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10 Toronto photographers to follow on Instagram

Posted by Derek Flack / April 26, 2013

Toronto instagram photographersIt's not really possible to do a "top 10" Toronto photographers on Instagram post, if only because of the sheer number of people who use the ever more popular social media platform. Whittling it down to a list of 50 would actually still be quite challenging and hopelessly subjective. So please note: this is not that. What it is, on the other hand, is an attempt to get a conversation started about all the great stuff that local shooters are doing with their phones. Have a look through the catalogues of the folks below, and you're likely to reconsider what these humble cameras can capture.

This list represents some of the folks whose photos of Toronto I've been particularly impressed with. But given that my exposure to the tens of thousands of people on Instagram is by necessity limited, I'd ask that you share some of your favourite users in the comments section, such that we can collectively assemble a list that will prove useful for those looking to up the eye candy quotient in their lives.

tonoariki
Although there's lots of processing done to these photos outside of the Instagram app itself, they're all shot with an iPhone. Jealous yet? While they wouldn't hold up if printed in a particularly large size, tonoariki's photos look near-perfect at 612x612.

Jason Fitzzz Torontojasonfitzzz
One of the things that's so great about a collection like this one is the range of locations it shows off. These are gorgeous snippets of the city and the perfect way to get a regular dose of Toronto.

tahaphoto
When street photography was young, it was all about the freedom of the Leica rangefinder or 35mm in general. I tend to think of how that same flexibility defines the best camera phone photography. Even if you process later, you have to get that capture. And if there's one thing that's on display in this stream, it's how well this photographer composes on the fly.

Street Art in Toronto
Is an extra description really necessary? For your daily dose of street art in Toronto, this is one of the best IG accounts to follow. I particularly like the fact that the documentation is varied and doesn't focus exclusively on one crew or a narrow range of writers.

Stilez TorontoStilez
Stilez has some great shots of Toronto's urban landscape, but it's shots of DJ sets and live music that set this stream apart from the others on the list. There are some stunning pics here.

normster
If you like dogs, bikes, and awesome shots of the TTC and Toronto skyline, follow this account. Oh, and the travel pics are pretty fabulous too.

Buzz Buzz Home
Not just a photostream through which to stay on top of recent development projects around the city, there are some beautiful shots of Toronto (and sometimes other cities here). Some of them are a bit too processed for my liking, but I don't know, they look great on a phone.

Soteeoh Torontosoteeoh
We've featured lot's of soteeoh's shots in our weekly Instagram roundups, and for good reason. He consistently depicts Toronto in the most appealing light. You can catch some of his other work at 1LoveTO and on his Tumblr.

Srawnak
How do you get over 15K on Instagram? If you're not a celebrity, one way to do this is by taking excellent photos, and that's exactly what you'll find here.

Dave Hong
While the subject matter here is heavily focused on Toronto landmarks, Hong tends to present such familiar subject matter in a fresh way that perfect for perusing while riding along on the streetcar or killing a few minutes on your phone.

BONUS

King and Bay Torontoblogto
As if I wasn't going to include us on this list. We're all over town posting our experiences of the city, including photo challenges, skyline shots, food and drink pics and pretty much everything else that makes Toronto an interesting city to live in.

So who have I missed? There's got to be lots of great photographers to suggest in the comments below, so please do!

Lead photo by tahaphoto, subsequent photos by jasonfitzzz, stilez, soteeoh and blogto

Discussion

102 Comments

Daniel Hritzkiv / April 26, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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@konstruktivist shouldn't be left off (http://instagram.com/konstruktivist)
laura / April 26, 2013 at 03:57 pm
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Definitely check out @zackvitiello too.
Freaktography / April 26, 2013 at 04:08 pm
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http://instagram.com/freaktography

@Freaktography
Freaktography / April 26, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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not that I'm as awesome as that list - but follow me if you like :)
Jaclyn / April 26, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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Awesome Toronto burgers account @burgersTO will have you drooling!
Angie / April 26, 2013 at 04:25 pm
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Great list guys!

Can I suggest
http://instagram.com/punkodelish?
Girl / April 26, 2013 at 04:28 pm
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check out http://web.stagram.com/n/torontobluejay/

