STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
by
RUUD LEEUW


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'. Soon replaced by a Panasonic Lumix G (DMC-GX80) and in 2020 I bought a secondhand Leica Q to compare it with the Pana.
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.
In August 2020 I created a colour page of this work.
And followed by Photographers & musicians (street) in March 2021.

"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
"The basic belief in art, is the basic belief in the goodness of mankind" -Vladimir Nabakov

"The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world picturesque." -Susan Sontag, 1977

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (B&W) | STREETS IN COLOUR | EARLY YEARS | PHOTOGRAPHERS & MUSICIANS

Bologna, Italy (2008)
Bologna, 2008

Bologna, 2008
EOS 40D. Converted to B&W in Photoshop CS6 / Silver Efex Pro 2.

Ferrara, Italy (2009)
Ferrara, streetphotography

Ferrara, streetphotography
EOS 40D. Photoshop CS6 to B&W using Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2

Bologna, 2008
Bologna, Italy (2008)
Canon EOS 40D | Photoshop CS6 to B&W using Nik Collection Silver Efex Pro 2


St.Petersburg, Russia (2009)
St.Petersburg, Russia (2009)
Camera: Canon EOS 40D. Converted to B&W using Nik Collection (Free) Silver Efex Pro 2.

 

"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. Although there is a difference between street and candid photography, it is usually subtle with most street photography being candid in nature and some candid photography being classifiable as street photography.

Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world "picturesque. -Susan Sontag, 1977

The street photographer can be seen as an extension of the flâneur, an observer of the streets (who was often a writer or artist).
Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment." ¬Source: Wikipedia.

 

 

 

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Created 29Jan-21 | Updated 29-Jan-2021

 

 

Created: 16-Sep-2016