Viewing the world via smartphone

Steve Jobs may be gone, but a generation of acolytes is capitalizing on his design-savvy, intuitive gadgets—none of them more so than devotees of the iPhone. The world-in-your-palm invention has spawned the latest photographic fixation. Say hello to the Polaroid of the twenty-first century: iPhone photography or, in a word, iPhoneography.

Photograph by Eric De Fino

This exploding movement is the subject of the first iPhoneography documentary, now being shot by Atlantan Eric De Fino. Owner of the bicoastal production company Raygun, De Fino is a director and cinematographer who makes his living doing film work for clients such as the Discovery Channel, HBO, and most Turner networks. But iPhoneography he does for love. “It’s 100 percent passion,” says De Fino.

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Tall and swarthy with a rock-star head of wild black hair, De Fino has already shot eighty hours of interviews with an international cadre of iPhone shutterbugs. Until the release of that documentary, Atlantans can get a glimpse of the incredible array of approaches to iPhone snaps in the gallery exhibition he’s curated, #iPhoneography, in the lobby of Downtown’s Marquis Two building (showing through the end of January).

The show features seven standouts of the budding art form, including Atlantan Keith Weaver and New York City–based Sion Fullana, whom De Fino calls pioneers of iPhoneography.

“You look at a photo like this,” De Fino says, indicating a moody black-and-white Fullana shot of a man in a fedora set against Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue—a composition that typifies the genre’s blend of technology and classical portraiture. “This could have been taken in the 1940s.”

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