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    Photo published by Tasos Biris
    Photo published by Tasos Biris - PhoSAthens Party

    Introduction

    I had the pleasure of participating in the PhoS2017 Street Photography Days – Athens Street Photography Festival last weekend as a lecturer and as a member of one of the parties (Streethunters.net) that organised the event together with iFocus, BULBphotos Collective and the SCP community. Phos is the Greek word for “Light“.

    PhoSAthens (#PhoSAthens), as we like calling it for short, is the first and only free street photography colloquium in Greece, made by street photographers for street photographers. You can find more information about the festival in our official PhoSAthens press release.

    I had high expectations for the festival, and I’m delighted to say they were more than surpassed! I enjoyed myself immensely and from what I heard, everyone that attended and participated really liked the experience.

    Photo published by Tasos Biris
    Photo published by Tasos Biris – Michail Moscholios, Tasos Biris, Dora Lavazou & Timos Lytras

    Here are the reasons why I think PhoSAthens was so much fun:

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    Jeremy Brake Soul Street Photography Cover

    I was talking to my friend about photography and he mentioned how he absolutely loves his new camera. The resolution, sharpness, dynamic range are all amazing. As I walked home I remembered that my own camera is getting up there in age. I thought about the street photograph that I missed last week, and how it was so close to being great but my camera missed the focus.

    GAS & Street Photography

    When I’m home I sit down in my chair and search for reviews on new cameras. First I start with all the new crop sensor cameras, then the lenses that I want for each system, then I realise that if I’m going to invest good money on sharp lenses I may as well put the money into a full frame camera that can really utilize their capabilities. Naturally I search reviews for all of the new full frame cameras out there. Then in the suggestions box I notice a review for a medium format camera and I figure that if I sell all of my current gear and stick with one camera and one lens for a little while, I could afford it. So after doing research on all of the medium format cameras a thought hits me, if I’m going to spend this much money on such an expensive camera, I may as well go all out and get a view camera. Naturally I go onto eBay to see what a view camera will cost me and after a mild heart attack I start to do some research on how to build a view camera and just buy the lens. That’s when I realise it’s one o’clock in the morning and I seriously need to get some sleep.

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    PhoS Athens 2017 – A free street photography festival in Athens in November 2017

    We’re continuing the countdown to the PhoS Athens street photography event – a free street photography event taking place in Athens between the 10th and 12th November 2017 which Streethunters.net is helping to organise! Last week we brought you the announcement of the official programme for the PhoS street photography festival, which will include presentations, portfolio reviews, workshops, photowalks, exhibitions, and more! As well as all these events, one of the most hotly anticipated aspects of PhoS Athens has been the street photography photo contests held in the run-up to the festival. Read on for more…

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    Photo by Constantinos Arvanitis

    Introduction

    We have been blown away by the amount and quality of submissions to the Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contests, and each month has brought a new cavalcade of eye candy for us to behold. Roy Rozanski, Kristof Vande Velde, Christoph Wuzella, Sreejith Kaviyil, Zlatko Vickovic and Svilen Nachev have given us the cream of the crop through for the first six months, and they have clearly set the tone. With each month, the act of choosing becomes a more blissfully arduous task because of the standard set by the previous winners and the influx of quality work.

    The calendar turned to July, the third episode in a five-month stretch where the Monthly Theme Contests will be focused on colors. As the weather started heating up, the theme got cool with color blue. But were the submissions to be cool as well?

    Indeed they were! We were hit with a blast of blue, and once again, tough decisions had to be made. And once again, as we climbed into the ring to take blow after blow of blue, we knew the winner had to be more than just a snap with blue in it. Constantinos Arvanitis brought it all together with his winning shot, giving us his work that not only nailed the color, but also married it with impeccable timing and clever composition.

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    One of the fabulous things about street photography is the myriad of different styles it offers. All different flavours and colours of shooting can fall under the street photography genre umbrella: black and white street photography, street portraits, colour street photography, slow shutter speed street photography, and of course flash street photography and off-camera flash street photography to name but a few! The technique I want to discuss today is a really effective one to use if you are a street photographer who enjoys creating street shots with punchy, powerful graphic quality, often with natural light, but sometimes even with artificial light. It is known as high contrast street photography.

