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.

Pho­to: Vic­tor Bal­a­guer


Loca­tion: Moscow

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.

Rodrigo Ramirez

Loca­tion: Europe

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.

Jonathan Daniel

Price Loca­tion: Europe

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.

Victor Balaguer

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.

Markus Anderson

Loca­tion: Aus­tralia

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.

Yomaira Teixeira

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.

Shane Taylor

Loca­tion: Lon­don

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.

Josh Edgus

Loca­tion: Lon­don

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.

Jackie Kenny

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.

Eldar Khamitov

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

Loca­tion: Israel

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!