he's my fave!
kara / April 26, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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http://instagram.com/zackvitiello is one of my favourites! (@zackvitiello)
Girl / April 26, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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http://instagram.com/torontobluejay
Gilad / April 26, 2013 at 04:36 pm
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@griffian @shellche @lammer @nickkova @stevenderson @tom_t are all killer too.
dontfitzmebro replying to a comment from Gilad / April 26, 2013 at 04:38 pm
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@griffian !!!!
hipstagram_416 / April 26, 2013 at 04:44 pm
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Great list !!
decoderdm / April 26, 2013 at 04:45 pm
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Punkodelish she has over 17l followers and she from TO.
decoderdm / April 26, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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Punkodelish she has over 17l followers and she is from TO.
Bev / April 26, 2013 at 04:48 pm
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@ardenstreet has got some great street photography shots. Like this one. http://instagram.com/p/YNm1Y0LGjK/
Bellybell / April 26, 2013 at 05:09 pm
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Everyone should check out @torontobluejay ...he takes some amazing city photos! Very creative!
Cindy / April 26, 2013 at 05:09 pm
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@rlguballa
Todd / April 26, 2013 at 05:27 pm
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check out Laird Kay, thelairdco.com He showed at The Artist Project and won the Sony award - really cool stuff !!
Malik / April 26, 2013 at 06:05 pm
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I second bellybell's comment. @Torontobluejay's pictures are absolutely wonderful! They'll leave you stunned, wondering where and how!
FrancisA replying to a comment from Angie / April 26, 2013 at 06:23 pm
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I follow and this is a great suggestion :)

http://instagram.com/francisallard
Stilez / April 26, 2013 at 08:29 pm
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Thx for the love.
I also echo what some have already said & fully endorse @TorontoBlueJay. Inspiring work. I already follow the others :)
decoderdm replying to a comment from decoderdm / April 26, 2013 at 09:14 pm
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I meant to say over 171 thousand followers on IG and is from TO. Soory about the weird double typo post.
MiaBaron / April 27, 2013 at 12:10 am
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I've following this girl's blog for a while, now she does cartoons on her instagram. They touch my heart: http://instagram.com/anicastillo
Jesse ship / April 27, 2013 at 11:41 am
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Agreed! @Konstruktivist has over 120k followers and has worked on some high profile campaigns, one alongside Scott Schumann aka The Sartorialist!
Jobye / April 27, 2013 at 11:56 am
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Yeah, you guys need to follow a co-worker of mine :P.

http://instagram.com/csmartfx
Justin / April 27, 2013 at 01:13 pm
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An insiders view from within the film and photo industry : http://instagram.com/eyecandyedward
Blah / April 27, 2013 at 02:47 pm
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Are all these people tourists, the instagrams are really standard. BlogTO, always thinking inside the box. Quit playing it safe...
Pablo / April 27, 2013 at 04:18 pm
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Great article!! It's inspiring seeing Toronto through the eyes of others...
To add to your list, check out http://instagram.com/bruvyman He has some pretty amazing photos and lots for dog lovers as well!
TorontoGirl / April 27, 2013 at 06:08 pm
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@tahaphoto - sweet! He's got my fave feed of Toronto. Authentic and honest. Nice pick!
hosting / April 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm
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TorontoRebel / April 28, 2013 at 05:41 am
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I definitely think @wambamthankyoucam should be on this list! Everyone go check out his feed its quite amazing.
OfThe416 / April 28, 2013 at 08:28 am
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Not a lot of followers but you should check out http://instagram.com/shutterjet Also http://instagram.com/bruvyman and http://instagram.com/shellche are most excellent.
Gustavo / April 28, 2013 at 11:25 am
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I agree with 'Blah'... They're pretty but so touristy. I want to see what toronto does for fun.
wambamthankyoucam / April 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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TorontoRebel has great compositions check him out @TorontoRebel.
Jon Swenson / April 28, 2013 at 07:05 pm
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Great list - also check out _natalieroth_ in TO. Her pics are rad . Also worth checking out: CONTACT is holding an Instagratification photography show next week with lots of TO instagrammers.
Stilez replying to a comment from Gustavo / April 30, 2013 at 11:51 am
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cc @Blah Born & raised in Toronto :) Nothing like being a tourist in your own city. What type of pics in particular are you thinking of though? I'm actually going to start a new series of Instagram photos that focus on the "Bad areas" of Toronto e.g. Regent Park, Jane & Finch, Lawrence Heights, Malvern, Cataraqui, Glendower, Jamestown, etc.. Places where most people are not keen on going to in the city.
Stilez replying to a comment from Blah / April 30, 2013 at 11:52 am
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Refer to my reply above :)
Jason Paris / April 30, 2013 at 03:40 pm
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@JasonParis if I may suggest! ;)
Greg Samuel / April 30, 2013 at 03:49 pm
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You goto checkout my boy http://instagram.com/jalanimorgan/#
Reppin replying to a comment from Stilez / April 30, 2013 at 04:09 pm
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What do you know about Parma Court
Stilez replying to a comment from Reppin / April 30, 2013 at 10:44 pm
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What do you know about Varna Court? ;)
Allan / May 1, 2013 at 01:27 pm
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You guys do realize that half these people take photos on their DSLRs and upload them to instagram right? Basically defeating the purpose of instagram?
TO / May 1, 2013 at 02:47 pm
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Scarlet O'Neill! @scarletoneill Beautiful photos, beautiful girl and an adorable dog!
normster replying to a comment from Allan / May 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm
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Allan i can speak for 8 of the 10 and they are ALL mobile and iphone. 1 uses a ipod touch. Brush up on what the phone can do :)
hipstagram_416 / May 2, 2013 at 03:10 pm
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@konstruktivist and @Punkodelish should have been on that list for sure !! Congrats to @tahaphoto !!

