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Instagram has broken its self-imposed mold and is now allowing users to bypass the square photo format in favor of landscape and portrait-oriented images. No longer will you be forced to crop out those on the margins of your group photograph or create images with distracting white borders to ensure your followers see the whole picture. Yes, the Facebook gods have heard your cries!
The adjustment is sure to please print media publishers, professional photographers, and the movie industry, all groups that tend to shy away from the square format.
The Star Wars account has already uploaded a clip from the highly anticipated upcoming film in the new landscape format. You can see why Instagram changed its policy to make it more friendly for content producers like Hollywood — the frame now captures the whole scene without feeling like you’re missing out. The change may also be a nod to Hollywood’s power, since its ad dollars and celebrity power are sure to be a growing force on the image-sharing platform as they turn to monetize the app and capitalize on mainstream interests.
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This isn’t the first loosening of Instagram’s once notoriously strict posting policies. Earlier this month Hootsuite announced that you can now schedule posts on Instagram, making the app a little less “insta” but better for institutions and brands interested in ensuring that their messages go out in smoothly timed intervals.
While these changes may make Instagram easier to use, they do chip away a little at what we’ve come to see as the app’s distinct aesthetic.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.