

#underwaterunselfie.

#underwaterunselfie.

#francis-bacon-selfie

#francis-bacon-selfie

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A version of this story originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Pacific Standard, which was produced in partnership with Magnum Photos. Follow them on Instagram here. Subscribe to Pacific Standard now and get eight issues/year or purchase a single copy of the magazine. For more visuals from our feature stories, follow us on Instagram as well. 

Lead Photo: (Photo: Santiago Gomez/Unsplash)

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