In this section I would like to give other street photographers around the world the opportunity to present themselves.

It is particularly important for me that the reader learns why we do what we do.

So if you feel addressed, write a few lines about yourself and send them with 2-3 pictures to me.

Note: Each photographer is responsible for the correctness of his submissions (text, images, links).


Allan Mestel - USA

My name is Allan Mestel. I am a commercial and portrait photographer living and working in southwest Florida. Outside of my business, my passion is street photography. I rarely leave the house without my camera.

For the past few months, my focus has been a non-profit organization I founded with a friend (and social justice advocate) Greg Cruz.
The goal is to raise awareness and provide resources to help combat the chronic homelessness problem in south Florida.
We have been providing outreach services and building relationships with those on the streets and publishing my portraits of our homeless subjects on our website.

When shooting the homeless, I have certain protocols and techniques that I consider vital to achieving the results I seek.
I never shoot with a long lens. In my opionion this reinforces their isolation and further dehumanizes them. I shoot with nothing longer than a 50mm and usually a 35mm or 28mm lens (full frame). I want my images to feel intimate and give the viewer a sense of physical proximity to the subject. I never overtly direct my subjects.

I engage with them, sometimes verbally, sometimes nonverbally, but their expressions are always authentic, a product of their honest engagement with me.
Also, I never shoot down on them. If they stand, I stand, if they sit, I sit, and if they are laying on the ground, I am on my belly with them.
I always shoot eye-to-eye. I generally shoot with my Nikon D750. I know many street photographers prefer smaller, more inconspicuous cameras, but I suppose it’s just personal preference.
I’m used to the camera and can easily adjust settings on the fly.
I use minimal post processing, and finish either in color or black and white depending on what speaks to me about any given image.

The satisfaction for me comes from the process of affirming the humanity of my subjects. I am consistently amazed by the gentleness and sweetness of the majority of those I photograph.
Many of their stories are genuinely heartbreaking, and most are burdened with crippling mental illness or addiction issues.
There are no easy answers to the problems of homelessness and poverty, but nothing is less helpful than further dehumanizing those for whom acquiring the simplest necessities of existence is a daily struggle. My commercial work can be seen at www.mestelphoto.com, my political and social justice photography is posted at  www.streetworkstudios.com

Samuel Lintaro Hopf - Germany

Hello, my name is Samuel.

I am currently working as a DoP and Filmmaker in Hamburg, Germany.
I found my passion and love for photography during my studies in graphic design. One of my teachers was a photojournalist and he introduced me to documentary photography. After my studies I became a RICOH Ambassador and started my first steps in street photography with the Ricoh GR.
I see street photography as a subgenre of photojournalism. It is raw and unedited (in most cases).

"Real moments"
Street Photography is fairly new to me and I wouldn’t say I am an expert in this field. I have a great admiration for all the hard working street photographers in the world that take amazing pictures around the world and get inspired by them every day. I am more of a casual street shooter… But I wish that my photographs will someday become a body of work that contribute to a collective document of our times. And I think by publishing our work we already do.

Why street photography
Street Photography is a great exercise in creativity and spontaneity.
It challenges my ability to see the world, human interaction, correlations, light and geometry in new ways. I’d like to think of street photography as a means to remember. To remember where we are and what we (want to) see in life.
What do you think makes a good street photo?
I think a good street photograph should always show something personal and something objective in the same time. A street scene in itself can be interesting but I find it more interesting to see how the photographer chose to show the scene.
We are not composers, we are interpreters. We define the arrangement of things as we see them. And that is really interesting to me to see.

Which equipment do you use?
My main camera at the moment is the Fujifilm X100F. I also use the Ricoh GR and a 5D Mark II with a 35mm prime lens.
What has street photography taught you?
I am constantly learning new things every day so I can only talk about what I learned so far. Street Photography taught me to be more disciplined and take it easy in the same time. It’s easy to feel frustrated when you did not get any good shots for a while. We are here for the long run.

It takes time and patience. Keep shooting and eventually it will pay off in the end.

Emfredo - Germany

Name and country: emfredo

 

Why street photography:
It may sound simple but to me street photography means primarily relaxation.
Besides, it is the desire for creativity as well as gathering impressions while walking through the streets.

