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Street Photography inspiration, interviews, training and projects

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Street Photography inspiration, interviews, training and projects

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Street Photography Magazine

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

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Street Photography inspiration, interviews, training and projects

Rank #1: Street Photography Storytelling with Lauren Welles

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ON ASSIGNMENT: SEVILLE, SPAIN PILGRIMAGE TO EL ROCIO

Today our guest is New York Street and Documentary photographer Lauren Welles. If you’re a regular listener or magazine subscriber then you’ve likely heard her before. She’s a former attorney, now full-time photographer who is passionate about her craft. On top of that she’s witty, articulate intelligent and just a fun person to talk to.

I just had the best conversation with her about storytelling through photography that I want to share with you here. During our conversation she told me about a Leica sponsored workshop she is holding in Seville Spain in late May – Early June along with photojournalist John Kral. It’s part of the ongoing Leica Akademie Series. And Street Photography Magazine will publish some of the best images from the workshop in our August issue, so be on the look out for that.

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A Selection of Lauren’s Stickball Project Photos

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Feb 24 2020

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Rank #2: Susanne Baumgartner – Street Photography and Business Travel

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Susanne Baumgartner and Lynn Kaplan – Miami Street Photography Festival 2018

Today our guest is Susanne Baumgartner a prolific street photographer from Switzerland who’s been at it regularly for over 15 years.

I had an opportunity to meet Susanne personally at the Miami Street photography festival back in December 2018. She was there as a finalist in the Singles and after seeing her body of work I was not surprised.

As a pharmaceutical rep, Susanne is required to ravel to various parts of Europe. This enables her to practice street photography during her free time on the road. Many of us in the US would gladly spend thousands of dollars just to get to these places, but Susanne visits them routinely.

Suzanne says that her greatest lesson from practicing street photography as it is that she’s become much more observant of the things that happen around her, whether she’s shooting or not.

During our conversation she shares some very practical advice for street photographers of all levels. Bottom line, she says to make better photos and to be more comfortable shooting in public places you have to do it… a lot. Like anything else, it takes practice

Although Susanne may come across as quiet and sometimes humble, her photography skill speaks for itself. And she produces some of the most humorous images I’ve seen in a long time. I learned a lot from her during our time together. And you can too when you have a listen to my conversation with Susanne Baumgartner.

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A Selection of Susanne’s Street Photos

Feb 16 2020

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Don’t Edit while Shooting with Kevin Fletcher

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When you ask Kevin Fletcher of Portland, Oregon what he does he’ll tell you that he’s an image maker. Like all good elevator speeches there’s so much more to it.

Professionally he is an independent Directory of Photography who does commercial work around the world, most recently for Netflix. And he’s working towards doing more narrative work like short films. As a visual artist he is also a damn fine street photographer who applies the rigorous skills of filmmaking to his still photograph.

Earlier this year he completed a personal project titled 82nd Avenue of the Roses about an urban street in Portland.

That project won the Lensculture 2020 Street Photography Series award against some tough competition. We include some of the images in this article so you can see for yourself.

During our discussion Kevin tells us about his motivation for creating the project and how is cinematography experience influences his street photography. In the process he gives us insight as to how filmmakers think throughcomposing and lighting scenes and how those skills apply to photographing in the moment on the street.

One thought that really stuck out to me from our conversation is that Kevin says not to make editing decisions while shooting. Basically do only one thing at a time. When you are making images, don’t think about which you will keep or discard later, just keep shooting and focus only on making photographs.

I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

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Selections from Kevin’s 82nd Avenue of Roses Project

Aug 07 2020

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Patience and Pre-visualization with Kelly Gorham

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Our guest this week is Montana documentary photographer Kelly Gorham is a former photojournalist, filmmaker and Director of Visual Media at Montana State University. As a filmmaker he is about to finish a PBS documentary film, titled Mavericks, about the story behind the ascendancy of Montana skiers to the heights of competitive freestyle skiing. In fact Kelly is a former competitive freestyle skier himself.

Well into his career, Kelly attended the prestigious Kalish Workshop for Visual Storytelling in Rochester New York. He says it was an amazing experience that changed his life and how he approaches his work.

As a lifelong resident of Montana he learned patience by photographing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park near his home. He would seek out a beautiful background and wait for hours and sometimes days for animals to wander through to make a few good frames. He uses this same approach when photographing on the street in the cities he visits while traveling.

Whenever I conduct an interview, whether for our podcast or the magazine I always try to learn at least one new thing from our guest. I figure if I learn something you will too.

Recently I’ve been trying to do more documentary work and I’v been looking for ways to become a better visual storyteller. I knew I was missing something fundamental, but I didn’t know what. It’s been a frustrating experience trying to figure that out on my own.

Then during our conversation Kelly explained how he approaches a new documentary project I had an “aha moment.” You know the old adage says, “when the pupil is ready, the teacher appears?” That’s what happened to me.

