While we are all familiar with street photography, you might ask why I’m writing about it here? In my Shoot New York City newsletter
I write about the process of shooting street. In this newsletter I write about how photography influences the way we think and see the world that we live in.
Like street art and skateboarding, street photography has become a fashion. It has become co-opted by the mainstream. It has become a cliché. Which is to say that it has become a stereotype.
Street photography is far more than one of the biggest mainstream genres of photography. It is also very much a form of art. It is therefore difficult to draw a line between what is practiced as a fad versus what the photographer intended.
Like any art form, it always looks easier than it is. And, as the saying goes, imitation is a form of flattery. All art is a process. There are no paint by numbers recipes for achieving your own personal style and becoming a successful artist.
But my intention here is really about finding a good definition of what street photography really is and what it means in the broader sense. It’s a topic which I believe is important rather than skimming over understanding what it really is.
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