What do you think makes a good street photo?:
Certainly, it is the ability to make yourself invisible as well as to recognise intuitively that a situation is a good street photo. I think the equipment is not the decisive factor.

Which equipment do you use?:
Nikon D750 and Fuji XT20, various lenses
What has street photography taught you?:
Regard and respect for all different kinds of people and show empathy, which also means now and then do without taking a picture. Looking back on 5 years of street photography I have learned constantly new things, it is enriching and gives the chance to obtain new point of views and different perspectives.

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Ed Peters - USA

My name is Ed Peters, and I live in the New York/ metropolitan area. After working as a photojournalist, my work shifted towards my personal interests, and In the last several years I’ve completed projects in New York, Mexico, India, and Las Vegas.

I’m not sure why I’ve gravitated towards street photography, but I think that usually a photographer’s motivation is of secondary importance.

After all, great photographers like Lewis Hine, Eugene Atget, and Henri Cartier - Bresson have all been motivated to photograph for   different reasons.
Their photographs also look quite  distinct from each other, so I don’t subscribe to any fixed criteria for what constitutes a “good” picture.

Over the years, I’ve used a variety of cameras, but  right  now I’m mostly using Leicas with either a 28 or 35mm lens.  I also use a Ricoh GR. It’s a good little camera,

and it’s so small that I can carry it in my pocket.

Walker Evans said that he went into the street for the education of his eye.

I’ve always like that notion. and I think  it’s good enough for me too.

Batsceba Hardy - Italy

I don't think I'm essentially a street photographer. I guess Photography is just the way for me to express how I see things. It has something to do with a philosophical approach to reality.

I have always had this way of observing reality, dwelling on details, on scenes that tell me something. Early on in my life, I felt inspired by what was around me. Eventually, I got into street photography.
It was a slow process. And this happened in a city that was not my hometown, where my view got released from all the parameters and preconceptions that you naturally develop in known places.

What I perceived in that new urban landscape and became the ghost I kept freezing everywhere and in everyone’s face with my shots was an intense feeling of loneliness. As a photographer, I am already used to entering the world of loneliness because I must be able to become invisible. So I found myself breathing in my own loneliness and the solitude of those around me.

This society is turning us into monads... and Street photographers are those who daily tell us about the loneliness of mankind through their shots.

And that’s why words are superfluous in this realm. Only by looking at photographs we can understand this.

What makes a good street photo? It's hard, I think a good street photograph should be able to show you something you couldn't see... and I also talk about feelings.
The modern man never looks at the sky... seems to be walking with blinkers...

My equipment: I use what happens to me, mostly a Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 35/105. For me, photography is not a question of technique but of magic...

Thibaut Goarant - Japan

My name is Thibaut Goarant, and my country is Japan although I come from France.

I came really came to street photography by accident. At that time I bought a camera, and I was seeing it was good for street photography.
I was then curious to see what it was so I informed myself and I really enjoyed it so I started to take pictures; not necesseraly street photo but it came quiet quickly.

The question that is really difficult to answer, what makes a good street photo. One should defines what is Street photo, the ones that have a candid little twist included in the picture are likely to be a good street photography but of course, composition, heart and soul should be the basic for a street photo to I should a good photo.

I use as equipment, a Ricoh GRII, but also as medium format a Pentax 67 and for 35mm format a Pentax K1000 for film photography. Street photography has teached me to never give-up, to be more resilient, as the shot that makes the difference can be the last one you take in your session of photographying.
But the texts that really defines me about street photography photography and photography in general is on my blog on my website and it is called

« Why I take pictures » , please have a look if you have some times.

Kevin Icabales - Philippines

My Name is Kevin Icabales from the Philippines.

Street photography really reflects my own life. As a street photographer, every story that I see has another stories behind.

I believe that a good street photo should have a sense of mystery where it can touch your feelings. I use my Fujifilm XT20 and my smartphone Huawei Nova 2i.

One thing that Street Photography taught me is having an integrity. In this genre, you really need to show the truth, it cannot be staged. Another beauty of Street Photography is you will learn how to really appreciate the small things that leads you to see the bigger picture clearly.

Hans Stellingwerf - Netherlands

Hi, I am Hans Stellingwerf alias Straatmoment, which means "moment in the street".
Actually I'm photographing everything ( find and follow me on facebook),

but streetphotography is the biggest pleasure for me to do nowadays !

