Over the years, digital and mobile photography has gone through several aesthetic evolutions: from campy Hipstamatic filters to today’s crisp, clean film-inspired edits. While there are countless photo-editing apps, VSCO is by and large the preferred tool for the majority of the new generation of photographers. Even though Instagram continues to dominate the photographic social media landscape, VSCO themselves also host an incredible network focused exclusively on images crafted within their editing program.
As such, we’ve teamed up with our friends at the tech company to compile an exclusive list representing a selection of some of their best users. In our list of the 10 best VSCO accounts, you’ll see the industry-leading editing app applied at it’s best, and hopefully find new inspiration for your own photographic pursuits.
Michael Kusumadjaja is a photographer/creative born in Indonesia, currently living in Atlanta. He has created visuals on a variety of media platforms from advertising campaigns to magazine editorials, artist branding, music videos and film. Traveling and constantly learning from other creatives around the world is an instrument that keeps him inspired and VSCO is a great tool for that.
Ta-ku is based out of Perth, Australia. He comes from what many would consider the world’s most isolated city but considers himself blessed to be able to travel a lot and capture things he normally wouldn’t see at home. Portraits as of late have become his main inspiration.
Hanif Castle is from Paterson, NJ and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. What inspires his photography are things that are tangible like people, books, places, as well as the intangibles like emotions. He loves to create photos that are a bit hard to define; an image that is archetypical, but an in-depth image that forces to viewer to really look at the image for longer than usual.
Chris Cody lives in Austin, TX. Most people that know him from the internet think his first name is Cody but it’s not. Right now Chris is super into night photography. Like what gas stations look like at night or using neon signs in portraits. He’s always been into scale so mixing that with night photography has been fun. Chris tries his best to keep evolving and thinks it’s important to have a recognizable voice in what your creating, but to keep people guessing.
Joshua is from Houston, TX but will be calling Los Angeles home soon. He thinks that there’s too much inspiration to put into words or include in a list but he’s inspired by life experience, design, architecture, cinema, people watching and sound; just to name a few. The images he enjoys creating the most are images that tell stories. Whatever the story may be, fictional or not, and the viewer gets to decide what that story is for themselves.
Soren has been shooting street styles for his website The Locals and clients like Vogue since 2007. When he’s out on the street, he’s drawn to people that embody a unique personal style with an edge and a mix of current trends and timeless pieces. Søren is based between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Cologne, Germany, but spends most of his time traveling the world.
From Montreal, Canada, Koku is passionate about all aesthetic fields. He takes pleasure in documenting his day to day life. With an iPhone as his weapon of choice, he’s steadily on the hunt for the perfect composition while preserving a minimalist approach, and remaining true to his environment. He’s inspired by ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
James Lacroix is based in the Midwest and calls Grand Rapids, MI home, collaborating with brands on a regular basis worldwide. The work James creates is focused on is portraits and he utilizes many lighting techniques. Most of his current work is shot in a studio because he find that controlling all of the elements in a photograph pushes him creatively.
New York based, but originally from Taipei, Samalive always wanted to travel to new cities and explore natural wonders. It reminds him of how big and beautiful this world can be. Portraiture is his favorite style of photography because he finds that personality is the most challenging to capture.
Based out of Cape Town, South Africa,Tony manages to address serious social issues through her eye-catching, free-flowing modern self- portrait styled art. Gum is inspired by filmmakers, revolutionists, women, xhosa culture and people in general, she tries her best to depict her observations through composition and aesthetic.
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