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Street, children, is a state of mind: what defines street photography is not the subject, but the 'forma mentis' of the photographer.

Street photography is a way to look at the ordinary and see something special or unusual in it, to look at everyday situations and find a decisive moment in them, to look at candid happenings and see iconic interactions between people and surroundings in them.

The iN-PUBLiC | Manifesto, one of the most representative sites about street photography in the world, states that "all the photographers featured there have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday life and to capture the moment".

The subject of a street photo is not necessarily interesting, unusual, unseen in itself, but its strenght comes from the NARRATIVE CONSTRUCTION that the photographer is able to create around the subject. The way the photographer presents it, his original point of view, his capacity to take subjects out of context and juxtapose unrelated objects.

How can we 'see the unusual'?  Well, the ABILITY to SEE good subjects is a natural ability, which lies in the capacity to select, organize, connect and reconnect elements, in the capacity to re-interpretate reality, construct a narration, convey impact and emotion within a frame. Even if it is in part a natural ability,  it grows, refines, and improves with time, experience, cultural and human growth of the photographer himself.

 A successful street photo will result in a new angle of view, often surprising and inspiring, stirring thought or feelings, on some known reality. The value of a successful street photo goes beyond merely recording reality at a certain fleeting moment. 

"A remarkable photograph must be a personal, visual report of the subject. It has to be able to tell me, using the photographer personal and unique visual language what the photographer saw and what he felt. For a good photograph it is not enough to just be a visual report, it also has to be a psychological report. It has to transfer to me the emotions and the point of view of the photographer behind the camera." (Felix Lupa)

"Street Photography may be the single most difficult photographic genre. It is a fierce challenge: to condense from the chaos of reality something visually valid and psychologically revealing about both the subject, the viewer and perhaps the photographer into a rectangle in a fraction of a second. The editing process can be downright heartbreaking: so many frames, so few photographs". (Richard Bram)

"A good street photograph should tease, puzzle, reveal, stun, provoke and thrill in equal measure. They should be light in mood but dense in emotion, hard to read but easy to enjoy. Above all they should have the WTF factor. Life isn't easily interpreted and neither should photographs which are derived from it". (Stephen McLaren)

Not easy, huh? But well, who said that street photography was easy?

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- Shooting from the hip by Sagi Kortler…

- Learn from Markus Hartel…

- Wear good shoes. Advice to young photographers…

- What makes a good street photograph?

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JACAC Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Benjamin-Biddix Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Street art seems to go unnoticed for the most part. ( at least from what I know ). I like the article.
Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent article and gret links ;)
Xenaris Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
And surely all of those people were asked if it was okay to publish their portraits. *sigh* I know it is a different thing with the legality in other countries, but I still feel it violates the privacy not to ask at least afterwards. Especially since the most interesting pictures often show very intimate moments between people.
Lothringen Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
:clap: :hug:
Bagigi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Great feature!! So much to learn here!
Thank you Mary!
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
:thanks: :hug:
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great feature and lot to learn! Thank you Mary. Clap
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
thank you for reading it!
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