The 20 most Influential Street Photographers according to the Streethunters.net Readers

The 20 most Influential Street Photographers according to the Streethunters.net Readers

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The 20 Influential Street Photographers 2015

The first crowdsourced list of Street Photographers ever made

Two weeks ago we asked for your help to find the 20 most influential contemporary Street Photographers and the feedback we received was amazing. The comments just kept flying in and we are so grateful for that overwhelming participation. You recommended many Street Photographers out of which a list of 75 names was finally made. We think that this has been the first crowdsourced list of Street Photographers ever made and you all made it! Thank you!

You recommended and you voted

A week ago, we asked you dear Readers to do one more thing for us and that was to vote for your most influential Street Shooter out of the list of 75. You voted 21,137 times!

Thank you!

It is understandable that each one of you is influenced by different Street Photographers for different reasons and that is what makes this vote even more interesting. Influences play an important role in the way an artist perceives the world and his/her art, so it is only logical that each one of us has different sources of inspiration, making our perception of what we consider “an influence” unique. What is important is that you all helped us with your vote to find who are the 20 most influential Street Photographers at this time according to you. So here they are:

The 20 most Influential Street Photographers according to the Streethunters.net Readers

Rui Palha

Street Photographer Rui Palha

Rui is a Street Photographer from Portugal. He has been shooting since 1967 and is highly devoted to the art of Street Photography. He has had his work exhibited and published countless times. He has won quite a few Photography awards. Rui has been a huge influence to the wider Street Photography Community for many years.
Link: http://www.ruipalha.com/

Manish Khattry

Street Photographer Manish Khattry

Manish Khattry or as he is known Manish Khattry Fotographix is a Street Photographer from India. After doing some research we think that we have discovered his current location to be Varanasi, India. Manish Khattry has an impressive flickr profile and facebook page full of photos that capture the eye. Nothing more is known about him besides that he is a commercial artist that runs an advertising agency with a huge street photography following.
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107786968@N08/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ManishKhattryFotographix

Thomas Leuthard

Street Photographer Thomas Leuthard

One of the most well known contemporary Street Photographers is Thomas Leuthard. Thomas is from Switzerland and he is an international Street Photographer. He enjoys traveling all over the world in order to make more and more photographs. Thomas teaches workshops, offers online Street Photography courses, has written and shared 5 FREE Street Photography e-books and has an active YouTube channel on which he shares his work and his passion about Street Photography. Thomas Leuthard has been an inspiration to many and also a huge influence.
Website: http://thomas.leuthard.photography/
Flickr: http://flickr.com/people/thomasleuthard

Eric Kim

Street Photographer Eric Kim

California based Street Photographer, best known for his Street Photography blog and Street Photography workshops, Eric Kim has been an inspiration and a huge influence to many Street Photographers from all over the world. He believes in sharing what he knows but he is also in a constant state of learning also. He loves teaching and travelling. Besides working passionately on his blog, teaching workshops about Street Photography and travelling, Eric also shares many interesting on hands Street Photography videos and interviews on his highly popular YouTube channel. He has had his work exhibited and published and has been interviewed numerous times. He is highly influential and his blog is considered by many the defacto Street Photography blog.
Website: http://erickimphotography.com

Vineet Vohra

Street Photographer Vineet Vohra

Vineet is a Street Photographer from Delhi, India with studies in applied arts with a specialisation in photography. He has been interested in the art of image making since a very young age photographing mostly everything that captured his attention. Together with his brother, Rohit Vohra, he formed the Art Photo Feature –  an evolving magazine for recognising fresh talent. Vineet is also a Fuji “X” photographer and has had his works published on various prestigious magazines all over the world.
500px: https://500px.com/VineetVohra

Rohit Vohra

Street Photographer Rohit Vohra

Is a Street Photographer that is based in New Delhi, India. Since beginning his journey in the world of Street Photography Rohit has managed to amass a large body of work, most of which can be seen on his website. Together with his brother, Vineet Vohra, he co-founded the Art Photo Feature (APF) Magazine. Like his brother, he is a Fuji “X” photographer and has had his works published on various prestigious magazines all over the world.
Websitehttp://www.rohitvohra.com

Bernd Schaefers

Street Photographer Bernd Schaefers

Bernd is a German Street Photographer that lives in Solingen that shoots exclusively in black and white. He enjoys shooting candid moments and anything that attracts his interest in general. Bernd Schaefers is always learning from observation in the streets and other contemporaries that he admires, such as Khalik Allah, Rinzi Ruiz and more.
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bschaefers/

