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My Affinity with Street Photography: A Love Story Like No Other

I’ve been practising street photography for roughly 6 years now. When I first started, I would walk around the streets with an old Olympus bridge camera – taking photos of anything and everything.  I didn’t actually learn the term “street photography” until two years after I started practising it.  After watching a Matt Stuart documentary, I said to myself “oh, that’s what I do” – albeit nowhere near to the same standard....
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Review: Magnum – The Art of Street Photography (Online Course)

Magnum, arguably the worlds’ number one photography collective, has put on workshops all around the world. Over the years, their A-list photographers have passed on their skills to new and experienced photographers. Now, for the first time, Magnum have delved into the world of online teaching –  focusing first on street photography. The course has almost 3 hours of content which is split into 10 lessons. Inside you’ll see appearances from the likes of Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Susan Meiselas – as well as a host of other industry-leading experts....
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How To Develop Your Photographic Voice

New photographers often want to imitate those that inspired them to first delve into the world of photography. They look at images from the past masters and confirm to themselves “I want to take photographs just like that”. They buy their first camera and tell the whole world that they are going to be a photographer. First, forcing family members to sit and pose, and second, taking photos of every sunset that they witness. But like any relationship, the honeymoon period only lasts for so long. Over time you need to become more confident in who you are and what you can do. You need to find your place in the photographic world, and it needs to hear your voice.  Doing so isn’t easy – how does one go from replicating the work of others to truly finding out who they are as a photographer?...
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How to Get More Intimacy in Your Photographs

Intimacy is a beautiful part of being human. It makes our heart beat faster, our pupils dilate and fills our brains with endorphins. To have the opportunity to record that is an extremely satisfying thing to do.  To connect with intimacy, however, isn’t always straightforward. If we are not open to the process of identifying a human connection, then the tiny moments of connectivity will slip past our eye. For this reason, we must train both our mind and our eye to spot all the amazing moments of human interaction that happen on our streets. Here’s how…...
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How Street Photography Remains My Glimmer of Hope

2018 has been an emotionally charged year for me. In a short space of time, I quit a job that made me miserable, reconnected with my Dad after 10 years apart, walked away from an emotionally abusive partner and visited 10 countries in between. Alongside that, I have started two new careers, lived in 3 different cities and got a whole new camera system!  And as we approach the final quarter of the year, it has all caught up with me. In result of this, I have found myself feeling anxious and mildly depressed. As I try to unwrap and make sense of it all, street photography has been the light carrying me through....
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Street Photography: Success Vs Meaning; Which Wins?

Okay, let’s get personal. 2018 has been an extremely intense year for me, both personally and professionally. From reconnecting with my Dad after 10 years, quitting my job, through to coming away from an unhealthy relationship. I feel I have taken my street photography to the next level. There are two images that have stood out for me in 2018, both for completely different reasons. One is an image that has generated the most popularity and success. The other provides me with a deep sense of meaning and has emotional importance....
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7 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Street Photography Project

Coming up with a street photography project isn’t easy. There’s a lot of copy cats out there and unoriginal ideas inspired by someone else. But the key here is to find inspiration and to create something that is truly unique to you. You’ve got to find your own spin or take on something. If you are wanting to work on a project, but need a little bit of direction, here are 7 places to find inspiration....
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RANT: All That is Wrong with Street Photography

We recently ran a story covering the demise of the popular street photography collective, In-PUBLiC. The community became divided over one simple photo and things became quite heated. But whilst dummies are being spat out on the floor, there are far bigger issues destroying this craft....
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How to Think in Black and White When Shooting Street Photography

The modern world is spoilt for choice when it comes to cameras, gadgets and editing tools that bring out the beautiful colours in your photographs. I have just got the Fuji XT2 and I’m learning all about those famously addictive ‘Fuji Colours’. But even in modern times, there is still a demand for that classic black and white look....
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Is This The End of In-PUBLiC? Questioning What Street Photography Really Is

iN-PUBLiC has been a long-standing and respected collective in Street Photography. For the best part of 18 years, it has featured some of the most applauded and successful street photographers. But could one simple photograph be about to bring what has been a strong source of education for so many to its bitter end?...
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Two hours on 9/11: An interview with Phil Penman

