Street Photography Festival (London)
If you are a keen photographer don’t miss your chance to take part in an exciting event – London Street Photography Festival. Although this year’s festival has come to an end, make sure you are ready for the 2012 competitions, exhibitions, workshops and photo-walks .
What is Street Photography?
While Wikipedia describes it as “a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings” according to LSPF it is “un-posed, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings.”
Street Photography dates back to 1870s, when cameras and processing techniques became portable. Many classic works of street photography were created in the period between roughly 1890 and 1975 using small 35mm, rangefinder cameras, most famously the Leica.
Street Photography Today
You might say it has become a way of recording street culture or a technique to capture the image of our society – everyday situations that you might not necessarily notice or be familiar with. In this way street photography becomes very personal, documenting and recording subjective views.
One of the key aspects of street photography is that the photos are unplanned, taken without any prior arrangement. It needs to be spontaneous – observing the surroundings and grabbing the one off moment to freeze it in time.
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If you would like to see more photographs taken by the best know photographers visit the Magnum Photos website, for more contemporary street phototography have a look at Nick Turpin’s photos and for more information use the photo.net street photography guide.