Benjamin Lowy on Historical Events via Instagram

Benjamin Lowy, a documentary photographer, began his career in 2003 covering the Iraq War. Since then, Lowy has covered events, such as, Hurricane Sandy, Ferguson Riots, March across Brooklyn Bridge, Super Bowl XLIX and Blizzard of 2015.

Lowy graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has received awards on his photography from American Photography, Communication Arts and Word Press Photo.

TIME magazine selected Lowy as one of five photojournalists to cover Hurricane Sandy via Instagram.

On Instagram, Lowy publishes his photographs with captions describing the location, date and cause of the event.

On Nov. 25, 2014, Lowy posted a photo of a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Lowy captioned the photo, “a riot of police officer wades into a cloud of tear gas as numerous police units respond to the destruction of a police car parked outside the Ferguson City Hall.” He also gives background on how President Obama plans to respond to the riots in Ferguson.

Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.
Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.

A few days later, on Dec. 4, 2014, Lowy published a photo of protestors angered by the grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the Eric Garner case. Protestors crowded and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.
Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.

Moving forward to Feb. 1, 2015, Lowy uploaded a variety of photos covering Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona. Photos

Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.
Photo by Benjamin Lowy via Instagram.

include, Katy Perry glimmering during Halftime show and Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, throwing a pass.

Also more recently, Lowy uploaded photos from the Blizzard of 2015. On Jan. 27, 2015, he published a photo of a female sitting on top of a snowman. In his caption, Lowy compared his experience from the Blizzard to when he documented Hurricane Sandy.

His photographs on Instagram highlight on a variety of historical events, whether it has been a protest, unusual weather conditions or a big sport event. Lowy focuses on key points during the events and provides in-depth captions that give viewer’s content of the location, date and purpose of the event. His Instagram post are both visually appealing and informative.


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