For most people who were unfortunate to find themselves amongst the terrible event on 9/11, their first action would have been to get away as quickly as possible. However, photographers are not most people…...
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The Five Street Photographers Currently Inspiring Us Who You Should Know About

Not only am I passionate about shooting street photography, I am also passionate about consuming street photography. There are so many wonderful street photographers working today, that we are almost spoilt for choice when it comes to finding inspiration. So, whether I am in a rut, want a new photobook, or just want to enjoy the skills of others; here are five street photographers currently inspiring me....
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How to Bring Your Photography Project to Life (and Possibly Get Paid)

You have had your lightbulb moment. You have come up with a creative project idea and you are sure it will catapult your career to the high heavens. Now what? In this piece, we will discuss the steps you can take to bring your photography project to life....
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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: A Critical Look at Street Photography

Knowing the back roads, the old towns and the highly populated areas like the back of your hand all contributes to potentially obtaining the maximum artistic quality in your images. Of course it takes time to develop such awareness, something that can only come from an insane amount of walk time. In light of your hard work you may become somewhat of a human encyclopedia, filled with the all the answers to any questions one may have about the street you practice your craft in. But even then, after years of collecting such information, do you really know those beautiful streets as well as you say you do?...
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How to Get Out of a Rut with Street Photography and Continue Growing

There is a mental process that goes into making photographs of everyday people in the street. Confidence is a huge driving force in you getting strong compelling visual content. And when confidence is high, so is your creative flair. However, there will be times when you’re not your best self, and a high level of creative productivity is not always sustainable. Almost unknowingly you fall deep into a rut and your photography suffers. You can all of sudden feel stuck, and find that you are asking yourself, how do I get out of this?...
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I Quit My Day Job to Fuel My Street Photography; This Is What Happened

Tapping into your creative thoughts can be a difficult process. Challenges such as lacking motivation, direction and ideas can be common brick walls almost every creative has to try and break through at some point or another. What makes the sometimes painful journey through your creative flow even more of a challenge, is trying to balance it with everything else life throws at you. Working a job, keeping a home, remaining committed to your family and friends, are just some of life’s work load that takes time away from your creative space. What, however, would happen if all those other aspects of your world disappeared? What if life’s distractions were no more and all the thoughts in your mind could be channeled creatively?...
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Does Our Street Photography Have Meaning?

I have been practising Street Photography for some time now. As the years have gone by I have been happy with the progress that I have made, both aesthetically and in obtaining knowledge. A few days ago I was reviewing my portfolio, trying to understand exactly what direction I want to go with my body of work. As I went through the images something started to bug me. In a wake-up call style moment I found myself in front of my laptop asking – “Does my work have any meaning?”....
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How to Escape Your Bubble in Street Photography

An old tutor once told me “Street Photography is not about just one good element in the frame. It is about bringing several elements together, and creating stories that are not necessarily obvious to the everyday eye”. Simply put – He was telling me my work was bland and boring, and that I needed to dig deeper if I was ever going to produce anything of any worth....
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Try This if You Have Become Stagnant with Your Street Photography

Ever find yourself feeling like you are hitting your head against brick wall with your street work? Feeling deflated, leading to something that is meant to be a source of enjoyment, becoming a monotonous burden on your mind. Coming home with with an SD card full of images that look exactly like your previous session. The same brick walls, the same angles and sometimes, even the same people. Your relationship with street photography can start to feel like a job – tagging in and tagging out, without really being present during the process in between. You do the same walk, pit stop at the same coffee shops and get the same bus home. This isn’t what street photography is meant to be and the reason it is happening is because you are staying too close to home....
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