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All images used with permission by Mark Hemmings.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Mark Hemmings, a travel and commercial photographer based out of St. John, Canada. A trip to Japan in 2000 proved to be a turning point for Hemmings as it caused him to realize that he wanted to be a photographer. With an old camera and several rolls of slide film, he photographed landscapes in Nagano, and before long, he transitioned to other genres of photography.

With his brother Greg, he opened up Hemmings House, a production company based out of St. John, where he serves as the Director of Photography. When he isn’t photographing commercially, he can be found somewhere around the world teaching workshops. He’s an avid mobile shooter, too, as he frequently practices street photography with his iPhone.

We previously interviewed Hemmings early last year. For his portfolio, check out his website. For his street work, see his Facebook, and for his iPhone pics, see his Instagram.

At one point in the episode, Hemmings speaks about the importance of Gertrude Käsebier’s Silhouette of a Woman/A Maiden at Prayer, a historical photograph which you can find here.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz pianist.

Sit back and enjoy this episode of ISO 400.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer A Street Photographer's Notebook for iPad Review (2 of 9)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.6

One of the best tools that every photographer can always look back on are eBooks. And in the case of Shaun Hines, he’s back again with a brand new eBook for street photographers. The author of Unravelling the Mysteries of the Little Black Box has decided to make his talents much more specialized and in a very bite sized package. In fact, we’re talking about two chapters and a very rudimentary introduction to street photography.

A Street Photographer’s Notebook is short introduction to the art of street photography that doesn’t spend too much time getting its rocks off on gear–instead it focuses on the thought process from a very personal view.

And like many personal views, we don’t agree with all of it.

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All images by Nicole Struppert. Used with permission.

Photographer Nicole Struppert is a photojournalist that loves to shoot street photography because of all the surprising things that seemingly pop up around her. And while others may normally find the scenes mundane, she sees the world in shapes and geometry.

The story of how Nicole got her start is one that many film photographers can relate to: it starts with a roll of film that didn’t turn out and that devastates most shooters. But it eventually blossomed into something that she makes a living off of.

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All images by Zac Patsalides. Used with permission.

Zac Patsalides is a wandering street photographer. If you happen to find yourself in Thailand, you might come across a fellow with a Leica M Monochrom around his neck and an affinity for capturing the moment. Patsalides dedicates his time almost exclusively to black-and-white photography, so much so that when he looks around, he sees in monochrome. Here, Patsalides shares some of his story and his street photographs from his travels in Asia.

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When I returned home to New York from Istanbul this past summer, I looked at my city with new eyes. My summer abroad was my first time living away from home, and it was my first time spending any significant amount of time photographing outside of New York. It’s fair to say that the newness of Istanbul for me had the capacity to make everything seem interesting, from someone crossing in front of a mosque to arms converging on a tea platter. What it gave me, however, was a keener sense of awareness.

There’s a certain degree of discomfort that comes with living in a new city. Routines are upended and creature comforts have to be redeveloped. I settled into my life in Istanbul, but not fully. On public transit, a frequent photographic haunt for me, I was too often hyperaware of my surroundings because I never completely internalized routes, whereas in New York, I could fall asleep and wake up at my stop. In Istanbul, I kept my role as observer, and when I got back home to New York, I had to settle back in.

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All images by Lester Cannon. Used with permission

Photographer Lester Cannon hails from the California Bay Area. His job as a Sergeant in the US Army has allowed him to do lots of traveling–and for the past five years he’s been based in Germany. “Portrait and Photojournalism/Street Photography are my what I love the most. I enjoy traveling all over the world and photographing as many beautiful and interesting people I can find.” says Lester.

Lester is a true Renaissance man: he sometimes shoots digital, but has mastered the art of modern film photography like few other photographers have in this digital age. He shoots the photos that we all wish we could get with film.

And as he tells us about his portraits, it’s all in the eyes and the face.

Be sure to follow Lester on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Vimeo.

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