We came across a really cool post about the state of street photography. Now that everyone is carrying a camera with them at all times, there’s been a huge influx of street photography all over the internet—both good and bad. Three established street photographers tell us what they think.
San Francisco–based psychiatrist Jack Simon started seriously shooting street scenes about a decade ago, just as the digital era kicked into gear. “There seem to be many more people doing street photography now,” says Simon, a longtime fan of the genre, “but galleries or museums are not necessarily part of this revival.”To advance his craft, Simon frequents online discussion forums. “I’ve improved my skills, educated myself further, and learned about competitions and photography festivals to enter,” he notes. “I joined the international collective Burn My Eye, and it has become an important part of my photographic life.”Read the rest of what Jack Simon said, here.
Melanie Einzig started shooting street photography at age 15, “without being aware that it was what I was doing,” she says. After assisting Joel Meyerowitz while in her thirties, she decided to “put a whole lot of time and effort into making pictures on the street.” She counts Diane Arbus, Ben Asen, Brassaï, Helen Levitt, Raghubir Singh, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand as influences.Einzig avoids shooting with any preconceived ideas about what she wants to photograph. “That’s when my photography seems to falter,” she says. “Enter with a kind of openness to see what is really there, not what you want to see or think you should see.”Read the rest of what Melanie Einzig said, here.
In the early 1980s Richard Bram started shooting side scenes during business events he was being paid to photograph. These days, he counts among his major influences his fellow members of the street photography cooperative iN-PUBLIC. “People connect emotionally with photographs made directly from reality,” Bram says, “and iN-PUBLiC represents the gold standard of contemporary street photography.”Bram has mixed feelings about the current climate. “Social media has given voice to a very large number of great street photographers,” he says. “There is a coolness factor to street photography these days.” On the downside, he says, “It’s completely unfiltered. Good images are almost immediately buried beneath scads of ordinary ones.” To rise above the noise, Bram uses social media as a means of networking with traditional curators, publishers, educators, and gallery owners.Read the rest of what Richard Bram said, here.