In the previous text, I talked in detail about the magic of the moment and the interweaving of patterns that make street photography street photography. About masters, pioneers and own how-to. Time to talk about the modern geniuses of this genre! Not only Dmitry Markov: street photographers you need to follow right now! 11 completely different photographers.
Let’s start right away with our compatriots! Someone hiding under the nickname Mityai lives in Moscow and takes pictures of everything around him every day. From people in the metro and passers-by, to the architecture of the capital, sellers in the store, etc. All this is closely intertwined in his works. One thing is for sure: the key location for the Mityai shots is the subway. A place where the flow of characters and plots will never dry up.
Only BW. Only 16x9. Leica only. Of which he has several. Rodrigo Ramirez travels extensively and captures the details of these cities. Rome, Venice, Paris, Amsterdam — they all appear in detail in his photographs. Their inhabitants, architecture, even landscape sketches. There are no incredible moments or captured moments-masterpieces in Rodrigo’s photographs. They have documentation of what is happening here and now. And the heroes of the pictures, rather, like some random fellow travelers who were drawn into this story. With confidence, one can notice the style of Bresson and other masters of a bygone era, on which Ramirez’s style grew.
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He is probably not the most famous character in the street community, but in fashion photography he is now in the tops. Jonathan, known by the nickname Garcon Jon, mainly shoots people on the streets. What is important: they are all interestingly dressed, projecting their own unique style. This is an important criterion, and this street fashion, which can certainly be attributed to the genre of street photography. After all, according to the general result, all this is about the same thing — the heroes. Heroes on the streets of the city. The heroes that Jonathan reverently collects are like relics stored in a cardboard album. However, the way it is: Garcon Jon has already released a book of the same name with his pictures of characters from different cities.
Location: St. Petersburg
One of the big trump cards of this material. Viktor lives in St. Petersburg, shoots on the street and is a French expat. Street photography is always a lottery, you never know. In Viktor’s case, it is also a lottery with an amulet for good luck: his eyes are not blurred, he was not born and did not grow up in this city. His perceptions are twisted to the fullest. The photographs of the author show both typical tourist places and completely simple streets. A characteristic technique of the photographer is the lonely silhouettes of people in these scenery. It is always the contrast of one, almost Chekhovian little man and a big city that seems to live its own life. Lonely people with their own destiny and the cinematically dull landscapes of St. Petersburg — perhaps this is how you can briefly describe the style of his photographs.
Ambassador of canonical street photography from distant Australia. According to Markus himself, for him it doesn’t matter what to shoot with: film, digital, smartphone or plastic lomo camera — it’s always about the picture itself and the characters. Marcus documents the simple life of Sydney. Its inhabitants, details of the city. For him, in essence, the person himself is not so obligatory. This confirms the important thesis that a street shot can be without people at all: everything becomes a hero, from the architectural details of the city to forgotten carts from a supermarket and simple birds. However, they can be considered full-fledged citizens.
Location: New York
The hero very aptly chose a nickname for herself, which reflects her shooting style, these are really Visual memories, visual memories. And each of the first of them could become, if not a cover, then at least a frame from a noir detective story. A kind of Gotham City. Yomaira shoots mostly at night. The light that she uses is all that the city itself can give, like a film set. Neon signs, dimly lit lanterns and foggy New York skyscrapers. In all this gloomy magnificence, people turn out to be almost blurry silhouettes. Without names, identification marks, vivid images … even almost without faces. This city really needs a new hero. Here he is.
People, people, people and more people! Almost always a large portrait and with sincere emotions. Random strangers. These are the real Englishmen who inhabit London, and not all those who flaunt on the covers of the local press. At cafe tables, in pairs or alone, hurrying to work or idly walking the streets. Shane’s shots balance on the verge of portraits and street photography. A picture for him, he is always about a person. Each of which is unique. Heroes on sale. The item is worth it. Buy here.
Another Englishman. At the same time, if Shane’s pictures are more about people, then Josh’s cards are an exemplary street that can even be placed in a textbook or Wikipedia article about street photography. From his photographs, perhaps, one can even teach photography students who need to be shown what Bresson’s decisive moment is. Only desirable on modern examples. Josh is one of those. In his photographs, everything is in its place. City sketches, in each of which all the details of the picture are put together in a single puzzle.
Location: formally — England, de facto — the whole world
Joker in the deck of non-obvious street photographers! Due to anxiety disorders and agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), the girl photographer spends a long time in her apartment without going anywhere. At the same time, she walks for days on end in different cities, countries and continents. The girl looked like a horse: she takes all the pictures directly from the Google street View service using screenshots. According to Jackie herself, she was interested in a strange parallel reality in street view and she decided to capture this magic. For the most part, these are rather minimalistic photos with accent details, usually from small towns. In such ‘journeys’, the girl has already traveled around Russia, Chile, Peru, Mongolia and other countries, retaining visual artifacts from these trips.
Location: New York / Italy
In Eldar’s photographs, the reverse side of New York and the cities of Italy. They do not have Times Square and the Colosseum, there are no architectural masterpieces of Florence and Central Park. There are people. The most ordinary people. Townspeople. From hot dog vendors and waiters to suit-clad employees and retirees. Living their own lives. Eldar’s photos, like Shane Taylor’s, are absolutely about people. The popular hashtag #peoplephotography is perfect for this author. Eldar is not looking for certain patterns, color combinations and decisive moments on the streets. He is looking for people. Characters. And finds them.
Gabriel Ben Avraham
In the previous text, in particular, I talked about the style of two masters of street photography — Georgy Pinkhasov and Ilya Shtuts. Both masters work with chiaroscuro and color in the frame. Review their work again. And now imagine the symbiosis of these authors, only twisted to the maximum and seasoned with a generous spoonful of details. Here. This will be a collective description of the photographs of Gavriel. His pictures are about everyday life, in which the author very accurately catches bright moments and builds shots around them. At the same time, there is also frequent flirting with the shadow pattern.
If Jackie Kenny’s street view photography can be compared to the meditative films of Wim Wanders, then Ben-Avraham’s contrasting mixes are clearly Naishuller’s action films!