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52 Street tips from the masters

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 8:37 AM
                  Leica by StamatisGR
  1. “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.” — Bruce Gilden
  2. “Turn your attention to the four-legged population.” — Ying Tang
  3. “Take a bus. Do weekly shopping. Pop into a public loo.” — Nils Jorgensen
  4. “Document some evidence of human ingenuity that would otherwise go unnoticed. Do it without including any humans in the picture.” — Michael Wolf
  5. “Get lost in a thicket of signs and structures.” — Wolfgang Zurborn
  6. “Never ignore a cliché.” — Artem Zhitenev
  7. “When you have to shoot: shoot! Don’t talk!” — Il Brutto.
  8. “Make a picture containing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” — Jens Olof Lasthein
  9. “On your knees please… take a picture from floor level.” — Matt Stuart
  10. “Play photographic poker. Look for a pair, two pairs, or three of a kind.” — Siegfried Hansen
  11. “Photograph like an assassin; suddenly and silently.” — Osamu Kanemura 
  12. “Take to the streets! Get political!” — Mimi Mollica
  13. “Look for the stars, even in broad daylight.” — Markus Hartel
  14. “Look closer to home.” — Lars Tunbjörk
  15. “Show us the aftermath.” — Maciej Dakowicz
  16. “Wander aimlessly most of the time.” — Melanie Einzig 
  17. “Wait for the rain, it makes shooting on the street easier and more interesting.” — Martin Parr
  18. “Take pictures where you’re not comfortable, where you feel exposed, threatened, or morally on the wrong side.” — Mirko Martin.
  19. “Look for a window. Through a window, out of a window, or at the reflections on a window.” — Arif Asci
  20. “Expose the banalities of the new urban landscape.” — George Georgiou
  21. “Slow down, the next picture may be very quiet and close.” — Bruno Quinquet 
  22. “Be aware of the way the camera compresses a three dimensional world into a two dimensional plane and use that to your advantage.” — Nick Turpin
  23. “Pick a spot, stay there for an hour and see what unfolds.” — Polly Braden
  24. “There is a crack in everything—that’s how the light gets in…” from ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen — Frederic Lezmi
  25. “Follow the money.” — Stephen McLaren
  26. “Talk to strangers, let them take you to places.” — Mark Alor Powell
  27. “If you’re not sure it’s a picture, shoot it anyway.” — Carolyn Drake
  28. “Bend the rules and play tricks with the mind; make documents of moments that have never existed.” — Peter Funch
  29. “Go somewhere you haven’t been before—a dog show, a polo match, a monster truck rally—and remember, the interesting things often happen at the fringes away from the main ‘action’.” — Paul Russell
  30. “Find an ambiguity that lies just below the surface.” — Jesse Marlow 
  31. “Remember Robert Capa’s words: if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Andrew Glickman
  32. “Look for clashing colours—the more lurid the better.” — Bang Byoung-Sang
  33. “Follow lines of movement for a graphic journey.” — David Gibson 
  34. “Unless the supernatural comes and plays a part and reveals itself, the picture is only as good and nice as information can be.” — Raghu Rai 
  35. “Get stuck in the thick of it.” — Otto Snoek
a. Nominate something you are going to go out and hunt for—the more abstract the better.

    b. Give yourself a time constraint.

    c. Go out and start work.

    d. Ask yourself why everything else that you encounter is so much more engaging than what you are hunting for.
e. Ask yourself whether the time constraint is a useful tool. — Richard Wentworth
  37. “The distance between yourself and others should not be greater than your arm’s length.” — Christophe Agou.
  38. “Surrealism. Now!” — Gary Alexander
  39. “When you hit that wall of utter frustration while photographing the street, when you are beyond tired and just want to give up, keep on walking—for another hour, or until the light goes entirely. Often the best photographs come when you least expect them—when you are the most exhuasted, and the most emotionally vulnerable.” — Alex Webb
  40. “Don’t ask. Shoot fast.” — Gus Powell 
  41. “It might all come together for a moment and then just as quickly it is gone.” — Narelle Autio
  42. “The different shades of grey are astonishing.” — Boris Savelev
  43. “While walking the street constantly look behind yourself, the light is always different.” — Trent Parke
  44. “Make something from nothing.” — Amani Willett
  45. “Be joyful! Dance in the street.” — Munem Wasif
  46. “See the characters but create your own plot.” — Martin Kollar
  47. “Make a picture that is funny and sad at the same time. A photograph that simultaneously evokes pathos, irony and humour.” — Jeff Mermelstein
  48. “The real subject is yourself facing the world.” — Thierry Girard
  49. “Things are what they seem to be, or maybe something else.” — Richard Kalvar
  50. “Read the street in front of you by saying to yourself everything that you see happening both near you and coming toward you (the text of the street) and the picture will present itself.” — Joel Meyerowitz 
  51. “Buildings are like humans and have their own character.” — Alexey Titarenko
  52. “If you have talent, find your own way.” — Cristóbal Hara

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G-Hopper Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Did you take part in the project?
G-Hopper Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Ha! The Photographer's Gallery's year long project.
sandas04 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Inspiring - love to read it. Something to have on the wall.
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012   Photographer
nice to hear that :)
aaroffy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
great post. very inspiring :)
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
aaroffy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
it has inspired me to start working on something ;)
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012   Photographer
good to hear that :)
noperson Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
hail the street tip masters!
mim304 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011   Photographer
Wow! This is great stuff! I'm going to make a copy and keep it with me! I need the constant reminder...
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