“Teju Cole’s instagram feed just gave us a masterclass on human behaviour”

“The Louvre, it turns out, had in the early days of the smartphone, uploaded a terrible photograph of the Mona Lisa on Instagram. Cole uses this to explain human fondness for our flawed pasts.
“Virtually indistinguishable from millions of crappy tourist photos, it is beautiful and charged with the patina of ‘bad’ digital photography. A rare example of affective strength from an official quarter. As the sages have long observed, the mixtape tends to be better than the album. It is inevitable that the artifactual eccentricities of compressed digital files will create a nostalgia in future generations, the way black and white photos from the 19th century all now look ‘good’ to us.””


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