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Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography | Eric Kim

Why Sharpness is Overrated in Street Photography | Eric Kim | street | Scoop.it
Sharpness is over-rated in street photography. Even Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” I remember when I first saw one of HCB’s exhibitions in person in Paris, I was surprised by how soft most of his shots were. And many of his photos were significantly out of focus (thinking about the famous shot of the man in a bullfighter’s ring in Spain (above). When I stated street photography, I was obsessed with sharpness. This of course, was due to all the nerds on gear forums who showed corner to corner sharpness tests on brick walls. I was suckered into thinking a sharp photo was a good photo. However once I discovered the work or Daido Moriyama, I realized that a good photo didn’t need to be sharp. In-fact, a grainy, out of focus, and soft photo often had more mood, emotion, and soul than an uber-sharp photo.......
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Interview With Vancouver-Based Street Photographer John Goldsmith

Interview With Vancouver-Based Street Photographer John Goldsmith | street | Scoop.it
(Above image by John Goldsmith) Eric's Note: I recently had the pleasure of interviewing fellow street photographer John Goldsmith, who has just realised his new book (check it out here) and had the chance to ask him a few questions, it's a bit of...
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