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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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Brussels Street Photography Festival Logo

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Just over the horizon, past the summer months, there’s a street photography event that’s not to be missed. Ladies and gentlemen, an Open Call is underway for the second edition of the Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF)!

The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project whose objective is to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication and a visual art. Inspired by Brussels’ urban landscape, the main ambition is to provide an international platform that looks at Brussels through the fresh eyes of its citizens and engaged photographers. The festival will take place on October 6-8 across several locations in Brussels.

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FourTwoNine magazine LGBTQ exhibit

A brand new exhibition hosted by the magazine FourTwoNine may just be the shot of diversity street photography needs.

FourTwoNine, a newly relaunched men’s magazine based in Los Angeles, is seeking entries for a project documenting the real lives of LGBTQ people across the United States. Photos selected will appear in a touring gallery show beginning during Pride in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco and in an upcoming issue of our national magazine’s print and online editions.

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Christoph Wuzella interview cover

Introduction

The Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contests for 2017 are off to a fantastic start! January and the Zebra Crossings theme featured Roy Rozanski’s superbly timed shot. February’s challenging Surrealism theme was seized by Kristof Vande Velde and his otherworldy blue-flame-head photo. March threw down the gauntlet with a theme challenge that is near and dear to us at Street Hunters HQ… Flash Street Photography!

Yet again, we were flush with quality entries and choosing a winner was no easy task, even when we narrowed the finalists down to three. Flash is becoming more and more popular in street, you can see posts featuring it appearing more frequently on social media feeds and online galleries and portfolios. And Flash Street Photography has been covered quite often here at www.streethunters.net. We wanted to see a great street photo that was blasted with light and punched us right in the eyes. We got punched, alright, and it was Christoph Wuzella who delivered the knockout blow!

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Kristof Vande Velde interview cover

Introduction

The Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contest is working its way up through the gears, and some great images have been paving the way in the first two months of this year. Roy Rozanski set the tone with his winning shot for January’s Zebra Crossings theme. February served up another intriguing theme… surrealism!

There were several quality entries, and it was another tough selection. We wanted readers to knock us off our rockers a bit and they delivered! With street photography becoming more and more popular, the need to get weird on occasion is a necessity. Though there’s nothing wrong with “classic” street, so to speak, surrealism is a component that aids in keeping the genre fresh. After the dust settled, we selected a stunning shot from an extremely talented Belgian, Mr. Kristof Vande Velde!

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MoPP Pafos BULBphotos Annual Exhibition 2017 cover

We’ve mentioned the fantastic Months of Photography Pafos program here at Streethunters previously. Sponsored by the Cyprus Photographic Society, Pafos Branch, the program hosts an engaging and educational series of events for all photographers and for all ages. Included are various workshops, exhibitions, seminars and film screenings, and most are at a low cost or free! The three-month long program is seeking to establish itself as an international photography festival comparable with others, and it appears to be on it’s way to doing so in Cyprus’ beautiful Paphos, a 2017 European Capital of Culture.

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Moscholios Anti-Manual On Street Photography cover

Embracing unconventionality in photography, as well as in writing about photography, is a polarizing venture. As with any art, going against the grain can be reviled or exalted. Middle ground typically is not found until the scales are tipped to the advantage of the embracers by campaigning from the early adopters themselves. Whether this is done consciously or subconsciously, it’s only from the pimping of “challenging” work that the endeavor becomes popular, or at least, “accepted”. However, the endgame of truly challenging work does not have to be about winning the hearts and likes. About becoming wildly popular. About becoming a mass-market darling. The endgame can be the challenge itself. The challenge to make the observer think and, at the highest level, inspire.

The few street photography manuals I’ve read have not been exactly challenging, and for that matter, inspiring. Manuals, by definition, are not meant to be inspiring. That’s not to say they haven’t been helpful, fulfilling on their promise of instruction, providing tips and tricks. They offer similar bits of direction and tend to be geared towards the fledgling street photographer. That being said, a bit of dread crept over me when I found a link to Michail Moscholios’ free e-book, Anti-Manual on Street Photography in my inbox.

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Streetfoto San Francisco 2017 Cover

StreetFoto San Francisco has returned for its second annual festival, and 2017’s installment is shaping up to be even more impressive than the inaugural event! Late spring is going to get hot in the Bay Area!

Billed as an international event dedicated entirely to the art of street photography, StreetFoto San Francisco will surely deliver on that promise with contests, portfolio reviews, workshops, lectures, photowalks and exhibitions. Better yet is the list of great street photographers hosting some of the events: Bruce Gilden, Jesse Marlow, Aaron Berger, Jack Simon, and Vineet Vohra. And, some of these greats will be judging the contests along with David Gibson, Maciej Dakowicz, Graciela Magnoni, Nick Turpin, Siri Thompson, Alexander Petrosyan, Judy Walgren, Joe Aguirre and more to be announced!

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Months of Photography Paphos Public Art 2017

You may recall us talking about the Months Of Photography Paphos programs here last year. Well the highly interactive, educational and successful event is back for another run in 2017! The Public Art call for entries was announced here just a few weeks ago, but the official program is now in our hands and it is packed with another schedule of great activities and events! And, once again, all of them are at a low cost or free!

The purpose of the program is to offer quality events around the photographic art for three months and establish itself as an international photography festival comparable with others. MoPP says it’s specific objectives are to:

  • offer to the public of Cyprus quality events about photography,
  • provide an opportunity for Cypriots and other photographers to be trained,
  • build a communication and collaboration platform for Cypriot photographers with their colleagues abroad and between cultural operators,
  • accommodate new trends in artistic photography,
  • and to promote the art of photography.

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Boogie ‘Blow Your Mind’ Exhibition in Naples cover

Read almost anything on the photographer Boogie and you’ll get the impression that he is one very brave and badass photographer. That’s because he is, in fact, just that. And all the press and praise… it’s justified. We here at StreetHunters know. His latest book, ‘A Wah Do Dem’ (Drago, 2016) was reviewed here and he was also featured in the Under The Influence series). Boogie was also on our inaugural list of most influential active street photographers. But all the words written do not really do Boogie’s work justice. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. His work does all the talking.