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Street photography around the world | Photographer: Maciej Dakowicz

Street photography around the world | Photographer: Maciej Dakowicz | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Most people say that street photography features people photographed on the street in unposed situations. For me this definition is simply too broad as it includes portraiture, reportage and peopled cityscape, which might have nothing to do with the genre. For me this broad definition can be narrowed easily to define proper street photography by adding just one word – “a twist”. A little twist – something clever, funny, unexpected, surprising or ambiguous. Something making you scratch your head, something putting a smile on your face… And the photo does not have to be taken on the street – it can be shot indoors, on the beach or in the forest. What matters is that little “twist”.
 
What are the key elements of a good photo? In my opinion it is the content, composition and light. The content is most important for me. Sometimes a poorly composed and lit photograph still can be good, what matters is the message it conveys. The composition is the way elements are placed and related to each other in the frame. It greatly depends on the distance from the subject – usually the closer you get the more dynamic perspectives you can achieve that can make your compositions more interesting.

 

The light is what illuminates the scene and produces shadows and highglights in the image. It can be natural or artificial. It can be a direct sunlight (which can be soft or harsh depending on the time of the day), soft ambient light in the shade or flash produced by the flashgun on top of the camera. When these three elements come together nicely in one frame you most probably have a great photo."- Maciej Sakowicz

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, October 23, 2013 11:53 AM

Another very good set of street photography

Martin Lea's curator insight, November 10, 2013 7:17 AM

that is it..........a moment or a thought or a caption ..............you just see it ior sense but of course you have to capture it !!

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Shows and National Trust | Pohotographer: Arnhel de Serra

Shows and National Trust | Pohotographer: Arnhel de Serra | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Anglo–Spanish photographer Arnhel de Serra has a talent for capturing the idiosyncrasies of our culture which I presume is at least partly down to the perspective inherent in having mixed heritage. In projects like Shows and National Trust he succeeds in showing that these quintessentially British features are not abstract environments but events where people come together and passions are shared.

 

His is a multilayered approach, which sets as much store in the dozing elderly National Trust visitor as it does the sweeping vista of the property itself, and values the intimate moments in a shady vegetable tent as much as the big set-piece country show stalwarts. As a mirror on ourselves it’s not just accurate, but charming too.

His work will be on show as part of the London Festival of Photography which starts in June.

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Street photography | Photographer: Matt Stuart

Street photography | Photographer: Matt Stuart | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
I am not sure which came first, my being nosey or an interest in 'street photography', but a fascination with people and the way they live their lives is why I enjoy the business so much.

 

Matt Stuart, 1974, UK, is a street photographer. He uses a Leica MP to shoot his images. Matt's work is humorous and spontaneous. He does not stage or manipulate any of his photographs apart from his commercial work. Roaming the streets of London, Stuart is looking for moments, happenings where all things fall into place to make his shot. He had a show beginning of this year called Happy Accidents, which might just be the best title to describe Matt's photography. The following images come from his Colour portfolio.

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Beaster and Bear | Photographer : Adrain Chesser and Steven Miller

Beaster and Bear | Photographer : Adrain Chesser and Steven Miller | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Adrain Chesser and Steven Miller are both artists in their own right who have been collaborating on photographs, videos and installations for their Beaster and Bear project for over two years now. The two characters at the center of the work are the artists dressed in animal suits who act as trickster figures that expose the shadow side of how we live today. 

 

The work is focused on three central themes: to talk about the environmental impact humankind has on the few remaining forests in the Northwest, to establish a mythology that places marginalized people at the center of their own story, and to honor the multiple ways we as humans experience a living connection with nature and spirituality...

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Street photography | Photographer: Nils Jorgensen

Street photography | Photographer: Nils Jorgensen | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Nils Jorgensen is an Denmark street photographer. Member of street photography collective In-Public.

 

London-based photographer Nils Jorgensen has an instinct for low-key, often overlooked beauty. Poetry has been an important influence on him. He picks out the work of Philip Larkin in particular, and it is easy to see how Larkin’s understated lyricism and fascination with ordinary things is paralleled in Jorgensen’s photographic style.

Jorgensen makes his living as a news and celebrity photographer, but in his life as a street photographer, he could not be any less like a member of the paparazzi. “Working full time covering news, celebrities, meeting deadlines and so forth can make it hard to switch back to taking photographs of small random moments which have no obvious news or commercial significance”, he admits. “It requires a different way of thinking and working.  But it’s what I’ve always done and it’s very important to me.  The truth is I don’t really want to disturb the flow of life around me. I much prefer waiting and hoping for something to happen. It’s also much simpler. For me the whole point of photography is not to interfere with what is happening, or might be about to happen.”

Jorgensen has shown and published his work internationally and is part of the street photography collective In-Public (http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen/gallery/61). This photograph was included in the Thames and Hudson book Street Photography Now.


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Street photography | Photographer: David Gibson

Street photography | Photographer: David Gibson | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"I probably spend more time looking at photographs than I do actually taking them. My shelves at home are lined with photography books. The work of the so-called master photographers – and the less heralded – have always been a source of reassurance and stimulation for my own photography."

 

Photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Frank, Sylvia Plachy and Tony Ray-Jones, to name but a few. The list is endless and always open to change. Street photography for me is an instinctive urge and after more than twenty years of wandering with my camera, it still remains about staying curious and inspired – and then looking for the luck”

 

David Gibson worked for several years as a Residential Social Worker before pursuing photography full-time in 1994. In 2002 he completed an MA in Photography: History and Culture at the London College of Printing.

David’s work has been widely published and he is often commissioned by leading design agencies in the UK.

 

In addition to his photography David regularly leads Street Photography workshops in London and increasingly in other cities worldwide.

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Street Photography | Photographer : Nick Turpin

Street Photography | Photographer : Nick Turpin | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
'Street Photography' is the simplest form but also the hardest challenge in Photography which is why I keep returning to it. This is the site of London Street Photographer Nick Turpin.

 

There is something about the making of photographs in public places that resonates with me more than any other kind of photography. I think it simply suits my personality.

 

It’s nice, when taking pictures in the street, not to have to participate in any way in the stream of life passing you by. It makes me feel special to be there but not to be chatting, not to be shopping or not even to be heading for somewhere else. I feel like I am invisible to the passing crowds. This in turn leads to a loss of my sense of self, which is the finest feeling of all.

 

Having worked for several years both in newspapers and advertising, I am fascinated by the things that I ‘choose’ to photograph when I leave the house with my camera but without a ‘story’ or ‘brief’ to fulfill. These ‘choices’ are revealing,in some way, of who I am.

 

I go to the busiest, public places to discover something very personal and private. It is an inescapable truth that the resulting photographs are as much about my inner state as they are about the external world they were made in. They are all self-portraits.

It is important to me that my personal pictures don’t have to ‘do’ anything. They don’t have to sell in a gallery or sit well beside the ads in a magazine. I don’t have to make pictures that are easily categorised. They are not reportage, there is no subject, they are not art, there is no great technical craft or aesthetic beauty. They are just pictures about life. For these reasons, Picture Editors, Art Directors and Curators don’t know what to do with them, where to put them. I like that.

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