Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. … Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. (Wikipedia)
I first became interested in (nay, fascinated by) street photography long before I understood what it was. One of the photographers whose work inspired me early on was André Kertész (1894-1985), the Hungarian photographer. This is probably my first favourite image by him:
You can check out more images by André Kertész here: http://www.howardgreenberg.com/artists/andr-kertsz
Though he made portraits of some of the great artists living in Paris, including Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Sergei Eisenstein, and Tristan Tzara during the 1920’s and 1930’s after his emigration to the USA he soon had a difficult time. During WWII he was treated as an alien and prevented from publishing his images. It wasn’t until 1964, when John Sarkowski, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, organised a one man show that Kertész’s career was revived and his great talent was finally appreciated. In 1983 the French government awarded him the Legion of Honor.
Once my interest in street photography had been awakened, I soon discovered other photographers who could be regarded as street photographers, such as Bill Brandt, Josef Koudelka, Lee Friedlander, William Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt, Brassaï, Robert Frank, Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tony Ray-Jones and Roger Mayne. This list is not exhaustive and I am discovering new photographers all the time (new to me that is).
In terms of my own street photography I have been taking photos in this genre for over 40 years. many of my images reside on film negatives awaiting the day I scan them into digital. However, since I went digital I have accumulated quite a few images. Here are just a small selection:
These three images were taken with my Sony A6000 (now sold and replaced by Fuji X-T2 and X-H1). I generally edit in Lightroom or Luminar. I hope to find not only the time to scan my large archive of slides and negatives, but also continue to take more photos. I am also working on a personal project called “Walks of Life”, more on that in a future post. Thanks for reading and please follow my blog if you want to keep updated with posts.