Intro to Street Photography
Street photography is one of the most complicated forms of photography there is. It's the only one that has no rules, yet it has so many. When I first started out I fell in love with the works of others, the way they captured moments on the streets were mesmerizing. I wanted those images, I wanted to be great, and most importantly I wanted to be educated. I spent a lot of my time reading about street photography, I've also implemented a great deal of time practicing what I've learned. I'm by no means an expert, but then again no one is. What I've learned is that street photography is something personal to you, it's your perspective, you're documenting the moments around you. What pictures you take are naturally based on your personality or your mood, and much like your mood, the style of images you make will likely change over time. With this website, I want to show my personal growth and invite you all to learn and grow with me.
This area of my site is a jump-start to those interested exclusively in street photography. I'll post all my tips & tricks, books/articles I've read, things I've learned along the way and my biggest challenges. Consider this the beginners guide, or the introduction to street photography. Signup below so that we can stay in touch!
My Personal Tips
Street Photography POV Videos
Gear is the key component of photography, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about picking up a new lens, or changing focal lengths... However, it's also one of the least important things in street photography. Of course, this is just my opinion, but I've always thought of street photography as a more emotional type of genre. It doesn't matter the result of the picture, rather it's blurred, or in focus, all that matters is if the emotion is captured in the image. Despite my theory I do feel like focal length plays a big part in how you capture your image, and because this is the "Introduction to Street Photography" I thought I'd compile a list of what I think are the best camera/lens combos for each system.
You can view the "Gear Guide" here.
Recommended Street Photography Books
Bold Indicates the books I've personally read.
- Alex Webb: Istanbul
- Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light
- Bruce Gilden: A Beautiful Catastrophe
- Bruce Gilden: After The Off
- Bruce Gilden: Coney Island
- Bruce Gilden: Facing New York
- Bruce Gilden: Go
- Bruce Gilden: Haiti
- Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best
- Elliott Erwitt: Personal Exposures
- Elliott Erwitt: Snaps
- Eugene Atget: Paris
- Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
- Jeff Mermelstein: Sidewalk
- Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects
- Magnum Contact Sheets
- Mark Cohen: Grim Street
- Mark Cohen: Frame
- Mark Cohen: Dark Knees
- Martin Parr: Small World
- Martin Parr: The Last Resort
- Robert Frank: The Americans
- Stephen Shore: Survey
- Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places
- Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
- Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
- William Klein: Contacts
- Zoe Strauss: America