Matthieu Bühler Takes Us to a Dreamy Stroll Around Neon Tokyo

All images by Matthieu Bühler. Used with Creative Commons permission.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Japan is a paradise for photographers. It’s not just because of the latest and greatest in photography gear, however. Its cities are full of character that make them distinct, memorable, and certainly picture-perfect. Tokyo-based graphic designer and photographer Matthieu Bühler shows us how the capital alone makes for a dreamy street photography location in his beautiful set called Neon Dreams.

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Michelle Groskopf’s Street Photographs Use Flash to Tell a Story

All images by Michelle Groskopf. Used with permission,

Photographer Michelle Groskonpf is a fine art street photographer who shoots in a style and subject matter you don’t really see anywhere else. The LA based artist says she used to be a “creeper” but these days finds happiness in the small moments of intimacy. That’s very evident by her Instagram and she’s now on a mission to make her photos into a book. Michelle’s book is called Sentimental, and she likes to bill it as more of a monograph than a coffee table book. Michelle got her start in photography during some troubling times in her teenage years. And like many others, she found a way to creatively express herself through fine art photography. Her style combines street portraiture with bright flash that brings us all the details of a person’s face. Michelle believes that everyone, in their own way, is both important and urgent.

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Street Photography: The Ease and Difficulty of the Art Form

Rob Krauss explains the ease and difficulty of street photography.

I am a Los Angeles based Street and Documentary photographer. I have been making images for over 23 years. I use a Sony a7ii, Ricoh GR and Fujifilm X100F. My aim is to capture emotion in fleeting moments, so as to connect with the subject I am shooting and thus provide the viewers of my images with that connection as well. I have traveled to many cities in the world to shoot Street Photography including New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, Tel Aviv, Paris, London and Mexico City. I shoot primarily with the Ricoh GR, in RAW and converting to Black and White in Lightroom.

Street photography is in an interesting place in its history. More people than ever are able to participate, but that has also meant the bar for a good photo is much higher. There are too many street photos of people just walking out there and I think it is the duty of all us who really want to call ourselves Street Photographers to give more than that. I am striving every time I go out and shoot to do more than the clichés, more than the shadow play, more than the geometry. I am pushing myself to see deeper and capture the nexus of the emotional and technically perfect moment in my photos.

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Anthony Kurtz Shows Everyday Life in Senegal with Powerful Street Portraits

All images by Anthony Kurtz. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Photography has the amazing power to show a slice of life in virtually any corner of the globe, and I find projects harnessing this to be amazing. Joining my growing list of favorites of such works is a two-part series of Senegal street portraits by Berlin-based commercial, editorial, and art photographer Anthony Kurtz.

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Stijn Hoekstra Takes Us Around a Cinematic Amsterdam in Winter

All images by Stijn Hoekstra. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If you’ve seen and loved the faces and scenes of Cuba captured in cinematic style by Stijn Hoekstra, you’ll surely enjoy this featured set. The Amsterdam-based cinematographer and photographer wows us again with his beautiful photography, this time with a series of cinematic snaps of winter in his city.

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Easy Street Photography Tips for Beginners

Has street photography got you curious about shooting your city’s best candid moments but don’t know where to begin? Josh Katz comes to your rescue with a handful of tips and tricks that you can try with your camera or even smartphone camera today.

For New York City photographer Josh Katz, street photography is very much like hunting, and therefore, is an exercise in patience. The goal is to capture a compelling moment in time as it happens, without any posing of your subjects involved. You can also say that this is why street photographers “prowl” the cities they live or travel to in search of the most interesting moments to capture.

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Film Review: Lomography Lady Grey 400 Black and White (35mm and 120)

With Lomography Lady Grey 400 Black and White film, photographers have yet another choice for black and white film photography. Indeed, the look that it delivers is also something pretty special. It’s not quite Ilford Delta, not at all like Kodak Tri-X 400, doesn’t even work like Agfa APX 400 and looks nothing really like Ilford HP5. Instead Lomography repackages film from FomaPan for Lomography Lady Grey 400, but earlier emulsions were apparently Kodak T-Max 400. The film has been on the market for a number of years now and has received not only a revamp but also more and more praise as we’ve delved deeper into the analog film photography world. With that said, I can say with confidence that Lomography Lady Grey 400 can be used to get great effects by many photographers out there for a variety of reasons.

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Ron Gessel Shows the Sweet Joy of Cotton Candy World

All images by Ron Gessel. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

If you’re running out of ideas for a documentary or street photography project, you might want to do a simple exercise: Photograph something you feel is too familiar or often overlooked. You might end up painting a pretty interesting picture of something typically seen as ordinary. Case in point are Ron Gessel‘s cheerful snaps of people enjoying cotton candy.

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