Marius Vieth

Street Photographer Marius Vieth

Marius is a highly active international Fine Art Photographer focused on Street Photography from Germany who is currently based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is founder of NEOPRIME International Fine Arts Label and also owner and publisher of his own magazine called NEOPRIME Contemporary Fine Art Photography. He also writes books about street photography and finding your creative soul, has won 21 international photographic awards so far, teaches workshops and he loves pugs!
Website: http://www.mariusvieth.com

Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden - Photo by Michael Ernest Sweet

Magnum photographer from NY, USA and acclaimed Street Photographer, widely recognised for his unique photographic style, Bruce Gilden is a giant of Street Photography that has been influencing the work of thousands for many years. Bruce Gilden’s name is synonymous to flash intrusive photography. He captures characters, faces and expressions that can only be shot from the closest distance. Even though Bruce Gilden has been photographing for many years, he is still highly active both on the streets and on the web. In 2014 he shot a couple of videos for website vice.com in which he critiques Vice readers photos and explains what is a good photograph. Bruce Gilden’s work has been exhibited all around the world and has been published numerous times. He is a winner of multiple awards and has had many short documentaries made about him. He teaches workshops and is always working on something new. His influence on the wider Street Photography Community is huge without a doubt.
Website: http://www.brucegilden.com
Magnum profile: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZS6V

Nicholas Goodden

Street Photographer Nicholas Goodden

Nico is a Street Photographer based in London. He is founder of the Street Photography London collective. He has had his work exhibited and featured online in numerous respected websites such as the Huffington post, The Phoblographer and more. Nico has been interviewed many times on Street Photography. A list of some of his most well known interviews can be found on his website. Olympus has chosen him as an Olympus Ambassador and has featured him in the Olympus Magazine quite a few times.
Website: http://www.nicholasgooddenphotography.co.uk

Alex Webb

Street Photographer Alex Webb

Alex Webb, originally from San Fransisco, USA, is a massive Street Photographer with tremendous experience that has impacted the wider Street Photography Community with his publications and unique style of photography. Webb is a genius of composition, with an unbeatable understanding of colour, that can see the world in slow motion and capture it in all its glory like nobody else. All of his photographs are visually rich and complex and have a strong story to tell. Besides being a charismatic Street Photographer, Alex Webb is also a member of the elite Magnum Photos international photographic cooperative.
Website: http://www.webbnorriswebb.co/
Magnum profile: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53Y_H

Tatsuo Suzuki

Street Photographer Tatsuo Suzuki

Tatsuo Suzuki is a Japanese Street Photographer that lives in Tokyo. He has been an active Street Photographer since 2008 and since then has won many awards and contests. His work has been featured by Nikon in Asia and has been published by online magazines. Tatsuo shoots in black and white exclusively and from very close distances. He is clearly influenced by Daido Moriyama and the Japanese B&W grainy photographic style. His photographs are dynamic and powerful.
Website: http://justatoy.pixu.com
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tatsu001/

Kevin “Shakes” O’Meara

Street Photographer Kevin "Shakes" O'Meara

Kevin is a  street/documentary photographer, based in the United States and a member of the Elephant Gun Collective. Shakes is a hard core street shooter that doesn’t hesitate to photograph people at their most intimate, most personal and vulnerable moments. He gets close and makes a connection with his subjects and manages to capture on film the often harsh reality that surrounds us in a raw yet, alluring way. In collaboration with Kevin Horn, he has published the book DAY & NIGHT in which he shoots exclusively photos during the night, in contradiction to Kevin Horn who shoots photos during the day.
Elephant Gun Profile page: http://www.750grain.com/omeara

Kevin Horn

Street Photographer Kevin Horn

Kevin Horn is a Cinematographer & Street Photographer from Saint Paul, MN. Strongly influenced by cinematography, Kevin manages to capture storytelling photographs. He has a strong interest in backgrounds and focuses more on them rather than his subjects that are used in his photos more as props. This is why in the majority of his street work most faces of people are not visible. In collaboration with Kevin “Shakes” O’Meara, he has published the book DAY & NIGHT in which he shoots exclusively photos in the day, in contradiction to Kevin “Shakes” O’Meara who shoots photos during the night.
Website: http://kevinhornography.com/

