Street Photography 101: An Introduction to Street Photography

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY 101Eric Kim / 4-20-2015What is street photography?SF, 2014Why shoot street photography?SF, 2015How to shoot street photography?Downtown LA, 20141. Work the sceneSF, 20142. Dont hesitate Lansing, Michigan, 2013Martin Parr / GB. England. New Brighton. From 'The Last Resort'.1985.3. Ask for permissionTucson, Arizona, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 2013Eric Kim / Tucson, 20134. Ask your subjects not to smileIstanbul, 2013Eric Kim / Istanbul, 2013Eric Kim / Istanbul, 2013Eric Kim / Istanbul, 2013Eric Kim / Istanbul, 20135. Pretend youre shooting something behind your subjectNYC, 20143 Traits of Great Street Photographers1. Think long-termJosef Koudelka / CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Slovakia. Zehra. 1967. Gypsies. For 17 years I never paid any rent [laughs]. Even the Gypsies were sorry for me because they thought I was poorer than them. At night they were in their caravans and I was the guy who was sleeping outside beneath the sky. - Josef KoudelkaJosef Koudelka / CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Slovakia. Rakusy. 1966. Gypsy.Im willing to show my photos, not so much my contact prints. I often work on small prints. I look at them frequently, and for a long time. I put them up on the wall, and compare them, to make sure of my choice. - Josef KoudelkaJosef Koudelka / CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Slovakia. Kendice. 1966. Gypsies.When I wake up in the morning, and I feel good, I tell myself: Today may be the last day of my life. That is my sense of urgency. But I keep wondering about what you just said, that I am a conscience. People have told me that. People much younger than myself have told me: I would like to work as you do. - Josef KoudelkaJosef Koudelka / ROMANIA. 1968.I am not interested in repetition. I dont want to reach the point from where I wouldnt know how to go further. Its good to set limits for oneself, but there comes a moment when we must destroy what we have constructed. - Josef KoudelkaJosef Koudelka / CZECHOSLOVAKIA. Slovakia. Zehra. 1967. Gypsies.I dont care what people think, I know well enough who I am. I refuse to become a slave to their ideas. When you stay in the same place for a certain time, people put you in a box and expect you to stay there. - Josef Koudelka I always photographed with the idea that no one would be interested in my photos, that no one would pay me, that if I did something I only did it for myself. - Josef KoudelkaI photograph only something that has to do with me, and I never did anything that I did not want to do. I do not do editorial and I never do advertising. No, my freedom is something I do not give away easily.- Josef Koudelka2. Dont settleTrent Parke / AUSTRALIA. Sydney. Martin Place, Moving bus. 2002I went each evening, for about 15 minutes, when the light came in between two buildings. It happens only at a certain time of the year: youve just got that little window of opportunity. I was relying so much on chance on the number of people coming out of the offices, on the sun being in the right spot, and on a bus coming along at the right time to get that long, blurred streak of movement. If I didnt get the picture, then I was back again the next day. I stood there probably three or four times a week for about a month. I used an old Nikon press camera that you could pull the top off and look straight down into, because I was shooting from a tiny tripod that was only about 8cm high. I had tried to lie on the ground, but people wouldnt stand anywhere near me. I finally got this picture after about three or four attempts. I shot a hundred rolls of film, but once Id got that image I just couldnt get anywhere near it again. Thats always a good sign: you know youve got something special. - Trent ParkeTrent Parke / AUSTRALIA. Sydney. Dream/Life series. 2001.If I cant go 100 per cent at something, its over. I need to live what I do from the moment I get up to the moment I fall asleep (and then to dream about it some more). I didnt play sport to be average I played to be the best that I could be. Its not about winning or losing, its about making sure you are giving it your best shot with the abilities you have been granted - Trent ParkeTrent Parke / AUSTRALIA. Sydney. Dream Life/series. 2001.Theres definitely that point where you know youve got something special, but its when [youre doing something such as] using the camera with movement or where you take a chance on something. You think, thats a great picture, but how do I make an even greater picture? Often itll be something that Ive been trying for maybe weeks before, that Ill be working up to in technique, that might all of a sudden come to fruition in that particular picture. But Ill push something, and push something and push something, until I get it. - Trent ParkeTrent Parke / AUSTRALIA. Sydney. From Dream/Life series. 1998.Its not enough for me just to be out on the street and shooting people I need to be trying to push medium of photography as well. I want to create new and interesting pictures rather than stuff that has been seen before. Its a multi-layered thing. I dont feel Im clever enough to be able to set images up. Id rather see them happening around me, grab them and let chance play a part in it And when the photograph works it has a kind of epic quality. - Trent Parke3. Draw inspiration from other fieldsSebastiao Salgado / Greater Burhan oilfields, Kuwait. 1991My pictures gave me 10 times more pleasure than the reports I was working on. To be a photographer was, for me, an incredible way to express myself, an incredible way to the see the world from another point. - Sebastio SalgadoSebastiao Salgado / Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986You should have a good knowledge of history, of geopolitics, of sociology and anthropology to understand the society that were part of and to understand yourself and where youre from in order to make choices. A lack of this knowledge will be much more limiting than any technical ability. - Sebastio SalgadoSebastiao Salgado / Korem camp. Ethiopia . 1984Photography is not objective. It is deeply subjective my photography is consistent ideologically and ethically with the person I am. Sebastio SalgadoSebastiao Salgado / A malnourished, dehydrated woman in the hospital in Gourma Rharous. Mali . 1985I dont believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out. - Sebastio SalgadoSebastiao Salgado / Worker resting, Covered in oil, Oil wells, Kuwait, 1991I very much like to work on long-term projects. There is time for the photographer and the people in front of the camera to understand each other. There is time to go to a place and understand what is happening there. When you spend more time on a project, you learn to understand your subjects. There comes a time when it is not you who is taking the pictures. Something special happens between the photographer and the people he is photographing. He realizes that they are giving the pictures to him. - Sebastio Salgado3 Street Photography Assignments1. Compliment everybody for a dayDowntown LA, 2013 2. The 5 Yes/5 No ChallengeSan Diego, 2014 3. 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