When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched Instagram in 2010, no one foresaw the effect the photo-sharing app would have — not only on the
technology industry, but on the way we see the world.
Initially a very visual way to keep up with friends and
favorite celebrities, Instagram quickly grew to represent
much more. Suddenly, users could reach thousands,
sometimes millions, of viewers with one click of the
button, and the network became a platform for
photographers of all skill levels to showcase their work
from every corner of the earth. It also became an
unparalleled way for people to learn about far-flung
destinations, immersing themselves in cities through
the eyes of locals who use their images to showcase the
places where they live, work— and post. Follow these
five Instagram accounts, and get ready to embark on
your own international exploration.
Influential Instagrammers let you immerse yourself
in the hidden charms of a destination, wherever you are.
BY AMANDA FRIEDMAN
A world of inspiration, clockwise from top left: Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, Abidjan.