Kelly opened my eyes to something that has been in front of me all along. I didn’t quite realize it at the time. That little piece of advice means a lot to me. I need to thank him for it.

So please take the time to listen to my conversation with Kelly and I hope you will benefit from it as much as I did.

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A selection of Kelly’s street photos

Street scenes in New York City. January, 2020. Photo © Kelly Gorham.

Bremen, Germany ©Kelly Gorham

Minneapolis Airport © Kelly Gorham

Jul 24 2020

48mins

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Discussion – How the Pandemic Has Changed Street Photography

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Although the Coronavirus is not currently in the headlines that doesn’t mean it’s gone away. On the contrary it’s still there and just as dangerous. Now that we’re collectively letting our guard down I fear that it will come roaring back. But I hope I’m wrong.

Like you, I’m sick of hearing about it. The disease has taken it’s toll on family and friends, the economy and to a lesser extent our work as street photographers. It’s been a drag being locked up for the past few months and to be honest I’ve been in a funk. It’s caused me to put aside many of my good habits and I’ve lost interest in getting out to make new images.

That’s why Ashley and I pulled together a panel of longtime street photographers to discuss how the pandemic has affected their personal work, businesses and psyche. The panel is Lauren Wellesvaler from New York, Valérie Jardin in Minneapolis, and Jens Krauer in Zurich, Switzerland. We got together in a live town hall format via Zoom on June 3.

I knew intuitively that we’re all facing the same issues, but the act of talking about it with other photographers made it sink in. For me it was a cathartic experience. Valérie said that this has been a stressful experience for everyone and dealing with stress requires energy. We only have so much energy available so something has to give. Why didn’t I think of that before?

For your convenience we embedded the replay video in this podcast post in case you prefer to watch it.

But because this is a podcast I assume you’re on the go and not able to sit down to watch. Therefore this episode includes the audio portion of the discussion for your listening pleasure. Up next is our discussion about Street Photography during the pandemic.

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Jun 08 2020

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The evolution of a Street Photographer with Deborah Cole

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Although Debby Cole, a former business owner and corporate executive from Austin Texas, spent spent most of her adult life as a landscape photographer she never considered street photography until she attended (almost by accident) a workshop with Valerie Jardin in Paris. Debby says it changed her life.

Since then Debby has traveled the world to connect with people and sharpen her skills. Even during the height of the pandemic, Debby ventures out almost daily to discover new things to photograph in Austin.

Her transformation into a passionate street photographer was so profound that she was compelled to record her experience in a new book, Letting Go, How Less Becomes More.

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A selection of Debby’s street photos

Better Together. ©2020 Deborah Cole

High Tea ©2018 Deborah Cole

Generations ©2018 Deborah Cole

Errands ©2019 Errands

Stripes ©2018 Deborah cole

SoCo At Rest ©2020 Deborah Cole

Morning Stroll ©2020 Deborah Cole

May 26 2020

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Jens Krauer – Street Photography Insights

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Like you I’m learning how to become better at the this elusive art form we call street photography. No matter how much I know or have learned there’s always more. It’s like crossing the ocean. Once you reach the horizon, what do you see? Another horizon.

So each time I interview a street photographer for the magazine, our podcast or just a regular conversation I alway try to come away with at least one lesson or insight that I can apply to my own work. I ask about things that I struggle with hoping that they are issues that may affect you to. After all we’re all on different paths up the same mountain.

Recently I had a conversation with Swiss street and documentary photographer Jens Krauer. I’ve been a fan of his work for quite some time and thanks to an introduction from writer and photographer Gina Williams I had an opportunity to meet him.

Several years ago Jens left a secure career in the corporate world to pursue his passion for street and documentary photography. To finance his personal projects he takes on paid commercial photography video production gigs.

On the street Jens is a keen observer of not only light, but the key elements in an often chaotic scene. Then zeros in to work the scene when possible.

And is extremely mindful of the photos he chooses for public display by being a ruthless curator of his own work. Rather than publishing hundreds of his images on his website and Instagram he shows only a handful of his best work. Jens says he prefers to be known for five great images rather than being famous on Instagram.

I found him to be very insightful, thoughtful and willing to share his experience. I’m sure you will too.

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A selection of street photos by Jens

May 02 2020

47mins

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Street Photo Camera Gear with Matt Jerrams

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Matt Jerrams sheltering in place.

I hope you’re are enjoying yourself sheltering in place. Of course not. It has been an interesting time, hasn’t it.

Because we’ve been stuck inside Matt Jerrams and I got together the other day to record an episode indulging our favorite guilty pleasure which is street photography gear. If you are a regular reader of Street Photography Magazine or listener to this podcast you probably know that we don’t talk much about gear.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t like like it. In fact, I’ve found most of us have a bad case of GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). That’s why Matt and I got together to discuss some of our favorites. I know it may seem a little Fuji-centric at the beginning. That’s because we both shoot with it regularly. But Matt is such a gear head, he’s got plenty for everyone.

