Street Photography Reference - a very loose guide - "Your milage may vary"

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Street Photography Reference - a very loose guide...

Google any of these folks and just look at the images... you may find you’re fascinated with the genre....

Please add to the list, I love them all, your mileage may vary.....

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Robert Frank

Joel Meyerowitz

Diane Arbus

Helen Levitt

Gary Winogrand

Lisette Model

William klein

Harry Callahan (add photographer to the name, or wade through the Clint Eastwood stuff)

Weegee

Vivian Maier - (Please watch the fabulous film - Finding Vivian Maier!)

Samuel Coulthurst (very early)

John Thomson (add photographer, arguably the first,1800’s)

Influential and Current:

Joel Meyerowitz

Eric Kim (also a great blog)

John Free

Yanidel

Bruce Gilden

Martin Parr

Zack Arias

Lee Jeffries

Boogie

Daido Moriyama
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Just when I thought I was hooked on Landscapes you've got me dying for my next chance to take street shots! Its a wonderful genre.
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Great! Have you taken the time to watch "Finding Virginia Maier" ? You'll be blown away...
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Here's one of the greats which I carelessly omitted..

Walker Evans
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I don't know how it is where you guys live, but down here, about 15 minutes after buying a DSLR everyone decides thay are now qualified to be a portrait photographer. Step 2 is come up with a catchy name, as in "Portraits by John". Step 3 is a Facebook page for "Portraits by John". Step 4 is ask questions like "where is a good place to take portraits" and "I'm not very good with computers. Is Photoshop easy to learn?"

"Just get behind your damn camera on main street" is what I want to tell them.
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LOL - really... I laughed out loud when I read your comment...

When you get old Lou, it'll all get easier... people ask if you do portraits... say "nope"... in fact, nope is a good answer to almost all of the questions... :-)

They ask you what kind of pictures do you take? You tell them, "the ones I enjoy".

See someone serious, working at their art, help them until your exhausted..

Someday, when in a touristy area, do an informal poll of all the folks carrying Canikons ... tell them you're having some technical issues and would they mind telling you what settings their using... 7 to 8 out of 10 will be set to "AUTO".. have no idea what aperture controls.. or even why they might care..

I promise you, it will not be long before you'll want a "street shooting camera". Most folks have no idea what your shooting with, it does not compute to them as a DSLR... the people that DO recognize it... well most of them are shooters too.. you'll enjoy the conversation.

Short dough Lou, grab a clean used GF1 with a 20MM... set it to 1.7, and take a walk.. you'll be in love with the "cloak of invisibility" you just discovered.. the Fuji is wonderful, and of course there's Leica if you decide to sell your house and invest..

Both you and Michael are growing in the genre.. it's very cool. Carol seems interested too, she may be interested in the list when she learns how many woman have simply excelled at this genre...

Keep shooting Lou..

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -
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PS. Lou, it's the same all over.
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They are all over Facebook Lou. You nailed it. Before you start taking people's money you ought hone your craft first. Wouldn't surprise me one bit if half of them are shooting for their clients in auto-mode.
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awww come'on guys... I love to photograph all sorts of things and at 60 years of age I still shoot a lot in Auto, but I would never consider myself a professional photographer and I don't shoot to sell. I shoot to share and enjoy. I don't have access to learn from someone and the tutorials on-line are 747's over my head, doesn't mean that I don't love the hunt. but to be honest, one of the reasons that I love photography is because of the 'street photographers' that were found on the streetcorners back in the 50's and 60's in the city (Vancouver, BC, Canada) like the following shot. they caught the bustle and the individuals of the time, including my folks.
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There you are Joyce.. you shoot for the sheer love of it!! That is the true joy in this... PS. I'm older than you... :-D still kicking
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many of my friends and family have these street portraits from the era. a lost art.
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I'm a big fan of street photography. Probably my favorite genre unfortunately it doesn't seem to fare very well on Pixoto. I think there should be separate category for it to encourage more to share. I know I really only present whaat I think may do well, rather than what I love to do. Whats everyone else think?
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good idea! I like it.
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Pixoto's response to this question is that it would be too hard to moderate.
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That was the answer.. I understand the difficulty of this, it's just somewhat disappointing. I wish it could stand alone..
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hello my friend, I'm sure everyone here including myself is reluctant to offer critique in such a public way...

My best advice is to google a few of the greats... study there work, and develop your own style.. and you eye as well.

Keep shooting... everything in life is not a beautiful landscape..

Cheers, Alan
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thx :)
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Why a 'Bump' now Alan?? Anyway loved the entire conversation and thank you for that!! :-) This inspires me to go for it.. But in this part of the world, we're all conscious to take out your big ones and shoot at will, if you're not an established professional... Moreover the mobiles have ruined this art in a big way!!

Thank for the 'Bump' so that I could go through the whole thread..

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