Lowepro’s latest line of shoulder bags are geared towards street photography but that doesn’t mean it’s only made for that purpose; what they (they of course being the designers at Lowepro) wanted to create a series of bags that were low-profile, comfortable, and able to carry all the gear one would need for journalism photography. Available in three distinct sizes (150/250/350), the Urban Reporter should appeal to multiple types of photographers; is it a bag for you? Read on to hear our thoughts about this bag.
When you think of New York, you often think of destinations: the Empire State Building, 42nd Street, the Statue of Liberty or Central Park. And while these are all great destinations and millions of photographs are made there every year, the true allure of Gotham lies in the neighborhoods and the people that work and live there.
One of the most iconic locations has to be Harlem, which has and continues to be the wellspring of many cultural influences including jazz, dance, rap, hip-hop and fashion. It’s been a visual magnet to many photographers including James Van Der Zee, Bruce Davidson, Jamel Shabazz and many others. One of those photographers is Harvey Stein whose latest monograph is Harlem Street Portraits.
In the first half of the 20th century, photographers shot in black and white. Of course, 35mm color film didn’t come onto the scene until Kodak released Kodachrome in 1935. Serious photographers shot in black and white. To shoot color was amateurish, and by the late 1940s, Saul Leiter was making color photographs of New York City. Over several decades, Leiter created a vision of the city through the most unlikely of moments. He passed on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and left behind a body of work that has a beautiful quietude, despite the nature of its metropolitan subject.
All images by Danny Schaefer. Used with permission
Danny Schaefer, more than many other current young street photographers out there, is someone that we consider to be a well kept secret of a shooter. When I met Danny earlier this year on a photo walk with Eric Kim, I discovered a very humble, smart, and artistic man that would soon be leaving the New York area to go all the way to the west coast. We’ve chatted a bit since until he recently showed off his latest portfolio of work to me on Facebook.
Danny possesses a special skill that is tough for others to attain: he can not only capture excellent images but also carefully select and curate them for a portfolio that he keeps on Tumblr. And did we mention he is only 20 years old? Not many people have this much clarity at an age like that. In fact, Danny is now the West Coast Social Media Consultant for Leica.
Daniel Sawyer Schaefer is a photographer and cinematographer, born and raised in Los Angeles surrounded by a family of writers and filmmakers. His interest in photography began while documenting live theater and moved to street photography, documentary, and portraiture, where his drive to create images that capture narrative naturally unfolded. Featured at 18 by the LA times Framework photoblog, now twenty, Schaefer has studied in New York City at Parsons school of design, and now SACI Florence as the recipient of the International Consortium Scholarship. Schaefer works as a freelance photographer and cinematographer, studio lighting specialist, on top of being the social media consultant for Leica Los Angeles.
Danny had the time to answer a couple of questions about street photography and about having a vision.
All images by George Pantoulas. Used with permission.
George Pantoulas is a photography enthusiast that has been a Creative Art Director, designer and illustrator for much of his professional career. He recently finished a project called, “Walking London” featuring lots of stylized street photography shot in the streets of England’s capital. The images look a bit something like what Daido Moriyama might have done in his early stages; and the series has been in fact recently featured in a gallery in Greece.
The images, when internalized, portray a gritty sense of the city combined with interesting geometry and emotions from the photographer that are clearly conveyed in the framing and distance to the subjects. We chatted a bit with George about the series and about what makes for a great street photo.
Since first seeing the trailers over a year ago, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Everybody Street, a documentary film which features conversations and the work of several great New York street photographers. Featuring interviews with photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the New York street photographer.
Though street photography has been and continues to be practiced throughout the world, the Big Apple holds a special allure. The mashup of culture, class and race within a relatively small area has created a unique creative well from which these photographers have drawn. Everybody Street hopes to provide a glimpse into how an ever-changing and unpredictable city has been embraced and interpreted by a diverse group of photographic artists.