Valerie Jardin

Street Photographer Valerie Jardin

Valerie is a French Street Photographer that lives in Minnesota in the United States . She is an extremely active person who is very interested in humankind and the beauty that surrounds it. Valerie never rests! She teaches workshops on an international scale, constantly travelling from one big city to another and is also the hostess of the street photography weekly podcast Street Focus! While not teaching and recording her podcasts she writes for an Australian-based dPS magazine (Digital Photography School). In addition to all the above she has had her work exhibited in both the USA and Europe, featured in magazines and many websites, written countless blogs posts, and has been interviewed on shows, the radio and podcasts. She influences hundreds of people with her work on a daily basis.
Website: http://valeriejardinphotography.com
Podcasthttp://thisweekinphoto.com/category/street-focus/

Trent Parke

Street Photographer Trent Parke

Trent Parke is a Street Photographer from Adelaide Australia, originally from Newcastle. He is a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos international photographic cooperative and the iN-PUBLiC Street Photography collective, the first of its kind. Trent Parke has published 6 books to date and has contributed to at least 5. His work has been exhibited countless times all over the world and is held in 5 Australian public collections for all to see. Additionally he has been awarded many times for his work on a national and international level including receiving the World Press Photo Award a total of four times. Trent Parke is a huge inspiration to Street Photographers from all over the world and a huge influence to the wider Street Photography Community.
Magnum Photos Profile: www.magnumphotos.com/trentparke
iN-PUBLic Profile: www.in-public.com/TrentParke

Tavepong Pratoomwong

Street Photographer Tavepong Pratoomwong

Tavepong Pratoomwong is a Street Photographer from Chanthaburi in Thailand. He has participated in many contests and awards, winning 1st place in the Miami Street Photography Festival 2014 while at the same time also being a finalist at the same contest with another photo. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and has been published in the National Geographic Magazine of Thailand and other publications.
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tavepong/

Chuck Jines

Street Photographer Chuck Jines

Chuck is an American Street Photographer based in Chicago. Besides shooting in the streets, he also covers news and social events. He is highly active on YouTube where he shares his Street Photography related videos. When not shooting on the streets, he teaches Street Photography workshops. The style of photography he shares with his students is called GritStreet Photography and it is a mixture of documentary photography, photojournalism, and street photography with a high contrast, high grain, black and white look & feel. Besides teaching workshops, Chuck also offers GritStreet Photography Video Training Courses. He has had his work published on the BBC and The Daily Mail amongst other publications.
Website: http://www.chuckjines.com

Martin U. Waltz

Street Photographer Martin U. Waltz

Martin U. Waltz a.k.a. StreetBerlin is a professional portrait and street photographer based in Berlin, Germany. Martin has had his work exhibited in many european countries and also published in magazines. At the moment he is working on a few evolving Street Photography projects. Even though Martin will share the odd colour photograph his signature style is high contrast black and white photos and that is what he is most known for. Martin is highly active on Social Media and enjoys sharing his experiences and giving advice to whoever seeks it.
Website: http://streetberlin.net

Zack Arias

Street Photographer Zack Arias

A multifaceted, highly active and influential Street Photographer based in Atlanta, GA, Zack Arias has had his work published and featured numerous times. In addition his photography has been presented by well known magazines, podcasts and online shows. He has written many magazine articles and has spoken at many presentations, both national and international. He teaches Photography workshops throughout the United States as well as Australia, Cuba, England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the UAE and also teaches online classes. In addition to all the above, Zack has published one book and is an official Fujifilm “X” Photographer. Through Fuji, he has produced quite a few Street Photography videos in India.
Website: http://beam.zackarias.com

Conclusion

Once again we would like to thank you dear Readers for helping us make this amazing list of the 20 most influential Street Photographers for 2015. Without you this would not have been possible. The participation was staggering, the shares and likes on Social Media were simply mind blowing. Your support was heart warming! So gratitude from me (Spyros), from Andrew and from Digby!

Remember that if you wish to look through all the 75 names that were submitted you can always visit our previous post “Vote for the 20 most Influential Street Photographers of 2015

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

62 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly, only one woman….. hey, guys – you can learn from women too!!! 🙂

    I also think Spyros (Street Hunters) has been very influential – certainly for me.

  2. Amazing to have established, agency represented photographers side-by-side with those whose main channel is social media. I would love to see a similar list that is juried and categorized.

  3. With all due respect, this looks so funny to me. you put Alex webb and Bruce Gilden in same list with other photographers which some of them have only few years of street photography experience and have done nothing outstanding in their photography work. It is like you put 2 Olympic athletes in same list as some high school basketball players.

