In the context of urbanism, technology is often credited for making cities faster, more adaptive and efficient however it’s also keeping us closer connected. City-shapers such as politicians, architects, consultants and developers who are creating positive cities get credited for changing our way of life; yet lost in translation has been the importance of those broadcasting it. A dynamic that is completely changing.
For decades this has been the responsibility of mainstream media, yet thankfully due to technological advancements a less biased and more involved urban paparazzo has emerged. These are the transient younger generation of freelancers who are capturing the animation and life within the world’s major cities. Providing insights into how differing cities have evolved and how societies are interacting with them.
They are the creatives with their feet on the ground, linking a city on one side of the world to another through the lens of a camera. To celebrate the insight these artists provide, we at The Urban Developer have selected 16 of our favorite photographers on Instagram capturing urban life.
“Urbanization is not about simply increasing the number of urban residents or expanding the area of cities. More importantly, it’s about a complete change from rural to urban style in terms of industry structure, employment, living environment and social security.” – Li Keqiang
“The urge for good design is the same as the urge to go on living.” -Harry Bertoia
“Design is not making beauty, beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.” – Louis Kahn
“The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man.”- Roland Barthes
“I really love living in cities where the people living above, below and next to you are from totally different worlds to you.”- Rupert Friend
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane Jacobs
“We live in a time of renaissance … cities are coming back to life, after a long neglect.” – Daniel Libeskind
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” -Coco Chanel
I've been selected to be this week's judge for @Niche's hashtag project along with @fittysense. That being said, we chose a vanishing point theme for the week. For the next three days, tag your pics with #NicheVanishingPoint. Don't forget to tag @fittysense, @Niche and myself in your posts so we can see your photos. We'll start now and on Monday, @Niche will post the featured photo. Note: only real time shots taken between now and Monday will be entered into the running. Good luck!
“The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.” – Lewis Mumford
“To find extraordinary things, go to the ordinary streets!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” – Winston Churchill
Another photo I shot for Apple’s #ShotoniPhone7 campaign. The moments leading up to this shot were truly one of most spectacular moments I've experienced. – We were waiting for sunrise in the cold after a long 10+ hours of non-stop shooting. As the sky became brighter, we were rewarded with a low fog rolling along the river and the sun inching up in the sky. – A big thank you to @chilltron4000 and @mike.0203 for staying up with me all night to capture some spectacular sights. ———— (Do not attempt this yourself.)
“An architect must remember that the people working or living in his building need space – to dream, to be quiet, to find beauty somewhere.” – Christian de Portzamparc
“Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people.” – Jan Gehl
“People are moving into modes of participation and self-generation, which apply to everything from museums and television to architecture.” – Jake Barton
“Information and inspiration are everywhere… history, art, architecture, everything an illustrator needs. ” – John Howe