iStockphoto Releases Mobile Imaging “Pocketography” Infographic

iStockphoto Releases Mobile Imaging “Pocketography” Infographic


Calgary, Canada—iStockphoto (, a popular source for user-generated imagery and multimedia, released an infographic on mobile photo capture and sharing. It focuses on “Pocketography: the democratization of photography” brought about by consumer access to ever-increasing social media applications and ubiquitous smartphone cameras that now offer higher quality sensors and optics.

“When you take high-quality cameraphones, combine them with sophisticated social media apps and put them in the pockets of nearly every human on the planet, what you get is a whole new way of documenting history,” notes iStockphoto. And Pocketography has given rise to new image-sharing sites and a trend toward mobile journalism.

Here are a few of the interesting nuggets included in iStockphoto’s mobile imaging trends infographic.

  • 322 million mobile subscriptions in the U.S.; 6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide
  • 140 billion total photos on Facebook
  • 40 million daily uploads to Instagram
  • Time magazine used mobile photo of Hurricane Sandy for cover image
  • 1.3 million photos of Hurricane Sandy were posted to Instagram at a speed of 10 photos/second.