Street photography

Street photography is hot these days. Henri Cartier Bresson is obviously one of the heros in this genre and with the revival of the Leica brand, the increasing capable camera’s of smartphones and 4/3 camera’s being very in vogue, a lot of people seem to be attracted to this art now a days. I have mixed feelings with this phenomenon. With the practice itself and it’s popularity. Catching everyday moments and transform them into a piece of art can truly be a celebration of life, stressing the power of Now. But just with all things ‘underground’, it loses somewhat of its appeal when becoming mainstream. Taking a picture of someone without any permission can be inappropriate and annoying for the person confronted with your love of street photography. The picture of this man, taken in Amsterdam, represents a typical example of taking photographs on the street. Intriguing looks and personality and therefore just begging to be photographed ;-). Shot from the hip, without his permission. In my humble opinion shot with respect. However, very debatable as well, so feel free to comment….

2 thoughts on “Street photography

  1. Agree that Henri Cartier Bresson was one of the most influential photographers of this genre. I was very fortunate to have caught an exhibit of his in Zurich.


    Very challenging genre..thin line between photography and invasion. One problem with asking permission is you usually end up with a less than desirable “staged” image. I prefer to respectfully shoot first, trying to avoid rude interruption.

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