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Street Photography Festival (London)

August 19, 2011

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.”


Henri Cartier-Bresson

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.

The best know photographers of that time – Eugène Atget, Paul Strand, Lisette Model, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and Martin Parr, who documented the changing world in the urban areas.


Street Photography Today

Nick Turpin - French Street Photography

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 street photography guide.

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