My focus in photography, and in general interests, shifts and wanders.. A few years ago, around 2012 I became more interested in photography's 'greats' and found myself more frequently visiting photo exhibitions and buying photobooks.
Photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, John Margolies, Arnold Newman, Anton Corbijn, Steve McCurry, Werner Bischof, Annie Leibovitz, Marc Riboud, etc., took my interest. Photobooks were bought and in subsequent years I started actively collecting 'art' photobooks.
I found myself less interested in portraits and landscapes and gradually my interest was steered to photojournalism and streetphotography. Or maybe the term 'humanist photographer' is best applied here.

In the last two years streetphotography began to take up a large portion of my travel photography. In 2016 I bought a Fujifilm X100T camera for dedicated 'streetphotography'.
Or perhaps the title of 'Humanist Photography' (wikipedia) is more appropriate.
The images were shared on my travel pages, Blog and Flickr & Facebook accounts. In Sep.2016 I started this page, a gallery of such images I am most pleased with myself.

"There is nothing in the world that does not have a decisive moment" -Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Seeing is the paradise of the soul" -Pietro Spanno, eye doctor, elected Pope in 1276


France, 2014
Rouen, France - June 2014. Proud to stand out.

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Scotland 2016 (travel page)

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Scotland 2016

'It is not where it is or what it is that matters, but how you see it.' ¬Saul Leiter

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them" - Elliott Erwitt

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter"- Alfred Eisenstaedt

"Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph" - Andre Kertesz

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work" - William Klein


England 2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Street fair
"Often, the best pictures are caught in a moment." ¬Mary Ellen Mark

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Street fair


Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam Westergasfabriek

'A photographer's gift to the viewer is sometimes beauty in the overlooked ordinary.'
¬Saul Leiter

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Photo exhibition, 'Stephen Shore Retrospective', @Huis Marseille (2016, MyBlog)

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Cleaning sewage & drainage pipes

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016 (travel page)

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Lunch in Amsterdam's Warmoesstraat during record heat in Sep.2016

Clingendael parkland
Clingendael parkland, The Hague - Oct.2016

Joesef Koudelka exhibition; Rotterdam 2016
Fabulous exposition of work by Josef Koudelka (Rotterdam, 10-2016)



Street in fog
Street in fog
(Panasonic FZ200, colour converted to B&W - Jan.2017)

Haarlem, april 2017


aving started my photography in the 1970s with military aircraft photography, this could have been me here...
Duxford (Flying Legends 2017) air show

Duxford (Flying Legends 2017) air show
At this air show I came for -and enjoyed-s the airplanes ('warbirds'), but this may be my finest photo!



xTucson 2017
'I like it when one is not certain of what one sees. When we do not know why we are look at it, all of a sudden
we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion.' ¬Saul Leiter



Rotterdam ¬Feb.2018

Amsterdam, streetpgotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam, Sint Antoniesbreestraat ¬March 2018

AMSterdam, streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam, Oude Doelenstraat ¬March 2018

Amsterdam, 26JUL2018
Amsterdam, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal ¬July 2018




Deventer- streetphotography
Streetartists at the Deventer Book Fair, 2018Aug05





Created: 16-Sep-2016