  4. This kind of popularity contest cheapens street photography. Congrats to Fujifilm X and your new business venture, mate!

    • eyehateSP – I would love to hear your reasons as to why you think this list ‘cheapens street photography’.

      The idea of a vote for the 20 most influential street photographers was so that everyone reading the website could tell us who influenced them. We even ensured our original list was crowdsourced so that readers could submit people who had influenced them, but may not have appeared on our radar. Being an art form, photography is of course totally subjective, but it can’t be denied that there is a coterie of individuals whose work greatly influences street photographers looking for inspiration. This list should reflect the artists who Street Hunters readers are being influenced by right now.

      I must admit it is extraordinary that so many of the street photographers in the top 20 use the Fuji X System. I have heard lots and lots of buzz about it online, so perhaps sufficient momentum has built behind it as a good ‘street photography’ camera, I don’t know. I’m not quite sure what you mean by ‘new business venture’, but I can assure you there has been absolutely no bias in this list from the Street Hunters team based on what gear a photographer shoots with. Co-founder Spyros Papaspyropoulos is currently shooting digital with a Fuji, which he bought himself, but he also has a collection of film cameras from other brands (a couple of Yashicas and a Canonet if I remember correctly). Fellow co-founder Andrew Sweigart shoots with a Sony NEX, and I myself shoot with a Canon DSLR. So there is a spread of equipment here. If we ever accept sponsorship from any equipment companies we will make it abundantly clear in reviews, and we won’t let it influence our editorial integrity.

      If you want any questions answered mate, drop me a line a streethunters.net@gmail.com, and use my name in the subject line. Cheers, and happy street hunting!

      • I love your enterprising spirit, Spyros (http://www.papaspyropoulos.com). Love the beard and the fauxhawk. Like most people on that list, I bet street photography has been a good way for you to gain instant popularity and have pseudo authority on people, like you, who doesn’t know much about street photography. Not to mention the freebies you get.

        Your work is oozing with mediocrity, Digby Fullam. By describing street photography as an art form makes you sound more stupid and naive. I can easily name 20 street photographers whose work is more deserving to called influential than most hacks in your list errrr, popularity contest.

        Oh, Rui Palha is the king of Ikea street photography.

        “The Internet. Where fools go to feel important” – Charles Barkley

        • Hey there eyehateSP (is that wordplay for “I hate Street Photography?”) thanks for commenting and for doing us the honour of researching us 🙂 Also, thanks for pluging my personal business blog. Are you trying to get me new clients? I should give you a 10% cut for promoting my web design business. Anyway, each person is entitled to their opinion and if you don’t like what we do you are most welcome not to visit. Also, we are not here to judge other people’s work man. If you want to do that, visit public forums. But even if you want to comment negatively on the work we do here, well that’s cool with us. So, have a great day 🙂
          Thank you

          • It took you that long to figure my name out? How stupid can you be? Your profile is plastered all around your website it doesn’t take long for someone to know who you are and what you are.

            Yes, where are the women of street photography like Helen Levitt and Vivian Maier? Does Cartier-Bresson, Meyerowitz and Winogrand ring a bell to you? Are you saying that most of your readers are Rui Palha fans? People doesn’t even know half of the names in your list.

            Stop piggy back riding on the popularity of some of the name on your list.

        • Hey i feel like backing you up. This new street photography fashion is just a hip marketing tool to sell crap cameras to useless snappers with no ideas.

  5. great,all of them are great!!
    i’m so happy that i’m in 22th position it’s more than enough for me, i found out this competition at 4th of April just by luck , next time please send me an email just to let me know about future competitions or anything that include my name,thanks and keep going like that!! Dimosthenis

    • Thank you for commenting Dimosthenis! This is a crowdsourced list so the suggestions were many and we couldn’t contact everyone listed. We recommend you subscribe to our feed or one of our Social Media profiles so you are always in the loop! By the way congratulations on 22nd place!
      Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

  6. Hey¡¡¡ this is fun .. also very necessary. I regret not having proposed more names, but I’m glad that in the end the list be consistent with the reality of the XXI century…well … still a bit of inertia of the twentieth century 😀 …there are still many molds to break.

    Spyros and street hunters congratulations , you’ve taken a step that few dare to do.

    Congratulations also to the winners … but remember they also … here could be many other photographers, do not forget.

