Street photography has become very popular in recent years, even though isn’t a recent concept. A number of street photographers of indisputable mastery, have helped to define the concept during the twentieth Century and set the bases for future work.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a pioneer in capturing the street scenes of his native France and Europe pre and post World War 2. Andre Kertesz, Brassai, Doisneau and Elliott Erwitt also contributed to expand the concept of the Candid Shot.
In America Joel Meyerowitz, Garry Winogrand, Willian Klein were very successful, alongside Swiss born Robert Frank who became very notorious after the publication of his work “The Americans” the result of an extensive travel across America.
In Latin America the Italian photographer Tina Modotti portrayed the lives of the Mexican peasants, especially in the early 1920’s. The Peruvian photographer Martin Chambi, although a studio photographer, was also concerned with the native communities of his country, developing a great body of work. In addition, Chilean Sergio Larrain portrayed the streets of Latin America and London with indisputable ability.
In Japan the photographer Daido Moriyama is known as the father of street photography; His work on the streets of post war Tokyo is often seemed as erotic, gritty and mysterious.
In conclusion, the idea of wandering the streets with a camera goes back to the early twentieth century. Since then, street photography has been very helpful in giving insights of what was going on at certain periods in history; but it was also about the future those places were moving to. The raw and fresh quality of the images were and will be the perfect evidence for collective transformation.
These are 5 tips that I hope will help you in your journey to capturing the streets.
1- Play with lines, curves and shapes and remember everything is moving to your advantage: if something doesn’t seem right it will change in matter of seconds.
2- Make yourself invisible, by this I mean don’t stop in front of people and take few minutes to compose the shot. Street photography is fast and often irreverent.
3- Lightweight equipment. If you want to make yourself invisible you must use easy to handle and relatively small equipment.
4- Quantity sometimes means quality: the most pictures you take the more you can choose from.
5- Walk around and keep looking. If an area feels too saturated for your eyes cross the street and explore a different area, the streets are full of unexpected scenes.
These pictures were taken in Sussex, South of England. I was particularly inspired by the work of
Daido Moriyama. He walks the streets of Tokyo for hours with a pocket camera shooting whatever
he finds interesting. He isn’t obsessed with the technical stuff, but rather with the act of taking
pictures; which in a way is the main goal of photography. In a career that expand more than
50 years, he continues to explore the streets and producing incredibly genuine and bold work.