I was first hooked on street photography by Pinterest. Vivian Maier, Robert Doisneau, Brandon Stanton and countless more. It was the perfect medium, letting me follow a rabbit trail and the rabbit trail off of that in its suggested images. I explored many styles and now that I’ve begun practicing photography myself, I find that I’m most drawn to faces. Especially perplexed foreheads or laughing mouths or the occasional subject who stares the camera lens straight on. Those are fun.
What makes street photography so special? It is an art form. It’s getting the right angle, the right light, the right second. It’s also very difficult. People are rushing around, the light is continually changing, and you have to be very good with your camera to capture what you want to. So to find a photo where everything comes together- a great subject and great style- is a beautiful, small miracle.
I fell in love with the photographs before I ever started photographing. These are a few of my favorite collections of street photography:
Street Life My own Pinterest board, with over 500 images to get you started.
A board of Robert Doisneau’s work technically not all “street photography”, but fascinating photographs of life, nonetheless
Finding Vivian Maier A documentary (on Netflix) about the woman who was documenting humans of new york long before Tumblr. Personally, her style is one of my favorites! She also took thousands of photographs and as a person, was rather an enigma.
Even if street photography isn’t your thing at all, I hope I’ve at least broadened your horizons slightly. There’s a mesmerizing quality in an unposed photo and if I never garner fame, I hope to get better at seeing and catching this quality on the streets I walk.