    Salud

  7. funniest comment ever: “This kind of popularity contest cheapens street photography.” yeah right… how dare you vulgarize such a rarefied art form by promoting its practice and its practitioners!

  8. im not in any social media except tumblr, i expect from you to sent me an email or a single message first no matter the crowdsourced list or do not include me at all,cause its not fair,thanks again bla bla

    • Sorry but this is not how this works Dimosthenis, however thank you for your recommendation. No, we don’t contact each and every single person listed by email or message and this is something that will not change in the future. Not including you also is not an option since many people like your work and recommended you. This is the age of the internet and since you publish your work on line others see it, like it, share it and talk about it.

  9. First of all Spyros, congratulations to you for all your work here on Streethunter and for running this extremely time-consuming contest with so much grace and patience. I was flattered to be nominated and honored to make the final list. It seems that people don’t always understand the difference between ‘best’ and ‘influential’. No one can claim to be the best at this, and no one ever will! There is no expert in street photography. If anyone think they are ‘the best’, they might as well put the camera away and quit because it would also mean that they have nothing left to learn, and that would be very sad.

    I only know a few of the photographers in this list, and they are people who inspire others through their work, their teaching, writing, etc. That’s what it’s all about! It’s about sharing the passion and the vision. It’s not about numbers or likes, it’s about a way of life and the desire to share our love for the craft so that others can experience the same joy we feel when we are ‘in the zone’.

    Thanks again Spyros for your precious time, you are quite an influence in the street photography world yourself! 🙂
    Take care,
    Valerie

    • Valerie thank you very much for your kind words and for understanding just how much hard work putting a post like this together can be. Both myself and the rest of the Street Hunters team really appreciate your comment. Thank you so much for what you are doing for the wider Street Photography Community with the Street Focus podcast. It is turning into a great resource for anyone interested in our art. Keep up the great work and Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting! 🙂

    • Leanne, I agree that it’s disappointing that there is only one woman street photographer in this year’s list of 20 most influential. There are clearly lots of superb and extraordinary female street photographers out there, some of whom featured in Spyros’ list last year of 25 Inspirational Ladies of Street Photography (http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2014/05/07/ladies-of-street-photography/).

      The final 20 on the list were decided entirely by a public vote – there was absolutely no influence from any of the Street Hunters team on the outcome. We also have no intention of introducing a ‘quota’ system – we want the vote to be decided as openly as possible. As you will see from the voting list, there were several women put forward. Unfortunately more didn’t make the final 20. I can only hope that in the coming year more female street photographers keep promoting their work online, and if they get in touch with us and we like their work, we’d be happy to feature them. One of the brilliant things about art is that it cares not what race, sex or creed you are – if your work is out there, and other people like it, there is a chance you will build a following. Here’s hoping 2016’s list features loads more great women street photographers! Cheers.

  10. Valérie Jardin got it.
    Thank you, Team of streethunters.net

    Great source for all who are infected with street Photograph. 🙂

  11. Not enough women were even considered on the long list. And Bill Cunningham was not even mentioned! Shocking.

    • Lisa thanks for commenting. The results were indeed interesting. In our opinion they show the change that the internet is making. Whereas once we had books and reputable agencies pushing Photographers and promoting them, now through social channels like flickr and Facebook, Street Photographers that are less known have managed to get their wonderful work out there and influence and inspire the masses. Sociologically and Anthropologically, this could have an even deeper interest.

  12. No matter how this election was running, it will be always critics and unhappy people.
    It selects a jury, it is not democratic enough, when people vote, the results are not
    transparent, not representative enough etc.
    Personally, I am relaxed and no matter if I’m on some lists or not, I continue to photograph because I love it .
    Theme women, yes, unfortunately, the women, as well as in other areas, are more in competition as in solidarity. very sad.

  13. Thanks, Spyros & Digby, an inspiring list of photographers…although you should’ve invited that angry 20-something troll to send in a sample of his own work so we too can be inspired by his superior take on the craft. Or not.
    It’s fair to say that lists like this are always going to upset some people with the content. Not enough women/Chinese/Africans/Estonians etc etc. In lieu of complaining I guess we can all compile our own lists and vote on that!
    Or we can just go out and take pictures…. 😉

    • Hello there Mark and thank you very much for your comment 🙂
      This list wasn’t intended to make anyone upset, however as you said, lists like these always upset some people. As for going out and taking more pictures, well we couldn’t agree more!

