Has Digital Technology Ruined Street Photography?


This is a syndicated blog post from Street Silhouettes. It and the images here are being republished with exclusive permission from Horatio Tan.

This is not going to be a popular opinion. However, in the course of starting a discussion, sometimes it is helpful to speak from a dissenting position. I want to talk about street photography.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love street photography. In fact, I have been known to do it myself. However, there is something about street photography that just isn’t sitting right with me. It has to do with what street photography has become, as a result of digital technology.

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The Phoblographer Answers: Should You Photograph Homeless People?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II first impressions images (19 of 22)ISO 2001-3200 sec at f - 1.7

For many years, photographers have documented the homeless in an effort to get people to pay attention to exactly what’s going on in the world outside of their bubble. The intentions are usually valiant, but sometimes it doesn’t work out very well for various reasons. In addition to that, there are also loads of ethical issues that need to be addressed beforehand.

The inspiration for this post? A reader asked!

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How To Start A Successful Photography Business


Looking to start your own photography business? Camera+ app co-creator Lisa Bettany shares her advice on how to thrive in a competitive industry.

Award-winning photographer and best-selling Camera+ app entrepreneur, Lisa Bettany, started her first photography business without a camera. After a tragic figure skating accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, she borrowed a friend’s DSLR and she began exploring photography as a creative outlet.

“I was living in Vancouver at the time and I had access to a lot of friends who were actors, musicians and models. So I started taking picture of my friends and their gigs. They really liked what I was doing and they actually started to pay me. I thought, ‘Wow, maybe I can leverage this into something else.’”

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For Exposure: The People Who Want Artists To Work For Free


In partnership with Format Magazine. This is a syndicated blog post from Format Magazine. It and the content here are being used with exclusive permission. Original piece by Jessica Bloom. Syndication by Anthony Thurston. 

Every creative professional has heard the phrase “for exposure.” It means that your work will be seen by a new audience, but it mostly means that you won’t be paid.

Sometimes there are benefits of working for free (see: designer Jessica Hische’s Should I Work for Free flowchart) and it continues to be a controversial topic within the creative community as some will say that it devalues all artists’ work while others point out that unpaid work can lead to bigger projects or be a new addition to your portfolio.


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On the Idea of Replacing Photographers and Photo Editors with Machines

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 product images (14 of 16)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

If you read more and more about the future of imaging tech, you’ll see a lot about a very popular theory in communications technology: as we use technology, we become the technology. Essentially, it means that human beings are becoming more and more lazy. For example, the automatic mode on cameras is a great example of this. But technology and image capture are evolving at such a rapid pace that the art world is continuing to keep pace with. As more of this technology becomes available to the masses, the cream of the crop will always rise above the rest.

Let’s take a closer look.

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We/You All Suck at Street Photography; and That’s Okay


Street Photography isn’t simple and instead is something that requires a number of incredible parallel factors to all line up accordingly–and when cameras start to do nothing else but constantly log life at a higher resolution, it will require human elements beyond algorithms scrubbing for “good images” to actually have someone call themselves an artist. The art form has obviously become more and more popular with Instagram, EyeEm, and VSCO becoming a norm for photographers and people who just like taking pictures. Everyone has the potential to become a fantastic street photographer; but not everyone has the affinity, devotion, and understanding of the art to truly make it work.

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10 Under 10K: Emerging Black and White Street Photographers on Instagram


This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. To see more, head over to La Noir Image and subscribe for as little as $15/year. Blog post originally written by Katherine Phipps.

Some of the best are the ones we don’t know about.

I was truly impressed by what I saw while scouring Instagram to show you ten mostly monochrome street photographers to inspire you this month. The thing that excited me most was just how many people are making work like this, and how diverse and interesting street photography really is. In the tradition of the great street photographers of earlier decades, there are people all around the globe adding to the visual record of person, culture, place, and architecture and sharing it with their fellow photographers and humans. Here are some mostly black and white feeds that you’re bound to find particularly inspiring and some reasons why.


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