The 10 Most Popular “Photographers” on Instagram

We’ll go ahead and start by saying that we’re using the term “photographer” lightly; in reality we should probably say “users.” But there’s a certain irony to calling celebrity Instagramers “photographers” that we quite enjoy. Unlike Flickr where many of the best loved users are well known photogs showcasing their most recent work, Instagram’s top users are made up entirely of celebrities.

That, of course, is the beauty of Instagram. Everybody gets to be a photographer in their own right. And so, we give you the top 10 most popular “photographers” on Instagram starting from number 10:

10. Snoop Dogg

@snoopdogg : 599,506 followers : 319 photos

Weed smoke, money, bling, and live shows make up the majority of Mr. Dogg’s photography; of course, if you’re looking for a glimpse into the life of an “O.G.” he’s one of the last ones left.

9. Barack Obama

@barackobama : 601,492 followers : 49 photos

The most powerful man in the world’s photo stream isn’t very long, but what’s there consists mostly of snapshots from public showings or private events where the President is meeting his supporters in a more intimate setting. Actually quite inspiring.

8. Zooey Deschanel

@zooeydeschanel : 618,702 followers : 59 photos

The actress has always been more indie/artsy in nature, which makes her one of the more creative and fun users to follow on Instagram.

7. Rihanna

@badgalriri : 774,349 followers : 175 photos

The pop diva is mostly showing off self-portraits and nights out at the club; but if you’re one of her fans, that sort of glimpse into her everyday life may be what you’re looking for.

6. Kylie Jenner

@kylieejennerr : 850,796 followers : 734 photos

The first, but certainly not the last, of the Kardashian-related clan to make the list, Kylie’s Instagram photos show off her everyday life. A life apparently full of color, pretty things and (what else?) self-portraits with friends.

5. Kendall Jenner

@kendallnjenner : 974,489 followers : 373 photos

Sister to Kylie, Kendall’s Instagram stream is made up mostly of food pictures (we like), dog pictures (we also like) and, again, self portraits (we can’t get away from).

4. Taylor Swift

@taylorswift : 1,316,658 followers : 78 photos

The musical starlet’s photos are necessarily more musical, with the occasional studio shot and even a picture of her holding her two grammys. Because of her constant travels they also have a more international feel to them, and many of her compositions aren’t half bad.

3. Selena Gomez

@selenagomez : 1,433,288 followers : 163 photos

Back to self portraits, food shots, and pictures of pretty things. Yet another glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous.

2. Kim Kardashian

@kimkardashian : 1,475,188 followers : 183 photos

The final Kardashian or Kardashian relative on the list, Kim’s photos are almost exclusively self-portraits, pictures with her family, and public events. Expensive shoes also make frequent appearances.

1. Justin Bieber

@justinbieber : 1,499,794 followers : 281 photos

Surprisingly, when the Biebs isn’t taking pictures of himself, his shots can come out quite artistic. His better compositions consist of sunsets, pictures out of plane windows and candid shots of his younger brother and sister.

  • Charles

    God… This is the first time I wanna erase Instagram u_u

  • Tom Murphy

    Sean Murray is also a fantastic landscape and HDR shooter. Justin Bieber?? LOL 

  • WittWendy84

    as Jack implied I am taken by surprise that anyone able to get paid $9586 in one month on the computer. did you see this website ==>> Sure2Go.Blogspot.Com 

  • Knur

    This is horrible. I hate instagram filters !

  • Jackson Cheese

    Why is the word “Photographers” in quotes?

    You might not like Instagram, but it’s still photography.

  • Richard Sheehan

    Who Cares!

  • Richard Sheehan

    Really Kardashian, doesn’t she get enough attention for being famous for absolutely no talent except being ____________ you fill in the blank. I’m so sick of hearing her name and over made up face…

  • Larry

    Because taking pictures doesn’t make you a photographer.


    I typically don’t like over processed photos but I enjoy them in small doses. I usually avoid filters in my post processing but I am also guilty of experimenting with them on Instagram. @cincyimages:twitter 

  • Richard

    Proves the point well that social popularity has nothing to do with anything except social popularity. Flickr (explore), Facebook, and all of these sites with social networking tools drive more use by creating popularity contests and people are suckers for this kind of stuff.

    The nice thing about this is that in (rare) cases it gets a photographer who might not be well recognized otherwise some notice.

  • opiapr

    Download Instagram, take random picture, apply random filter & then claim to be a photographer. What a joke

  • AntiDumbass

     Yes. Larry, it does. Just like operating a car makes you a driver.

  • Joseph Mietus

    Some valid points here:

  • Mathieu Parizeau-Hamel

    Obvious troll is obvious

  • PaulJay

    Mediocrity is a bitch. Including the music.

  • Kikuchiyo

     well, what if they don’t claim themselves as photographers?

  • Kikuchiyo

    i don’t mind mediocrity

  • Melo

    When you grow up you slowly start losing any interest in ‘celebrity’.  As a 38 year old man, I couldn’t care less about Beiber, Kardashian or Snoop Dog for that matter.

    Follow people who inspire you, who share things that resonate with you in a real way.

    As a real photographer I care more about the interaction + photo than I do about how many strangers follow or like it.

    Thanks for the list, but who gives a shit.

  • Throttlehog

    And boiling hot dogs on the stove makes you a cook…

  • Mia139

    What about featuring some actual photographers to follow on Instagram instead of celebrity “photographers”. I love you PetaPixel but really?

  • Secondo

    no. she is a philistine, i won’t talk to her.

  • Steve Waugh

    as Helen said I am in shock that a student can get paid $6990 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you seen this page ===>>

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  • Manny Alvarez

    Thanks for the quotation marks….

  • Coop

    These ARE NOT photographers, they are celebrities.. jesus.

  • Jose Escobar

    You forgot @jae_escobar