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I enjoy reading articles and viewing videos regarding established photographers, especially the interviews. Sadly, many of the great photographers have passed away but their images and interviews survive.

There is a great deal to be learned by reading and listening to the experiences of those who have passed and the new generations of photographers who have followed them.

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Ralph Gibson
Although not specifically on the subject of street photography, Ralph Gibson discusses 'The Point of Departure' and 'The Project' -


Leica M10-P Camera
The following video discusses the Leica M10-P - perhaps the ultimate 21st Century 'Purist' Camera for Street Photography but at 1.50 secs into the video, Mathieu Bitton pretty much sums up photography in a few words -



Steve MCurry (born April 23, 1950) is an American photographer, freelancer, and photojournalist. His photo Afghan Girl, of a girl with piercing green eyes, has appeared on the cover of National Geographic several times. McCurry has photographed many assignments for National Geographic and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1986. Steve was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Penn State University. He originally planned to study cinematography and filmmaking, but instead gained a degree in theater arts and graduated in 1974. He became interested in photography when he started taking pictures for the Penn State newspaper The Daily Collegian. He has spent more than three decades on the road as a documentary photographer and is the recipient of the Leica Hall of Fame Award for 2011. Steve's Website is worth a visit.

Rui Palha was born in April 1953, in Portugal, and lives in Lisbon. He started photographing when he was 14 and now is one of the most renowned and respected street photographers in the world. In 2011, Rui’s book “Street Photography” was awarded the “Best Work of Photography” by the SPA Portuguese Society of Authors. Throughout the years, Rui Palha was considered one of the best street photographers by many websites and photography blogs, including Leica Cameras Blog, Street Hunters and Top Teny. Looking at Rui Palha’s work you can feel his world and connection with people at the moment he captures the picture. A simple description - "his photos will touch your soul." Check out some of his images in the video below - also an Interview


Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American amateur street photographer who was born in New York but grew up in France, and after returning to the US, worked for about forty years as a nanny in Chicago. During those years she took about 100,000 photographs, primarily of people and cityscapes most often in Chicago, although she traveled and photographed worldwide. Check out the following video
containing some of Vivian Maier's Street Photography and more information on the official website -  Vivian Maier



Henri Cartier-Bresson is reckoned to be the forefather of street and reportage photography and many of today's street photographers have copied his style.



Ted Forbes covers 10 of his favourite street photographers -


Annie Leibovitz - (Anna-Lou Leibovitz born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer best known for her engaging portraits, particularly of celebrities, which often feature subjects in intimate settings and poses. Portraiture is an interesting niche area of photography but for the average enthusiast photographer the ability to find subject matter can prove very difficult. Apart from a few family subjects, I have tended to shoot people's faces on the street. Annie has no such problem and with access to famous faces, her work is very engaging. Ted Forbes discusses one of her books and her work in this video -


Saul Leiter (December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013) was an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognised as the New York school of photography. Leiter was an early pioneer of colour street photography. His most personal work was largely ignored until the release of Early Colour in 2006. Interest in his work exploded in the last years of his life, and since his death in 2013. T. Hopper discusses Saul Leiter in this video -


Ralph Gibson - An interesting video interview on the life and photographic career of Ralph Gibson -


Joel Meyerowitz - 'Taking My Time' photographer Joel Meyerowitz describes how he searches for ephemeral connections between things around him - then puts them in the frame. His analysis of a Leica M camera optical viewfinder vs a SLR (through the lens) viewfinder camera is exceptional. Of course, the Fujifilm X100 series of compact 'fixed lens' cameras with their 'Leica Style' optical viewfinders are a seriously cheaper option that a Leica M series (film or digital) camera. Also, another video of Joel Meyerowitz - On the Street.


Linda Wisdom - Linda is a professional photographer & lens-based artist, specialising in fine art street, urban and lifestyle photography. She has been a part of many successful exhibitions including the London Photo Festival in Borough, Photo City London in 2017. Linda won 'Best Street Life' category with the British Life Photography Awards 2016 and was commended again in 2018, where her image was exhibited at the Royal Albert Hall for two months and published on the cover of their official 2018 BLPA winners' book. Linda's photographic collection is well worth a visit. Please click on the image below -


Joe Cornish is a British photographer noted for his large format landscapes. Born in Exeter, Devon, England in 1958, he graduated with a degree in Fine Art from 'University of Reading' in 1980 and then went to America to train as a photographer's assistant. From 1982 he moved to London working first as a freelance assistant before starting out as a general-purpose commercial photographer. His site features a landscape gallery, and a gallery of notable photographers as well as photographic workshops. His website is well worth a visit and please click on the image below -


Karol Nienartowicz - Mountain Photographer: Karol's website is awesome and well worth a visit. He is a mountaineer, and he would have to be, to produces such incredible images. Please click on the image below to access his website -



Ian Brumpton (born 1969) is a photographer from England currently living in London. He’s self-taught. In his street photography, Ian Brumpton prefers a rather non-confrontational approach as opposed to an aggressive “in-your-face”-style. Respect for the subject is very important to him. He’s an attentive observer of everyday life on the streets looking for extraordinary moments -


Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American fashion and portrait photographer. He worked for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and Elle specializing in capturing movement in still pictures of fashion, theater and dance. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century".


Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, who became an American binational. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled ‘The Americans’, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. He is often regarded as one of the best street photographers of the 1950s. His unique style differs from the classic documentary photography style promoted by ‘LIFE’ and other popular magazines of that period. He preferred shooting the daily life of average people who lived in America. Check out the video below displaying his images and an Interview Video.


William Klein - "Almost everything is coincidence and luck and chance." He is one of the twentieth century's most important photographers and filmmakers and in this interview for Tate Media, he discusses his experience photographing on the streets of New York. Also, more on William Klein


Rachael Talibart is a professional seascape and coastal photographer. Her critically acclaimed photographs of the ocean and coast have been featured in the press all over the world. Rachael is represented by galleries in Europe and the USA, her work is frequently exhibited, and her limited-edition prints are collected internationally. She is the author of three monographs, including Sirens and, most recently, Tides and Tempests, and she writes for photography magazines. Please click on the image below to access her website -



Frederik Trovatten is a street photographer, digital marketing professional and entrepreneur. He uses his experience in shooting urban centres around the world to educate and inform would-be photographers starting out. In addition to his personal and corporate work, his Youtube channel details the how’s and why’s of street photography learnt over the past ten-plus years of shooting -



Eugène Atget (12 February 1857 – 4 August 1927) was a French flâneur and a pioneer of documentary photography, noted for his determination to document all of the architecture and street scenes of Paris before their disappearance to modernisation. Most of his photographs were first published by Berenice Abbott after his death. Though he sold his work to artists and craftspeople, and became an inspiration for the surrealists, he did not live to see the wide acclaim his work would eventually receive -




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Richard Lawrence
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