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I Street Therefore I Am - 01

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 1:33 PM

 TSF


"Defining Street Photography" what the heck does it even mean?!

Street Photography is about documenting 'reality' as it happens around us: On the street, in a pub, at the beach, malls...
Funny that this particular style of photography was popularized - or dare I say, 'conceived' by people who themselves 
had a rather 'surrealist' outlook towards life - which kind of explains the irrational juxtapositions between the subject 
and the environment often evidenced in modern Street Photography. 


Vidya Dāna Of Influence:

Or,  'How Surrealism and Street Photography Bounce Off Each Other.' A Sharing of knowledge:
Eugène Atget (February 12, 1857 – August 4, 1927). His photographs inspired many artists - surrealists especially.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) , fondly referred to as HCB and widely considered as 
the founding father of modern photojournalism, worshipped by thousands of emerging and established photographers.
HCB, an accomplished painter himself, often dabbled between traditional and surreal art which in turn greatly conditioned 
his own photographic style.
You can argue with me all you want about the statement above - you'll gain nothing from it. You see, I merely eyeballed 
at some of his paintings on Google a while ago before reaching this, rather hasty conclusion.
A year and a half ago, I had no idea that HCB even existed!

Food for thought: 

So could it be that Street Photography is in fact 'Reality Coated In Surrealism' and not entirely photojournalistic in nature?


Aiming to showcase some of the best Street Photographers on DA today, I present to you the pilot episode of my new series:

I Street Therefore I Am


As immensely talented and versatile as today's featured artists are in different genres of photography, they have been 
most gracious in sharing their thoughts regarding their personal style of Street Photography, and what it means 
to them as artists/photographers.

So without further ado, here's what they had to say:





Gigi Alberti


I think it's very difficult to give a comprehensive definition of street photography, so I will try to say what is street photography for me. 

It is primarily a genre of photography that regards human beings, but unlike portrait or documentary photography must be absolutely spontaneous, the photographer should be almost invisible to not disturb what is happening and should interact with the scene as little as possible and not be part of it. 
For me, street photography has a great documentary value and could not be otherwise since I started out as a photojournalist. 

In my pictures I always try to tell a story, my main intent when I hit the street is to tell something about what I know best, that is the Italians and their way of being. I also try do not judge people I photograph and if I happen to capture a little embarrassing moments I do so without cynicism, but to smile on everyday life. 
Also a surprising or inconsistent action which can make render a surreal images are very important to me. 

Surreality is a theme I like in my photos, especially because I think that is revealing of something that goes beyond the ordinary, as it would break a chain that opens our eyes to the unexpected a revealing moment to new experiences and visual sensations.
Be a street photographer for me is essentially to be a witness of my time, my dream is that the moments I capture with my pictures can serve the memory of future generations to remember as common people were during these years in the brief moments of everyday life








Jean-Daniel  Beley


Defining street photography is fairly straightforward in my opinion: Any photo, taken in a public place, and not staged qualifies as street photography. After than the second and last rule is "does this photo work?" or not. And that's where all the other ingredients - that a lot of photographers will define as rules - come into play: 

• Presence of people is almost a must - yet I have seen excellent street photos without people. 
• Interaction of these people with the environment can definitely bring value to the image - which introduces another category in street photo "ruler": the street portraiture. Which brings us to another (technical) aspect: long lenses will tend to isolate the subject from the background, so to capture the environment, it is sometimes better to be close and have a wide lens. 
• Except for very lucky street photographers, who see all the time long lasting exceptional moments, things happen quickly, thus better be ready and press the shutter at the right moment.
• Good photographers are lucky. Their camera will capture things that they haven't always when they released the shutter. Getting lucky takes a lot of work. 

How does this apply to my own photos: Most of the time, I'll choose the environment first, fix all camera settings, make marks on the ground to know where I have to be, and wait for the people there. Wait for a lot of different people - trying to work on my luck. Wait a long time, because once I have the spot, I don't want to ruin the opportunity. 







Jan Rockar


Street photography is documenting life, ordinary and ordinary with a little extra within. With this type of photography I show the world around me.. bits of it anyway. Bits and situations that interest me. My point of view... More than any other genre of photography this type of documentarism I find the most creative. I constantly work with naturally available light, people, background and situations... without any or very little planning. Curiosity keeps me going, I guess.








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You will not be disappointed.
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 TSF


Journal name suggested by: NunoCanha . Thanks, man!

And a special shoutout to the "Tilted Genius" of our esteemed Photojournalism CV, and my wonderful friend, 1pen.

