“It’s not about proving a point that you can put a mobile phone picture on a cover. It was about the best picture and it really didn’t matter, in my opinion,” Kira Pollack, Director of Photography at Time, said of TIME’s Instagram cover during her discussion at the Visual Revolution Summit. The director spoke on TIME’s decision to cover Hurricane Sandy in real-time through professional photographers entrusted with mobile phones and the magazine’s Instagram account.

The Future of Photography featured Kira along with photography heavyweights Anna Dickson (Photography Director, Huffington Post/AOL) and Markus Spiering (Head of Product, Flickr) lead in a discussion by Emily Anne Epstein (New York Observer). The four debated the ever-growing influence of utilizing social content and citizen journalists (or “witnesses”) in publishing.

Hear more in the video above and let us know on Twitter or in the comments below where you see the future of photography going!

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