Is Mobile Photography Underrated?

Well, so say all of us it is, here at we’ve been advocating it for many years now. Award winning photographer Benjamin Lowy will be Judging the Head On Mobile competition, that we just mentioned here – as well as that he will be hosting a workshop in Sydney for the event.

He began his career covering the Iraq War in 2003.  Since then he has covered major stories worldwide, including the wars in Afghanistan and Darfur, the Libyan Uprising, the Haitian Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. At the moment Ben is in Sochi photographing the Winter Olympics.

Whatever the event, Ben isn’t afraid of using a mobile phone to capture extraordinary images. Not convinced?  Do Ben’s workshop!

“If you believe that Hipstamatic and Instagram could inspire tens of millions of people to become more interested in ‘serious’ photography, then think of Mr Lowy as a prophet urging others to abandon out-dated and elitist ways. If, on the other hand, you believe that iPhone photography — and the Hipstamatic app, in particular — are the work of the Devil, then you can think of Mr Lowy as his messenger.” James Estrin, New York Times

We’ll be publishing more details about this workshop very soon…


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:


  • Chris Monty

    Nothing irks me more when I show someone one of my iPhone photos than when they say, “Too bad you didn’t have a nice SLR with you.” No, it’s too bad you can’t appreciate a great photo for the beautiful piece of art that it is. The best camera is the one you have on you.

  • Carlos

    One of the comments I get often is, ” Oh it is just an iPad”.
    It must be my age that I find the iPad to be a remarkable device. But for many people it is such a common sight that they do not appreciate the amount of work and technology invested in these devices. Regardless, it doesn’t make any difference. Those people do not read this website because are not interested in mobile device photography. For me it’s all about the experience that comes with capturing images with whatever camera I have in my hand whether it be a mobile device or a fancy DSLR.