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    Street Hunt video 25

    Introduction

    Dear Streethunters.net Readers hello!

    Today I am happy to present to you our latest Street Hunt video, Street Hunt No25 that we shot in London, UK for the 3rd Annual Street Hunters meeting!

    Older Street Hunt Videos

    Before I continue, I would like to list all previous Street Hunt videos, in reverse order, for your convenience just in case you have missed them:

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    William Gedney's 'Only The Lonely'

    There’s both a feeling of sadness and the joy of discovery when first exposed to a photographer’s work with a posthumous book release. Much more so when the photographer is one who worked in relative obscurity. I’ve experienced this before and written about it in my reviews of collections from Vivian Maier and Leon Levinstein. The feeling of sadness is genuine, though. These previously unheralded photographers practiced their craft not for glory, but because they were compelled to. It really is a thought that is hard to comprehend in these times, where over-sharing is the norm. Granted, social media was not a factor in decades past, and the notion of making photographs for one’s own self, without self-promotion, may seem absurd to many today. But, as crazy as it may seem, some do and their reasons are not to be questioned. If anything, we just need to be thankful that a curator/editor realized that the photographs needed to be published for us to enjoy.

    William Gedney (1932-1989), I have to admit, was unknown to me before I received a copy of William Gedney: Only the Lonely, 1955–1984 (University Of Texas Press, 2017). That being said, Only The Lonely provides a grand introduction to a photographer who surely deserves the recognition and appreciation that escaped him while he lived.

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    Street Photography Abroad

    Travelling is important for your street photography. It is not the be all and end all, and a great many street photographers consistently produce great bodies of work shooting in one location or home city. But for a great many other street photographers, travelling is an amazing way for them to get inspired, and if they travel specifically for their street photography, often gives them the time and opportunity to focus on their street photography that they wouldn’t normally have which is also very important. And all these factors are increased dramatically if your travelling for street photography extends to a foreign country. Everything becomes just that little bit more exciting and a little bit more exotic. At Streethunters.net we’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed several opportunities to visit foreign countries for street photography, so we wanted to take the opportunity to share what we’ve learned along the way with you, so read on for our top tips for planning a street photography trip to a foreign country.

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      3rd Annual Street Hunters Meeting - LSPF
      Vineet Vohra presenting

      Introduction

      On the 21st of August 2017 my summer adventure began! It was the day I travelled to the UK for the 3rd Annual Street Hunters Meeting and so much more. I knew deep in my heart that I was going to have a great time, but it turned out to be so much better than what I had imagined. In all honesty it was one of the best weeks of my recent life and what made it so amazing was all the wonderful friends who showed me so much love, fun and support. To show my appreciation to them, I decided to write a longer than usual blog post because I would like to share with you, dear Readers, the importance of friendship and to express my gratitude towards street photography for giving me the opportunity to meet up with old friends and to make many, many new ones. Because what photography is all about is true life experiences and recording those moments and keeping them forever. So thank you photography for opening up this whole new world of friendships and opportunities for me.

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      Svilen Nachev Street Hunters interview cover

      Introduction

      The Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contests have produced genuinely exceptional winning shots. We here at HQ expected great work, and, quite honestly, this year’s crop of winners have exceeded our expectations. Through the first five months, Roy Rozanski, Kristof Vande Velde, Christoph Wuzella, Sreejith Kaviyil and Zlatko Vickovic have not only cleared the bar, but also raised it! Needless to say we get a ton of submissions every month, and the work of these previous winners has made us better judges for it!

      June found us in the second instalment of a five-month stretch where the Monthly Theme Contests will be focused on colors. May kicked off the run with the color green, which was utterly crushed by Mr. Vickovic. June’s theme was the color red, the most passionate of the primary colors. We were anxious to see if we got flooded again with quality images.

      Well, we were swept away by a River of Red! But like we said before, the photo really had to stand out within the constraints of the color theme. A photo with just that color element would not be enough! The cream does indeed rise to the top, and for the month of June, Svilen Nachev has ascended to the peak with a cracking, clever shot that features one boastful banty with a bold red beard!