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Under the influence of Raghubir Singh

Introduction

“Taking pictures is like panning for gold. You do it again and again, and sometimes you find a nugget.”

How true are these words from the great Indian photographer, Raghubir Singh? Think about that quote in regards to street photography and the words ring even more true. Like a prospector looking for gold, we use our wits and our technical know-how to give ourselves the best chance to get a shot. But getting that shot is like finding the nugget. It’s like gambling. We work the elements to put the odds more in our favor, but it’s still a game of chance.

Street Photo of the Week by Jose Sanchez

Street Photo of the week by Jose Sanchez

The amazing thing about the internet is that anyone can get their message across the world and reach thousands of people without too much of an effort. Sometimes that message gets stronger depending on the number of voices that spread it. So any one of us can share our work on the web and depending how good it is, it can reach people all around the globe. Well, one day Jose Sanchez’s “message” reached me. Not in the form of an email, a text message or any other direct way one would think. Instead I kept on receiving submissions for our Flickr Group from him that I liked a lot. At first I didn’t notice his name. Then when a second and third submission popped in our Flickr Group inbox, I started to recognise him. So the other day I was looking at one of his shots and I was thinking:

Street Photo of the week by Juan María Rodríguez

Street Photo of the week by Juan María Rodríguez

Not much is known about Spanish Street Photographer Juan María Rodríguez. We spotted him through our Flickr Streethunters.net Readers group. We researched him as much as possible but not many things could be discovered. So, all we know about Juan María Rodríguez is that he is from Almería Spain and that he currently lives in Seville Spain. He uses a mixture of monochrome and black and white and his photos seem as if they each have their own style. One photo isn’t like another. Some are with wide angle lenses, others with normal lenses, others black and white and others colour. He plays with shadows, with light, with contrast, with focal points, he does portraits, he gets close and he shoots from afar. He is experimenting, searching, looking for new perspectives and new compositions. We like how he isn’t afraid to show all of his work, how he mixes things up, how he doesn’t mind to show a b&w portrait next to a colour street scene with heavy shadows. He clearly photographs because he loves it and he shoots for the moment.

Under the influence of Boogie

Introduction

The Under The Influence series has been a rewarding expedition. But, I’m not just talking about myself discovering great photographs and photographers. Unearthing the photographer’s biographies has been a surprisingly intriguing and joyful task.

I’ve always been a fan of biographies, particularly reading about the lives of historical figures. I loved going into their lives and learning how they came to be the important, or infamous, men and women whose names resonate through time. However, when I began researching photographers, I did not expect to be that drawn to their histories, their stories. But I was quickly proven wrong. Vivian Maier immediately comes to mind when I think of intriguing biographies. Lewis Hine, Robert Capa and Weegee are others that come to mind. And there’s photographers with incredible stories that are working right now, still writing their own biographies. One prime example is the photographer known as Boogie.

Street Photo of the week by Alex Webb

Street Photo of the week by Alex Webb

If you are into Street Photography then chances are that you know of Alex Webb and his work. Alex Webb is an American originally from San Francisco, California. Since high school he was fascinated by photography and in 1976, after completing his studies in Photography, he joined the international cooperative Magnum Photos as an associate member. Since then Webb has been on many assignments photographing in the American continent mostly. He has worked for magazines such as New York Times Magazine, Life, Geo and National Geographic. His work has been exhibited countless times.

I remember when I first got into shooting, whenever I used to stumble upon Alex’s images by chance on the web or when reading photography books, I was always intrigued by the way he could just freeze time in such a perfectly organised manner. Now that I have been photographing for a few years I am not only intrigued but dumbfounded by his skill! This man can really see the world in slow motion. He can foresee situations and freeze moments the second that everyone is in perfect sync. I have seen other Street Photographers do this in maybe 1 or 2 of their photos, even 3, but Alex Webb has been able to master this type of “order from chaos” photograph. He practically “owns” this style of Street Photography! A few weeks ago I read a book of his called “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image”. In that book Alex Webb writes:

