I have an image of a little man in a homburg and mac with a moustache and John Lennon specs skulking around the wet streets of Paris with a Leica rangefinder.
From &apos;Street Life in London&apos;, 1877, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith William Fish, The Blackburn Murderer (raped and murdered a 7 year old girl, Fish was hanged on Monday, August 14th, 1876, at Kirkdale Prison, Liverpool)
1 – The famous decisive moment - bresson&apos;s idea of the decisive moment is where if you took the picture two seconds afterwards the moment you were trying to capture wouldn&apos;t exist. 2 - face bang in the middle of the frame, chopped off feet, image not straight, does that matter?
photo by Matt Stuart
by Laurent Roch - homage to the HC-B decisive moment photo?
Shin Noguchi 2013
photo by Paul Russell - Every picture tells a story - Both figures bang on the thirds – your eye follows the line from the guy on the left’s eyes to the seated man. Is it posed? who cares!
Smoking on the tube?
photo by Johnny Stiletto – 8 December 1980
photo by Brendan Corr
photo by Matt Stuart
taken by me on a summer school outing over somebody’s shoulder
Photographers have come to the club, shown their photos and explained how they did them, in doing so they have given some tips about street photography, you may choose to follow or ignore, both ways are correct, everybody has their own idea on how best to tackle the street. Here are a few ways to consider, feel free to ignore these tips
Ian with ‘The Hubble Telescope’
photo by William Klein
taken by me at Greenwich Market
Umberto Verdoliva and me
taken by me on the recent club outing
photo by Ryan Learoyd – Leeds bollards in early morning light
The Hidden Lunch taken by me
Stripes - Umberto Verdoliva
USE MICK’S FOUNTAIN JUMPING PIC
selfie on French beach?
When you convert to b/w, all that nasty high ISO noise now looks like lovely grain!
There are cases where photographers have been denied permission to take photographs of their own children at football matches, by other parents with children in the game.
Street Photograpy 2014
street photography – what is it?
• It’s a type of documentary photography that features
subjects in candid situations in public places. (wikipedia)
• It can hold up a mirror to society.
• It can often be ironic.
• It often concentrates on a single decisive or poignant
• It can also provide an extremely personal view of a walk
of life the audience may know little about
…..when done well
use a long lens and hide. . . but
• it can make you look like a stalker
• you’re more likely to be stopped by security/police
• it feels a bit sleazy!
• maybe shoot over a friend’s shoulder?
use a short lens and get close:
• switch off flash, switch off shutter sounds if you can,
switch off or cover up pre-focus lights etc.
• choose an interesting street corner, check what the
light’s doing, check where people are walking from,
keep moving around.
• Maybe shoot through a bus/car window (more about
why not go to
are lots of
your first ‘street’ outing
try not to look like a photographer!
maybe use a compact camera or a phone?
some words of wisdom….
“Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera
around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be
patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile.” (Matt Stuart)
“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
MATT’S TECHNICAL CORNER
On a bright day and if your camera can, try this:-
•set your camera to aperture priority
•go wide (focal length 28mm or 35mm?)
•leave the aperture small (f8 or even f16?)
•switch off autofocus and set focus to about 10 feet
• let the ISO go higher if needed to keep shutter speed fast
•at 28mm and f16 everything from 4 feet to infinity should be
•play around with the settings…and have fun!
Freedom to photograph and film (taken from the Met Police website)
“Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in
public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents
or police personnel.”
“Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during
“Officers have the power to stop and search a person who they reasonably suspect to be
a terrorist. The purpose of the stop and search is to discover whether that person has in
their possession anything which may constitute evidence that they are a terrorist.
Officers have the power to view digital images contained in mobile telephones or
cameras carried by a person searched under S43 of the Terrorism Act 2000 to discover
whether the images constitute evidence that the person is involved in terrorism.”
The biggest problem photographers face is the ignorance on behalf of public officials
(mainly private security guards), the owners of property and subjects of your
photography. Very few officials understand the law and often photographers are told that
they are not allowed to take pictures, when in fact they are perfectly within their rights.
Public vs Private
Many of the incidents in which photographers come into difficulty is that many places
which you instinctively think are public property are in fact privately owned. This includes
shopping centres, 'public' parks (depending on the attitude of the local council), the South
Bank, even the concourse at Liverpool Street Station.
However, non-commercial photography on tube stations is allowed – the current advice
given to staff through the ‘Traffic Circular’ (LU’s rule book which is updated weekly) is:
"Tourists or train enthusiasts 'passing through' stations are permitted to take ad-hoc
photographs or film at the Station Supervisor's discretion. However, tripods are not
permitted and flash must not be used on platforms."
Many parents, teachers and even local authorities are of the opinion that a photographer
requires their permission to take photographs of their children. You do not.
Remember to respect your subjects
They are not just a part of your picture, they are also people that must be respected.
Would you like a stranger’s camera shoved in your face? No, nor would I.
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