Have a listen.

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(Sorry for all the Fuji links. I had them in my bookmarks so I thought I’d share them)

Apr 18 2020

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Organizing a Street Photography Collective with Shlomi Amiga

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I’m back from my trip to New Zealand and getting back into the swing of things. Sorry for being offline for so long. When we left the US things were relatively normal, and in New Zealand it seemed to be business as usual.  Although we watched the stock market melt down on television, out on the streets of New Zealand life was normal.   And on our ship (that’s right we were on a cruise) we were fat,  happy and almost oblivious to the rest of the world.

Then all hell broke loose. Our cruise was suddenly cancelled and for a few days we didn’t know how we were going to get home. When we did finally get back (I’ll spare you the details) we landed in a world different from the one we left. Im still trying to get my head around it.

I’m sure you’ve had enough Coronavirus talk to fill the rest of the year, so let’s put that aside and talk street photography.

Today our guest is Shlomi Amiga. He’s a commercial photographer from Toronto Canada and very active street photographer who has just formed a new collective for Canadian street photographers. Shlomi was also the featured photographer of the month in our September 2019 issue, so be sure to check out him and his work after you finish listening to this.

If you’ve ever thought of forming a collective with like-minded photographers this is a good time to do it. If you’re like everyone else you’re stuck at home for the foreseeable future. Shlomi put his group together pretty quickly by starting an Instagram account. So have a listen to my conversation with Shlomi Amiga where he tells us how he made it happen.

Shlomi has very graciously offered to perform a few portfolio evaluations for free. If you’re interested you can contact him directly by email at shlomi@shlomiamiga.com or DM him on Instagram at @callmeshlomi.

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Apr 01 2020

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All Street Images are Important with Tom Chambers

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Today our guest is Austin Texas based street photographer, Tom Chambers.

Tom has been a very active street photographer since the 1980s when he began photographing in and around El Paso Texas. Since then he’s lived all over the world including India and China. He began his photographic journey while working for NASA on the Apollo project where he documented the lunar soil brought back to earth by the Apollo astronauts.

Tom is also a teacher and he’s putting that experience to work to introduce photographers in his area to street photography. Most recently Tom created an intensive street photography workshop in partnership with the famous Precision Camera in Austin called Street Photography and Documentary Portraiture. The month-long program runs each weekend during the entire month of June.

Tom says that it’s vital that street photographers get to know their camera inside and out so that they can be totally focused on the activity in the streets while shooting. He says when editing your photos it’s critical to evaluate each image in terms of it’s importance to you.

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A Selection of Tom’s Street Photos

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Mar 02 2020

35mins

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Street Photography Storytelling with Lauren Welles

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ON ASSIGNMENT: SEVILLE, SPAIN PILGRIMAGE TO EL ROCIO

Today our guest is New York Street and Documentary photographer Lauren Welles. If you’re a regular listener or magazine subscriber then you’ve likely heard her before. She’s a former attorney, now full-time photographer who is passionate about her craft. On top of that she’s witty, articulate intelligent and just a fun person to talk to.

I just had the best conversation with her about storytelling through photography that I want to share with you here. During our conversation she told me about a Leica sponsored workshop she is holding in Seville Spain in late May – Early June along with photojournalist John Kral. It’s part of the ongoing Leica Akademie Series. And Street Photography Magazine will publish some of the best images from the workshop in our August issue, so be on the look out for that.

Links from the Show

A Selection of Lauren’s Stickball Project Photos

@ Lauren Welles

@ Lauren Welles

@ Lauren Welles

@ Lauren Welles

@ Lauren Welles

Feb 24 2020

38mins

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Susanne Baumgartner – Street Photography and Business Travel

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Susanne Baumgartner and Lynn Kaplan – Miami Street Photography Festival 2018

Today our guest is Susanne Baumgartner a prolific street photographer from Switzerland who’s been at it regularly for over 15 years.

I had an opportunity to meet Susanne personally at the Miami Street photography festival back in December 2018. She was there as a finalist in the Singles and after seeing her body of work I was not surprised.

As a pharmaceutical rep, Susanne is required to ravel to various parts of Europe. This enables her to practice street photography during her free time on the road. Many of us in the US would gladly spend thousands of dollars just to get to these places, but Susanne visits them routinely.

Suzanne says that her greatest lesson from practicing street photography as it is that she’s become much more observant of the things that happen around her, whether she’s shooting or not.

During our conversation she shares some very practical advice for street photographers of all levels. Bottom line, she says to make better photos and to be more comfortable shooting in public places you have to do it… a lot. Like anything else, it takes practice

Although Susanne may come across as quiet and sometimes humble, her photography skill speaks for itself. And she produces some of the most humorous images I’ve seen in a long time. I learned a lot from her during our time together. And you can too when you have a listen to my conversation with Susanne Baumgartner.

Links From the Show

A Selection of Susanne’s Street Photos

Feb 16 2020

28mins

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