Photo of the week by Matt Stuart

Street Photo of the week by Matt Stuart

Matt Stuart is from North West London where he was born in the 70s. His first involvement with Photography was when his dad got him two photography books as a gift. He was in his late teens at the time and became fascinated by the works of Henri Cartier Bresson and Paul Frank. Since that pivotal moment Matt has been a practicing Street Photographer for more than 18 years! He manages to capture unique candid moments using his patience, his optimism and his small camera to his advantage. Even though for commercial work Matt uses a digital camera, for Street Photography he prefers shooting old school and uses a mechanical Leica MP with one prime 35mm lens and his favourite Fujifilm Superia 200/400 film. Matt’s approach to Street Photography is a humorous one. He has a talent for seeing moments that when captured through his lens bring a smile the the viewers face.

Under the Influence of Fan Ho

Introduction

One of the most wonderful things about being actively involved in the photographic community is the idea of sharing. Not just sharing each other’s work, but everything else. Ideas and tips, creatively and technically, flow constantly. There’s a wealth of information out there. In fact, it can be overwhelming. It’s far too easy to be distracted by the opinions of another photographer. But when all else fails, one thing still remains… the photograph itself. And all that verbal and written noise disappears in an instant when a friend or colleague shares the work of someone else with you. The work of someone outside the circle shared by both of you. It’s kind of special, this idea… that your friend thinks enough of a particular photographer to share their work with you. When there’s nothing for them to gain by doing so. When they’re that blown away that they think you just might be, too. It’s simple, yes. It’s naive and romantic. But it’s how like-minded folks spread the gospel. Word of mouth that’s backed up instantly by an image. And this minor miracle, this phenomenon, happens every day. Sometimes it makes you stop dead in your tracks and makes you almost weep in awe. That recently happened to me when a friend of mine shared an article on the superb photographer, Fan Ho.

Street Photo of the week by Petros Kotzabasis

As I am writing this, I am flicking through Petros Kotzabasis’ Gallery on Flickr and all I can say is that I am amazed at what I am seing. His photographs are surreal, they are out of this world. Mostly in black and white he shows situations that just can’t repeat themselves. Unique moments frozen in time forever. He has an exceptional body of work full of fantastic expressions, unimaginable situations and perfect exposures that make one wonder if Petros is ever without a camera in the streets.

Saying that, I would like to note that not all of Petro’s photos have been shot in the streets. In his portfolio one will find indoor photography, street photography, landscape photography, portraits and more. There are so many different types of photos one can see and experience. I say “experience” because I find an intimacy in all of them. I get a feeling as if I am there, in his photos. By exploring all of his images one can understand that Petros Kotzabasis is a lover of the “image” itself. He will photograph anything that attracts his attention, anything that means something to him, no matter what and I think that is what street photography should be all about. It shouldn’t have any sub-genres, rules or guidelines. It should be an expression of the artist’s vision.

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Markus Andersen

“Into the Belly of the Beast” is a short video documentary about Markus Andersen, a Street Photographer from Sydney, Australia. The film has been filmed and directed by Rob Norton.

Markus Andersen is one of those Street Photographers that will shoot with anything that is available. He loves 35mm film, Medium format, Polaroids and also iPhoneography. He loves walking around Australia’s capital and shooting scenes that capture his attention. In Rob Norton’s video, Markus talks about his approach to Street Photography and Photography in general. He explains the reasons why he likes the art and what captures his attention.

Street Photo of the week by Jamel Shabazz

Jamel Shabazz is a Street Photographer from New York, specifically Brooklyn. Since he was 15 years old and for the past 30 years, he has been documenting the life of the most vibrant city in the world. During the 1980’s he made quite a few iconic images. Once of his most famous shots, is the one we are featuring today. According to his website, he has drawn inspiration from the great James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Robert Capa, Chester Higgins and Eli Reed.

Besides photographing in the Streets and being inspired by the greats, Jamel is also an inspiration for the youth of his city. He is an active member of the Rush Arts Philanthropic Foundation that aims to help young people to better understand and connect with the arts. Jamel is very interested in the well being of the youth and strives to help us much as possible through his work in the ‘Plays For A Living’, community organization. In addition to his Street work and contributions to his local community, Jamel Shabazz has also published books and has been featured in the Street Photography documentary , Everybody Street.