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No editing, no hashtags: Dispo wants you to live in the moment

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No editing, no hashtags: Dispo wants you to live in the moment

Image caption: Dispo turns the concept of a photography app into something altogether different. Image: Katya Sapozhnina, Diana Morgan, Amanda Luke. Article by Jane Seidel. Protocol – February 24, 2021.

David Dobrik’s new photography app harkens back to the days of the disposable camera.

Instagram was once a place to share Starbucks cups and high-contrast pet photos. After Facebook acquired it in 2012, it has turned into a competition of getting as many likes as possible (using the same formula over and over: post the best highly-curated, edited photos with the funniest captions). More recently, it’s essentially become a shopping mall, with brands falling over themselves to be heard through the noise. Doing something “for the gram” — scaling buildingsposting the same cringe picture over and over — became the norm. Pop-up museums litter cities with photo ops for posts; “camera eats first”; everything can be a cute Instagram story; everything is content. […]

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