  14. Wow, you guys are taking way too much of beating for something that isn’t even based on your own opinions, nor did you title it “Best” Street Photographers. I see people mentioning all-time greats too, but this isn’t an all-time list. People need to read the title, it includes “influential…of 2015” in it.

    Would this be my exact Top 20? No, but so what? That’s how the vote went and personal opinions will never be exactly the same on a Top anything list when there’s so much talent out there. And of course popularity and online presence comes into play when it’s a vote, deal with it.

    Anyway, I love Street Photography, you just have to ignore that small portion of negativity that it attracts. You guys are doing a great job on this blog, it’s come a long way in a pretty short amount of time. It’s clear you all put a lot of work into it and have a strong passion for street photography. I’ve seen good work from all of you too so I wouldn’t listen to someone that hates street photography so much they came up with such a super clever screen name to show it.

    Thanks for putting this whole vote and list together and congratulations to all the photographers who made it!

    • FD thank you so much man! We believe that our post wasn’t read thoroughly by a few readers and that is what sparked some negative comments. All we wanted to do was to get more names of contemporary street shooters out there. We really appreciate your support and we wish you to Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

    • Cheers FD! Thank you so much for the kind words. The results of a subjective crowdsourced poll like this will always be controversial, so we’re grateful you’ve taken the time to read the exact details of the voting criteria and title.

      Thanks for being so supportive, we really really appreciate it! Enjoy your street photography mate.

  15. Thank you Spyros, Digby, Streethunters… Thank you for taking the time to put this together. As some have mentioned, I don’t know many on the list but I’m not surprised by this. If the list is world wide I wouldn’t expect to know them all. I look forward to viewing their work and learning more about each of them. Keep up the awesome work. I love your off camera flash video/photos (esp.#14). I wish I could join you in London. Maybe next year! Be well!

    • Hello there Mark! Thank you very much for commenting. We are glad you like our off camera video/photos! We had a blast shooting during those insane days of the Carnival! As for London, it is a shame you will not make it, but as you said, maybe next time!
      Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

  16. Are we talking about influence or social media popularity? Social media popularity you can buy and generate by scripts for some bucks and at least one of the listed people uses it.

  17. Don’t you love how the writer explains time and time again and yet people are “shocked” by the votes that result and voice their disapproval. Why not do something constructive and do your own list with your views instead of having a go at The writer?

    Too easy to troll and show how clever your words are whist hiding behind a keyboard? I wish the writers would just delete the negatives who abuse and make these places more enjoyable to visit.

  18. Street Photography is not capturing photos from the street, but it is a capturing photos from anywhere, anytime and that a little story also. This thing makes the photo unique and attractive. Really, They are a great street photographer. I also like street photographs.

  19. I don’t mean any disrespect, but this article really upsets me. Putting Eric Kim and a few other unestablished photographers in with Bruce Gilden, Alex Webb and Trent Parke is disturbing. This is like creating a list of the greatest artists of all time and listing Leonardo da Vinci with Charles Shultz. Even if this list is accurate according to polls, I think it’s unethical. Not only has this degraded the life long careers of three masters of photography, it gives readers the wrong impression. I have studied 1000’s of images by these three Magnum photographers and I can assure you, Eric Kim is not even remotely on their level. These three are master designers, Eric Kim and some of these others clearly are not. Great photography and great art is not subjective and it can be measured. Again, the reason I’m writing is not to be negative, but I think there should be some credibility and some sense of understanding what great art is. I find this disappointing and hope in the future I see more balanced reading material. I wish you the best moving forward.

    • Hello Jim and thank you for your comment.

      I think that you have not understood the purpose of this blog post. It is not about the best street photographers or a post about the street photographers that have made or are making photographic history such as Alex Webb, but it is about the most influential street photographers based on what the Readers think. How each person is influenced depends on many factors and those factors are personal for everyone, so you can’t really judge what people have voted. I don’t think that is fair to be honest. I am sure that if you made a personal list, it would have been different. My personal list would have been different too. But this is the result of more than 21000 people.

      As for Eric whom you mentioned, in my opinion I think he is a hard working individual and has helped many people get into Street. If it wasn’t for him and his dedication to the art I am sure there would be fewer street photographers around. I respect his hard work and consider him an influence in Street Photography because of it, and by the looks of it so do the the Readers of this blog.

      I hope to see you comment more on http://www.streethunters.net in the future.

      Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

  20. Having Eric Kim in the same list as the likes of Rui Palha, Bruce Gilden (!!!!!) and Chuck Jines is an offense to photography… no Brian Soko?!?! wow…

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