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Andrew Sweigart

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Andrew Sweigart has pursued creative endeavors as a writer and a musician, but street photography has captured his soul. He enjoys finding the beauty in the routines and mundane of everyday life. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile. He is co-founder of Street Hunters.

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David Gleave's

Manchester-based photographer David Gleave cites among his influences Robert Frank, Robert Capa, Eugene Smith, Bruce Davidson, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, William Klein and Mary Ellen Mark. All legends. And, gauging from the sample images of his book, In The City, Gleave is doing work that they just might approve of.

Gleave, who holds a Licentiateship distinction from The Royal Photographic Society, has collated a number of striking images for his debut publication, In The City. Just like the title implies, Gleave says his primary theme is the characters and scenes found at the heart of our larger urban communities. Images of Manchester comprise over half the impressions in his new book, and the same echoes resonate from other cities captured exclusively in mono, including London and New York in particular.

David Gleave's "In The City"
From David Gleave’s “In The City”

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PhotoWhoa Street Collective eBook cover

PhotoWhoa is a service that states it will “ help you discover awesome, innovative, and informative photography products at discount prices”. CNET has gone so far to say PhotoWhoa is “like a Groupon for shutterbugs”. Well, everybody likes a deal and there is no better deal than free! And nothing is how much PhotoWhoa’s new eBook, “The Street Collective Vol. 1”, will cost you!

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Months of Photography Paphos Public Art 2017

The Cyprus Photographic Society- Paphos Branch is bringing back their successful PUBLIC ART exhibition for 2017!

PUBLIC ART is a challenging invitation for photographers in and outside Cyprus. The aim of this project is to take photographic art close to the public without exhibiting in conventional rooms (read galleries). The 12 winners of this competition will have the opportunity to have solo exhibitions at 12 different cafes, bars and other places in Paphos for 28 days and for only 20 Euros! It’s a truly great opportunity for photographers to have their work seen in comfortable social areas and retail establishments, providing exposure to members of the public who may not get out to the galleries!

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PWP Scene on the Street Exhibition New York - 1

Meryl Meisler, the acclaimed New York photographer who documented the heart and heat of the wild 1970’s and 80’s disco and punk scenes in the city and the author of ‘A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick and ‘Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY ’70s Suburbia in The City’, has juried an exhibition of street photography showcasing the work of 68 women photographers from New York City and beyond!

Professional Women Photographers (PWP) is presenting SCENE ON THE STREET, a celebration of street photography focusing on people and incidents that define a moment in time. Photographs of random events seen in urban and suburban environments giving a glimpse of day-to-day life in different parts of the world.

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Introduction

Shooting at festivals, fairs, carnivals and the like can be a mixed bag for a street photographer. The obvious benefit of shooting at these events is the bang-for-your-buck factor. What I mean by this is there’s a large amount of people in a relatively small space. It’s a target-rich environment that offers big value for the street shooter. Providing great opportunities to sharpen skills, these events are a godsend to the photographer who doesn’t live in an active urban setting or is pressed for free time to shoot. The only drawback I’ve seen with collections of festival shots is the feeling of sameness, that I’m left with. Often, I’ve seen what amounts to be hodgepodge clusters of “character” shots. Now some are excellent quality, depicting some truly unique and colorful characters. However, quite a few groups of these photos fail to capture the atmosphere, flavor or spirit of these events. There’s a lack of “moments”.

Chris J MacDonald’s ‘Field Of Dreams’

That being said, receiving Chris J MacDonald’s ‘Field Of Dreams’ zine in the post was a delightful surprise and a visual treat. Self-published this past fall, ‘Field Of Dreams’ is a brief, but gloriously colorful and vivid essay on British summer music festival culture. In just 23 images, MacDonald taps into the essence of these festivals with an entertaining mix of characters and moments.

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Just for Passion by Letizia Battaglia

Exciting news coming in to Streethunters’ HQ. DRAGO, the great publishing house of contemporary art that brought us Boogie’s superb photobook, A Wah Do Dem, is getting set to deliver a volume from the legendary Italian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia! Her book “Just For Passion”, is slated for a February 2017 release.

Battaglia, known primarily for her work on the Mafia, has had a lengthy and amazing career, and, at age 81, she is showing no signs of slowing down. Born in Palermo in 1935, Battaglia took up photojournalism after her divorce in 1971 while raising three daughters. According to DRAGO,

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Paradise & Purgatory: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City

Meryl Meisler, the outstanding documenter of the 70’s and 80’s New York disco and punk scenes, is bent on ending the year with a bang with her Determined December! One of Time Magazine’s Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century, who was known for documenting the wild heat and abandon of those scenes, is turning up the heat herself!

On December 21, Meisler is presenting Let’s Talk SASSY!, an artist talk on and book signing for her work, Paradise & Purgatory: SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City. Described as, “quirky, nostalgic and a bit naughty, it’s a genuine cultural capsule of a decade that captivates today’s generation”, SASSY is a time machine into the heady 70’s. The South Bronx, suburbia, The Mystery Club, dance lessons, Girl Scouts, the Rockettes, the circus, school, mitzvahs, proms, weddings, gay Fire Island, the Hamptons, feminists, happy hookers, CBGB, Punks, Disco, After Hours and Go-Go Bars, Jewish and LGBT Pride, street life, home theatrics, holidays, friendship, family and love… all were captured by Meisler and her medium format camera. As she danced the night away, she photographed it as well.

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Thomas Ludwig 'Keep The Focus' review cover

We are not at a loss for educational access these days. For the knowledge seekers who are fortunate to have access, this is an amazing time to be alive. The internet, despite all its garbage and noise, is an invaluable and seemingly inexhaustible resource. Information on nearly anything is just a click away. If you’re in your fourth decade like me, you remember back to the time when this was not the case. Back to those pre-internet days when books, glorious books, nestled in their loving libraries, held the answers to the questions we sought. When we wanted to learn how to do something, that know-how had to be gleaned from books or taught by an instructor.

But, this is the internet age and we are fortunate enough to have the web at our beck and call. If we want to learn how to do something, anything, we can surely find a way with a Google search. It’s that easy. Articles, videos, podcasts… they’re all out there. From cooking to car repair to writing a novel and even raising a baby, there’s instruction out there.

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Leon Levinstein book review cover

It’s very hard to imagine a street photographer today working in relative anonymity. Social media sites have become our galleries, providing easy accessibility and near-constant availability. There is natural compulsion to share, and not just for the sake of recognition. Sharing is used to network and to garner critique and feedback. Few street photographers make a living solely practicing their craft, but there are rewards to reap through sharing. One can make a name for themselves, which can be satisfying enough. Street photographers can also win money and gear through online entry into contests held by websites, physical galleries and other organizations. But at the end of the day, we want our work to be seen. We may say how much likes and little hearts and stars don’t matter, but we still want others to view our images. Getting eyes on our work is just a post and a few hashtags away.