Follow our ongoing series on the Art and History of Street Photography here on this blog. We will be documenting the history of Street from its inception, through the foundational years, and through all of the rule-making and rule-breaking that mark its history. We’ll also be examining the artistic roots behind the photographic art form, and demonstrating that both learned artistic principles and capabilities intrinsic to the human brain are present in the best works. Follow along as we discuss these artistic devices and how they’re applied in Street Photography.
Finally, we’ll tackle the big questions: What is Street Photography? What are its rules? Are any rules, in fact, valid? Does composition matter? (Spoiler alert: It’s art; YES it matters.) Aren’t portraits on the street really just portrait photography? Where do you draw the line between documentary photography and street photography? What are the Schools of Street Photography?
Is Henri Cartier-Bresson the father of street photography and Leica its main tool? If you don’t work for Magnum and answered yes to either, you need to follow this series. Street started almost 100 years before HCB bought his first overpriced Leica.
Maria and I will be laying out a more detailed outline as we progress, as well as links to the posts as published. We do hope you’ll check in again and again as the series develops. Don’t be afraid to chime in and make suggestions as well. Thanks for dropping in, and we hope you’ll return. We intend on making this both fun and informative.
— Bill & María-José
Track A – The History of Street Photography
Chapter 2 – The Founding Fathers (and Mothers)
Chapter 3 – The Modern Era Begins
Track A, Part 13 – Elliott Erwin
Chapter 4 – Pioneers of Color
William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Helen Levitt, Stephen Shore, Harry Gruyaert, Alex Webb, Martin Parr
Chapter 5 – The Urban Explosion
Eve Arnold, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Vivian Maier, Charles Moore, Costa Manos, William Klein, David Alan Harvey, Josef Koudelka, Daidō Moriyama, Tod Papageorge
Special Report: Top Women Street & Documentary Photographers