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Nature of Street Photography

The Nature of Street Photography

Street photography  to me is a type of documentary photography that features people in candid situations,  candid images  or as Markus Hartel says “ as candid as it can be “ taken in public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings. They are inherently voyeuristic

Street photography  teaches  students of photography  advanced cameras skills,  composition  skills like working in available light, and is  invaluable to students of photography. Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography  and photojournalism in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society.  No Photoshop here. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment,  or as Henri Cartier Bresson said  decisive moment  photography  people caught  at a decisive or poignant moment.


On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be sub consciously  familiar with. In the 20th century, street photographers have provided an exemplary and detailed record of street culture in Europe and North America, and elsewhere to a somewhat lesser extent.

Many classic works of street photography were created in the period between roughly 1890 and 1975 and coincided with the introduction of portable cameras, especially small 35mm, rangefinder cameras, most famously the Leica, as used by Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others. My own tools are Nikon D3 and Leica M9 in digital… but I urge the modern worriers of the street  to  shoot in film now and again. Because my  8 year child can take good pictures with a  modern digital camera.  In film its Nikon again  for me with the Nikon f90x and the Leica m6  bless them at Nikon and Leica.