Check out my Toronto iPhoneography feed ... NO DSLR & NO PC/Mac editing - 100% iPhone !

http://instagram.com/hipstagram_416


TOart&design / May 2, 2013 at 09:02 pm
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AMD Collective!
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msjag / May 7, 2013 at 08:04 pm
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Definitely follow @chowhoundgta on Instagram, and on Twitter is you love good quality food, dining, and restaurant experiences in Toronto.
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How do you not include Canada's most popular IGer and no woman?
Mike / July 11, 2013 at 09:27 am
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This girl takes photos of Toronto downtown: http://instagram.com/alla7
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Adam / January 13, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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I would add the group from Roaming Focus to the list.

http://instagram.com/roamingfocus

They are currently doing a 365 instagram project featuring some incredible images from around Toronto and beyond.
Chowhoundgta / January 20, 2014 at 12:34 am
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Definitely follow http://instagram.com/chowhoundgta
Steve Parson / February 1, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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No list of Toronto photogs is complete without Andy Brooks www.blackandwhitephotography.ca and Trevor Little www.trevorlittle.ca/
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sol_v23 / May 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Check out http://instagram.com/macey_ba for some incredibly touching shots of Toronto.
benny / May 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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@slashixxi too!
Andrea / May 28, 2014 at 10:29 pm
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http://instagram.com/therobledo great photos from a tourist point of view.
mc6 / May 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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as already mentioned, @konstruktivist should be on here for sure! Amazing photographer.
Gaby / May 28, 2014 at 10:39 pm
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http://instagram.com/madebyildi - @madebyildi
ani / May 28, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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@anihajderaj

i post all types of stuff :)
Francois / May 28, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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@fmda #torontoiphoneography
anna / May 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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Don't forget @seattlestravels
cats / May 28, 2014 at 10:55 pm
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http://instagram.com/alex.wong and http://instagram.com/innvtn should be on here. You guys are missing out if you haven't followed them yet.
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TOstreetART / May 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm
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StreetArtToronto is so generic and no good.
The best TO street art and Graf photography comes from @steveward_ !! His shots shame all others!!
chrissy / May 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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Amazing photographer/ videographer/ cinematographer.... follow4follow @ h_loves_films
Dennis / May 29, 2014 at 01:01 am
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One of my favourite accounts is @toronto_lens #myhiddentoronto and @candidcameraman #torontophoto

All the accounts in the comments are worthy of the top 10
me / May 29, 2014 at 01:45 am
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@thejoeiknow
got_josh / May 29, 2014 at 02:01 am
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I was hoping to make the list with the #bellpayphoneproject. Check it out for your daily dose of future nostalgia and local payphoneography. www.instagram.com/bellpayphoneproject
Cheech / May 29, 2014 at 07:58 am
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http://instagram.com/cheechandbong# - Toronto Graffiti Archive
Your Mysterious Friend / May 29, 2014 at 08:07 am
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@mymysteriousfriend is taking a picture right behind you. Toronto and some really good secrets.
robyn / May 29, 2014 at 08:51 am
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You have to check out Marni Belavin's photography.

I think she is a great contender for the 10 ten revised list!

Her instagram is mar nib and her 500px is 500px.com/marni33
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robyn / May 29, 2014 at 08:52 am
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Typo

Marni's instargram is marnib
EveryonesOpinion / May 29, 2014 at 10:13 am
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I echo many of the others on here and you guys have totally left out @TorontoBlueJay - really great shots!!
Stewart / May 29, 2014 at 10:30 am
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Lots of pretty pictures of geometric patterns. But let's face it. Most of Toronto's interesting architecture has been torn down. Thanks to condo development along the lakeshore, there are few interesting vistas. Pictures of streets (including graffiti, which anyone can take) without people, or with posed people is not street photography. Technically good but lifeless. Where are the stories?
Emily / May 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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I can't believe @edwardrow isn't on here!!
Really showcases Toronto in a different way. Http://instagram.com/edwardrow
Francis Margallo / May 29, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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loves nature & urban photography @francis.mrqz & @iammar!
Di / May 29, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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include ms_keys

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Toronto_Vintager / May 29, 2014 at 08:14 pm
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Add to the list Torontonians @Anerdsworld @GraceTheNerd for both photography and cool vintage cameras
Jay / May 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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Oh @jeffdownthestreet I love his stuff
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Carl / August 13, 2014 at 12:31 am
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www.instagram.com/eythandam .. legendary toronto instagrammer!
Carl / August 13, 2014 at 12:32 am
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Fedoseyev Photography / August 27, 2014 at 09:40 pm
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Please welcome to Toronto Portrait Photography
http://instagram.com/fedoseyev.photography
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BORING. Do you really think an all-male list is acceptable? These guys all post the exact same photos.
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Toronto architecture, abstract, and street.

http://instagram.com/petercrock
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