St3v3M wrote:I thought we'd try something a little different here and see if we can get a good discussion going.
What Is Street Photography?
- Wikipedia says: Street photography
- and here are 3 Common Misconceptions About Street Photography
- but what do you think?
What's your definition, or at least your opinion?
Do you have any images that are Street but defy the common definitions?
And why does it matter that we define this thing?
This is an open discussion where the only rule is respect. Enjoy! S-
This has indeed become a fas-kinating open, respectful discussion, and pretty much seems to support the idea that much "street" is what you think it is. I find myself wondering why it needs a strict definition at all? We do like to categorize certain genres of photography (and art). Landscape seems pretty straightforward. Buildings, "urban landscape," architectural, well there we start to stray from a strict definition. Portraits? Even murkier. Many, many, many very fine portraits, character studies, have been made in what many call street. You can see examples right here They call it "street portraiture." But when one makes a highly controlled studio portrait... ? Well, we all think we know what that is, until we see something that defies pigeonholing. Consider "environmental portraiture." Commercial photography? Industrial photography? Public relations? Conventions? Weddings? (I did them all!)
I waffle because when I was working full time in my own studio I referred to it as a "general practice." I did just about everything except "street" because no one seems to engage photographers for hire to do "street" (whatever it is) with the possible exception of photojournalists, a genre of its own. Daphne and I used to joke that if it fit through the door we'd shoot it; if it didn't we'd go to it. Sure, I was probably a Jack of all trades, therefore Master of only some, but I needed to at least try to make a living so I did not specialize. This is one reason I just wonder why we feel a need to define or characterize or come up with one single word that says "THIS," This is what That Is. Who actually cares? I said earlier that I think I know it when I see it, and that applies to Art in general. Either I likes it or I duzn't. If I duzn't I moves on. Is that so terrible?
EDIT: This very famous 1937 LIFE magazine picture, made on assignment by Margaret Bourke-White, was meant only to show the aftermath of a flood in the Ohio River Valley, with a line of black folk waiting for relief supplies incidentally in front of an enormous, and enormously ironic National Association of Manufacturers billboard depicting an obviously prosperous WHITE family in their cool new car. LIFE ran it basically without comment on the irony. My personal feeling about this photo is that, while taken on assignment by a celebrated photojournalist, it is quintessentially STREET. But that's me.