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Brief Published: 10 Oct 2012

Foundation for Photojournalists


Popular photography app Hipstamatic has launched the Hipstamatic Foundation for Photojournalism, in a bid to educate and support the “next generation of photographic storytellers”.

The development of mobile camera technology has enabled citizens to become increasingly creative when capturing the world around them. The quality of in-built cameras has improved so much that universities and colleges are starting to introduce smartphone photography courses.

The idea behind the foundation is to “create an educational platform, where professionals will be able to give some of their time to educate up-and-coming photographers”, according to Hipstamatic chief executive Lucas Allen Buick in an interview with The British Journal of Photography.

Hipstamatic is developing a special set of digital lenses and film that can be used by budding photojournalists, with the money from sales funding the foundation’s future activities and services.

For more on the rise of the Consumer Creator, see our Industry Trend. Take a more in-depth look at how mobile technology is inspiring amateur creatives in our report Citizen Photographers.