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20 photos of iconic Toronto landmarks on Instagram

Posted by Derek Flack / March 21, 2013

Massey HallWhile a cult of photography purists still denigrate the retro-filter craze brought on by the ubiquity of Instagram and other such apps, for certain subject matter this processed-look just works really well. Case in point: iconic architecture and landmarks. Perhaps it's because we're already over-exposed to such images, but quirky, saturated takes on things like the Gooderham (Flatiron) Building, OCAD, and the Eaton Centre (to name but a few) are reminiscent of cheesy postcards: you wouldn't call them art, but they're fun to look at.

With that in mind, we asked our Instagram followers to upload their favourite photos of Toronto icons and landmarks with the tag #iconicTO. The result is a huge gallery of shots, of which the 20 below are some of the best. Add yours to the pool and we'll can update the post with more photos.

Nathan Phillips SquarePhoto by stilez

Commerce Courtstilez

Subway TorontoPhoto by aryehd

Toronto Buildingsaryehd

AGO TorontoPhoto by detroitburbanite

OCAD TorontoPhoto by stardchiu

Brookfield Place TorontoPhoto by wambamthankyoucam

Honest Ed's TorontoPhoto by cohengilad

Flatiron Building TorontoPhoto by blogTO

Postal TorontoPhoto by jeaniehm

Food Building CNEjeaniehm

Old City Hall TorontoPhoto by jasonfitzzz

Massey HallPhoto by toddhaskins

CN TowerPhoto by gabrielaghisi

Royal Bank Building Torontogabrielaghisi

ROM TorontoPhoto by alesndrs

Queen's Park TorontoPhoto by jamieconamore

Redpath Sugar TorontoPhoto by moremelessyou

Eaton Centre TorontoPhoto by dflack

St. Lawrence Market TorontoPhoto by jenna778



Igor / March 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Handsome photos.
j-rock / March 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm
I'm an amateur photographer, but I have a couple of friends who are pros, and the verdict on Instagram is pretty split. Some definitely look down their noses at it, while others actively engage with it, either by posting their own work, and/or by following other photographers they know, or whose work they enjoy.

I don't use it myself, and I'm the first to admit that a lot of the pictures of peoples' lunches and babies can get pretty boring. But you can find some very good stuff on there. This set is a good example. A couple of these are excellent.

As far as I'm concerned(and for whatever that's worth), anything that gets people thinking about photography, and taking photos is a good thing. A lot of people might be intimidated by the barriers to entry that even amateur photography can present. Even a low-end DSLR with a kit lens will run several hundred dollars, and that's just the beginning. Apps like Instagram have democratized the process, so now people who may not know, or even care for that matter, about aperture, ISO, shutter speeds and f-stops, can take part in what is a really great hobby.
Lorilei Gilmore / March 21, 2013 at 01:05 pm
Really great shots, there's some talent here in Toronto for sure.
Lola / March 21, 2013 at 01:33 pm
where's the biebz?
Lindsay / March 21, 2013 at 01:33 pm
Where was the 3rd photo down taken? That ceiling is beautiful.
Mike replying to a comment from Lindsay / March 21, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Commerce Court North (Bay and King)
Skeezix / March 21, 2013 at 01:40 pm
@Lindsay, it's the banking hall on the ground floor of Commerce Court North near Bay and King Streets.
Miss Kriss replying to a comment from j-rock / March 21, 2013 at 01:42 pm
Well put, J-Rock.
Andrew replying to a comment from Lindsay / March 21, 2013 at 01:45 pm
that ceiling is inside Commerce Court
bosephus / March 21, 2013 at 01:55 pm
Fifth photo from the top is my favourite — that reflection is awesome!
kjones replying to a comment from j-rock / March 21, 2013 at 02:25 pm
Instagram is kind of like Facebook - the best thing about it is that so many people use it. It gives you access to so many other photographers and potential contacts, and even if you never actually use the Instagram filters, it's a great place to post photos either taken with other cameras or the ones you take with your phone and edit with other apps.
James Gonneau / March 21, 2013 at 02:47 pm
These are some pretty good shots, no doubt. A photograph is a photograph is a photograph, regardless if its from a cell phone, a home-made pinhole camera or a large format film camera.

As most images these days spend almost all their time on a computer screen anyway, resolution isn't a problem.

But I think the shock that most people will get when they try to get an "Ansel Adams" sized print out of a cell shot, will show the dividing line of what you can do with such great shots.

As well: I've been hassled using a dSLR while standing beside someone taking a shot with a cell phone, who is ignored. So there is that plus for cell phones as well.
notbelvedere replying to a comment from j-rock / March 21, 2013 at 03:39 pm
yo man that makes v good sense. was an instagram hater, now a tolerant dude. sort of.
McKegs replying to a comment from j-rock / March 22, 2013 at 01:20 pm
I am a photographer and I love Instagram. I just look at it as a toy really. It's just a fun app to have and sometimes you can get cool shots considering it's taken with a cell phone.
Chadwick Gendron / March 22, 2013 at 03:59 pm
Some awesome shots. An good eye is a good eye.
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