Check out her excellent article below:

Discuss it!: When is Street...Photojournalism?update 1.6.1.00.597.a.45: added "striped shirts"
Every day now and then, you'll hear me say this in my office: "Dammit, Mary!" 
The "Mary" in question, of course, is our beloved Street CV myraincheck who has once again nabbed a deviant for a feature that I also have slated...and since a deviant cannot be featured more than once every six months you can imagine the number of notes that get sent back and forth as we barter for you like prize stallions.1   The fact is most photojournalists can make excellent street photographers and most street photographers can make excellent photojournalists.
But when is that street photo a piece of photojournalism? Or street?
Now, I'm really not an expert at this...which is why this is a "Discuss it!" journal so do not spank me...
When it's Photojournalism (in my opinion)
It's a work of commercial photography intended to be sold to a paper, or other press/medi



Aiming to showcase some of the best Street Photographers on DA today, I present to you the pilot episode of my new series:
I Street Therefore I Am

As immensely talented as today's featured artists are in other genres of photography, they have been most gracious in sharing
their thoughts regarding their personal style of Street Photography and what it means to them as artists/photographers.

So without further ado, here's what they had to say:
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
how did I miss this.. :D
I keep finding things on dA a month after it been published, written, or photographed.. I really need to clear my inbox and pay attention..
Thanks brother.. ;)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Photographer
Yer just lazy :evileye:
Cheers, brother! :D
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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
...or I'm just watching too many things.. My message counter is constantly on 6-10k. Got to be more selective.. Thanks for the fame! ;)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013   Photographer
I can totally understand your situation, man. This will prolly double in the next 24 hours sta.sh/0fa2xk740yg :lol:

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:iconlightdrafter:
lightdrafter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
same shit over here. I pulled it down yesterday from around 10k to 6k. thank I had too much of the goodness.. :D
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a great overture with so much I can relate to and photographers I greatly admire!
You produce excitement, my friend. :)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Bassem!
Episode 02 is out. Hope you like. :D
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:iconbatmantoo:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
More than like it, I love it! :love:
Thank you my friend!
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Photographer
Interesting!
I love to see all have different ways to "street".
Excellent work!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Photographer
Thanks friend!
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:iconzouberi:
Zouberi Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Photographer
Awesomeness! :clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
:clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, Sir! :bow:
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:iconjacac:
JACAC Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
m y . p l e a s u r e . =)
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very proud to be there, Khuram. Thanks a lot for your initiative, energy and kind words!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, JD!
This journal would not have been possible without you, and the Italian dude, and that bloke (what's his name?), from the U.K.. :D
If anybody deserves credit for this, it's you guys.
I'm extremely grateful for your support.
Thank you very much, indeed!
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NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
great great journal :thumbsup:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
Thanks Nuno!!
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:iconnunofigueira:
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
no problem, marvelous journal as always :hug:
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:iconigy:
igy Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
:thumbsup:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
Hey, thanks man!
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e-l-a-n-i Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Three photographers that I admire in one of your legendary features! :headbang:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
Aww... that really means a lot, Eleni. Thank you!! :headbang:
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:iconnattygrego:
Nattygrego Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Exceptional Khuram !!!!! A wonderful first episod of a serie that will impact on many !!! love it
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much, my friend!
If life permits, and as long as I have you guys supporting me, I'll do my best to make sure the series continues.
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:iconpatrickmonnier:
PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Love it, thanks so much for getting this together and indeed a collection of amazing street photographers!

I particularly like: "Getting lucky takes a lot of work" :)

And it's always the same people who tend to get lucky!!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Patrick!
Thanks for having a look. :ahoy:
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:iconpatrickmonnier:
PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
You are welcome. Thank YOU for putting all this work into it!
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:iconsplendidofsun:
splendidofsun Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Can't wait for next episode! (oh wait, it's not Criminal Minds... it's Streetog Mind! :la:)
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Same difference. :rofl:
I'll try my best. Thanks, buddy!
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:iconsplendidofsun:
splendidofsun Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:lmao: ^^
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:iconvermontster:
Vermontster Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am looking forward to future episodes! You chose some of the best for the pilot. :clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Cheers, Mark!
There's no shortage of great talent around here. ;)
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
I street, you street, we all street :lol:
Who could have imagined that, few years ago! 
Excellent show, so much well done! 

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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Indeed!
Cheers, Stam! And thanks. :highfive:
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:iconhayley--jade:
hayley--jade Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Much appreciated!
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ooooooooooooh!
Such wonderful art.
I thank you.
Hugs
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
They're great artists!
Thanks, dear Jenny :hug:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
They are.........I hope to be as good as this one day!!!!!!!!!!
Big hugz
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
judging from the pilot it will be a great series! Thank you!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Mary!
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
hey Khuram, JD's and Gigi's texts got mixed, can you fix it?
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Both the texts are showing up fine here.
What browser are you using?


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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
I use Safari :confused: what I see is Gigi's text repeated between the first and last paragraph of JD's one.
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
I had to use Safari on the iPad to see where the trouble was.
It was showing up okay on Chrome.
Anyway, it's fixed now -- I think.
Thanks, buddy!! :D
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:iconmyraincheck:
myraincheck Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
it is :thumbsup:
thank you!
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sandas04 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Donīt know why I Street. So good to get some sort of an explanation to give my wife. Thanks!
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013   Photographer
Haha! Glad to be of help.
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