Thanks to Instagram, we can experience far away places, exotic scenes, culturally significant events, mentally stimulating and downright gorgeous images from all over the world. Adding a few (or all) of these talented photographers to your feed can enrich your life with purposefully captured visuals and impressions from places you may have traveled yourself, or new destinations you have yet to visit.
Here are 30 skilled and insightful photographers to follow on Instagram for a life boost.
1. Pei Ketron
Raised between tropical Taiwan and the deserts of Arizona, Ketron has travel in her blood. She shares stunning images of her ventures, as well as her commercial and humanitarian work, with her nearly half a million followers.
2. Ervin Raska
With an eye for structure, Raska captures the modern urbanscape of the U.K. in images ranging from minute to magnificent, and always pleasing.
A professional photographer and film director, Aiala covers the pristine as well as the highly constructed in her travel, food, still life and beauty photography.
Laura’s painting skills seep into her photographic extensions. Her Instagram feed flows with movement and utter simplistic beauty.
Photo columnist for Architectural Digest Germany, Sebastian is a lover of concrete and sees the beauty in the lines and curves of the city.
6. Iwan Baan
Interested in the relationship between architecture and the people who influence it, Baan captures social currents and daily life through the structures that are born from the people.
7. Ed Kashi
Moved by social issues, from climate change to social unrest, Ed is a photojournalist who captures some of the most impactful cultural happenings in our world with a surprisingly intimate eye. His captions connect us to the the real people at the other end of stories we might brush past as a headline.
A Portuguese architect turned full time architectural photographer, Guerra utilizes his deep understanding of the craft and calculation behind the breathtaking symmetry which unfolds in different structures.
9. Lauren Bath
Known as “Australia’s first professional Instagramer”, Bath takes beauty shots of the Australian continent for a living. With plenty of ground to cover, she’s got her work cut out for her, and we’re more than happy to be along for the ride.
10. Nicolee Drake
A Rome based photographer, Drake offers street fashion-type images featuring the framework and accents which set the Italian city apart from anywhere else in the world.
11. Tono Ariki
Urban landscape and architecture are the mainstays of this stream. Ariki has an eye for symmetry and double meanings in the visual world.
Leave it to a Swedish photographer to produce images with such a perfect grapple on minimalism, with clean lines and crisp, stunning architecture.
13. Joanna Lemanska
Though she doesn’t shy away from the Eiffel Tower altogether, it’s the everyday moments of casual beauty that really make Lemanska’s Parisian snapshots stand out. Great for those days when you wish you were in Paris, which, let’s be honest, is most days.
Trained as an artificial intelligence scientist, Sjekko creates a world that exists between the magical and the systematic in a genre labeled “Magical Realism”. Offering short verses with images, we are granted a little peek into the photographer’s everyday journal which teeters between the commonplace and the spiritual.
A National Geographic photojournalist, Guttnefelder has covered news in more than 75 countries and was named the 2014 Instagram photographer of the year by TIME magazine.
16. Beth Kirby
There’s food porn, and then there’s food and travel photography executed in a highly stylized and aesthetically conscious way. Kirby’s feed is the latter, relying on naturally or constructed alluring settings and tapping into the subtleties of new experiences related to food, as in the mushroom foraging trip featured above.
17. Jeorge Nicht
Based in Berlin, Nicht captures the energy of urban life throughout Europe, or in his words, “Impressions of cities in motion.”
18. Ali Jardine
Allusions to classic stories and pop culture mixed with dreamy landscapes and a touch of the metaphysical, Jardine’s iphone-only edits will expand your imagination and have you asking, “Is there an app for that?”
19. Melissa Vincent
Along similar fantastical lines, Melissa Vincent shares her vision of Mississippi in a style she calls “Southern Surrealism”. She sometimes alters images and sometimes simply captures the natural when it infringes on supernatural, all on its own.
20. Martina Bisaz
Part-time scientific illustrator at the archaeology department of Zurich, part-time freelance photographer and illustrator, Bisaz brings a unique perspective to the natural world she explores. Her drawings and illustrations can be found on her official website linked on her Instagram.
21. Q. Sakamaki
Born and raised in Japan, Sakamaki moved to New York to write on American cultural phenomenon for Japan. He transitioned into human rights photography and has since photographed cultural happenings internationally as well as candid shots of his adopted, and original cities.
22. Tommy Ton
Credited as the originator of street style fashion photography, Ton is a must for anyone interested in expanding their pulse on the fashion world.
23. Garance Doré
Lifestyle and fashion blogger and writer, Doré will keep you in the know with what’s what, while maintaining her approachable and fun demeanor.
24. Robbie Shone
From breathtaking aerials to incredibly rare visions of previously unexplored caves, Shone strives to capture images we’ve never been able to see before.
A prominent Swedish nature and landscape photographer, Collin captures and shares “beautiful things” with his over 900,000 Instagram followers.
26. Karen Grubb
Self-proclaimed “part-time adventurer, full time daydreamer”, Grubb seeks the serene and the lovely in a personal, but majestic way.
27. Fran Perente
An architectural and interior design photographer, Perente shares simplicity and elegant layouts across domestic and urban settings alike.
28. Herbert Schröer
Inviting and serene, Schröer’s work is purposeful, stunning and a vibrant expression of both the natural and developed versions of the world as we see it.
29. Mr. 007
Based in Tokyo, one of the most highly designed and efficient cities in the world, Mr. 007’s Instagram features pattern heavy black and whites of exactitude and brilliance.
30. Ami Vitale
National Geographic photographer Vitale’s work spans the globe and captures life, both human and animal, in its most wild and varied forms.
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