Riccardo Magherini’s Mesmerizing Street Imagery From Bangkok

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All Images By Riccardo Magherini. Used with Permission.

“I do like let myself get wrapped up by places and time layers, searching among the images a face, a gesture, bring it to the surface and play with it.” Italian street photographer Riccardo Magherini tells The Phoblographer. His series, BKK, is the latest of this works that feature cities from Tokyo to Hong Kong, Florence and NYC.

Magherini has grown passionate about big cities since he first started in photography in 2011, on a trip to Tokyo Japan. His work in now represented in France, England, and the US, but his passion has always been the Asian metropolises. BKK focuses on the people of Talat Noi, a bustling neighborhood in Bangkok’s Chinatown. It’s “full of mechanical workshops, food stalls and street rusty second-­hand car engines stack. A dense neighborhood, noisy and smoky, alive. It was the right choice.” Magherini says of the location.

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How to Avoid Confrontation When Doing Street Photography

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When doing street photography, no photographer wants to get into any sort of confrontation. Though what you’re doing isn’t illegal by taking pictures of someone in public, it can offend or creep someone out. That’s easy to do too!

You should be aware that every photographer will get into a confrontation at one point or another–for some it rarely happens and for others it happens often. But there are ways you can avoid it.

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Vintage Camera Review: Hexar AF

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Few cameras will make a photographer’s mouth water like the Hexar AF. When it comes to some of the best point and shoot cameras that use 35mm film, it’s tough to get anything better (though there arguably are other options.) The Hexar AF is often said to be one of the best available for street photographers and has a fixed 35mm f2 lens stated to be a copy of a Leica Summicron. Everything about it is designed to be low profile.

The design of this camera is so good that it can be seen in many today–with it likeness most prominently compared to the Fujifilm x100 series of cameras. If you’re a street photographer, there’s a lot that you’ll like about this camera. In fact, even if you just want a fixed lens point and shoot, you’ll adore this camera. At the same time, there are things that could drive you a bit nuts if you crave more full control.

All film was generously processed by the Lomography Gallery store here in NYC. 

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How to Use Zone Focusing To Make Capturing Photographs Easier

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There are times and moments where even the best autofocus from the most advanced cameras won’t be able to deliver the image that you really want from them. In a situation like this, more advanced photographers often opt for a different method: zone focusing. Way before autofocus was even a concept, this is the method that was tried and true from many photographers out there. Lots of the world’s most iconic images were taken using this method and what you’ll find overall is that this old way of doing things can greatly help you out.

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Mario Palufi: Capturing Beautiful Moments in the Streets of Sydney

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All images by Mario Palufi. Used with permission.

Mario Palufi is a 22 year old photographer from Indonesia living in Sydney. He’s a street photographer and absolutely loves the medium due to the inspiration he’s gained while shooting. He works light with minimal gear and instead focuses a lot on geometry and colors.

But most amazingly, he’s found great ways to deal with angry people on the streets.

 

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Asylum of Glass: The Extensional Crisis on The Streets of Singapore

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All Images By Sebastian Chin. Used With Permission.

“The demographic of the nation has drastically shifted.” says photographer Sebastian Chin who tells us that his project Asylum of Glass documents the constant flux and societal chaos that Singapore has been experiencing for the past 16 years. “Many familiar places are now gone or different. As I converse with the people on the streets and observe how life now is very different from the one I grew up from, I cannot help but feel a quiet desperation among the people.” Sebastian continued to stated that he understands that this is just the nature of the modern world that is moving at a blistering speed.

The project draws inspiration from Robert Frank’s The Americans.

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Their Grind, Not Mine: A Photographic Study of Commuters

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All images by Lester Jones. Used with permission.

“The concept comes from exploring the notion that we spend so much of our lives working, why do we do it if even the process of us getting there makes us so vacant and miserable?” says Photographer Lester Jones about his project Their Grind, Not Mine. “For me the message is to observe commuting as an integral part of inner-city life, but to look at the human condition that it generates…”

Street photography came as a natural evolution of his street portraiture work over the years and has allowed Lester to concentrate on more of a personal type of documentation. Indeed, when thought about in the context of the work itself, Their Grind, Not Mind is rather thought provoking. Currently a work in progress, the project uses black and white to uses black and white to make the viewer absorb the series without distractions.

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Stephen Flounders: A 365 Street Photography Project in London

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All images by Stephen Flounders. Used with permission. 

“I am an amateur street photographer who started taking photos approximately 12 months ago.” says photographer Stephen Flounders–who despite not shooting for very long has done a great job with what he’s done so far. Stephen does street photography in London after falling in love with it and experimenting with different genres. He attributes this itch to being naturally curious.

“I..am naturally curious and can spend hours a day walking around observing people going about their everyday lives. I think this is one of the main reasons that I was drawn to street photography – the opportunity to capture everyday moments that will never be repeated.”

So how did he get this good so soon? He believes it to be his 365 photography challenge. We’re not the only ones who think so as even the Street Photography International group has recognized him.

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