My "working-area" is at Dam Square and surroundings in Amsterdam where I'm hunting for the nice people to get a streetphoto or portrait.
For me, a good streetphoto is one where the person is the main-object so I mostly try to get him or her closer. Sometimes a tiny person in a totality can be nice or a detailed photo works well too.

I always use a songtitle for a photo, music is my other passion:-))
When I see a photo, it has to catch me regardless of how it's made. Equipment, techniques and rules are not important for me, it's the photographer behind
the camera !

Franco Pampiro - Italy

Hy my friends, my name is Franco Pampiro and I'm from Sardinia. I live in Tempio Pausania, a small town in the North of the Isle.
I began photographing in 1976 with a Halina Paulette II, an economic plastic camera.
In 1981 I bought my first SLR, a Minolta SRT-100X with Rokkor 50 mm f/1.4 lens that I still use with satisfaction.
Later I moved to Nikon and in 2001 I went to digital. I recently enjoyed the compactness and lightness of MFT cameras and I'm using an Olympus EM-10 II. During more than 40 years I practiced various genres of photography using different cameras. Currently I use both digital and analog cameras. However I never thought that to make good pictures was necessary to have a professional camera and expensive lens, but rather a good powers of observation.

This is true especially with Street photography, where is more important "to catch the moment" in lieu of technically perfect shots. I shot mainly black and white because I think that monochromatic is able to better represent the moods. I always loved to capture people, to fix an instant, a place, a mood, a feeling or an emotion to share with others. In my Street photography I never pose people,
I prefer to capture the spontaneity of expressions and gestures that characterize a slice of real life. I love traveling and getting to know new cultures;
Street photography is the perfect tool to take pictures that tell a story and allows me to bring home a small part of the world.

Travels teach me to appreciate the diversity of peoples, Street Photography helps me to understand these wonderful words of Helen Keller, a deaf-blind american writer: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart."

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Birgit Zober - Germany

I am Birgit Zober from Germany.
I'm a streetphotographer by passion. Photography is in my life since I'm a teenager and was always the most important part of my life concerning  creativity.
People  and street photography  was  the latest part of  my  evolution, it  gives me  the highest level of satisfaction taking this sujet and evolved to a passion.

Probably  I’m  not  a typical „street-tog“ because my photography take place  more  often in small villages or rural countrysides  than in metropoles.
I want to work with emotions  rather  than with geometry, more  with the silent unspectacular  situations  than with those  „OH“  and  „AH“ shots  gaining  thousands of likes. All  these FB  and Instagram groups  are  not  meaningful for me. What counts is the processes of TAKING and CREATING these pictures.  Just to be  somewhere in-between and part of the today history!

Technical aspects  of  cameras  are  not  that important  for  me because  they are  just working tools. At  the moment  I have a FujiFilm XT 1 with mainly a 35 mm f 1.4 lense and a Ricoh GR  with  me. Sometimes  also an  analogue Voigtländer  Bessa R is in use.  For picture  editing I use  Lightroom from Adobe  and Nik-SW.

With my photography I want to transfer the daily life moments into picture-poetry in an aesthethical and creative mood. My pictures are NOT like a crime thriller pushing the adrenaline through your body. They are unspectacular and gentle, more like a limerick, which often perform a magic little smile upon your face if the spectator will pause for a small moment to let the meaning sink into his mind and listen to the pacifying attitude.

More  and  more my  pictures  went into series with a common  underlying theme  like  „airport-series, „get a move on“ or „ocean love“.
Spezial thanks refer to Carsten Osterwald for showing my work at his street guys project!

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Jochem Schmidt - USA

My name is Jochem Schmidt

and I am from the USA.
I live on Long Island, New York.
I walk the streets of New York. Central Park, Midtown, Lower East Side, Harlem, Brooklyn,  Coney Island, anywhere one finds all kinds of people going about their daily life.

I just like to look at people. There is nothing more fascinating than human beings and how they behave with all their various manifestations, like posture,

facial expression, gesture, movement and voice.

They all express something that betrays their inner little world if you know how to see.  Many people these days are forgetting how to see life being expressed by their fellow men. They are constantly fiddling with their electronic devices and miss the beauty of life right in front of them.

When arriving as a young student from Europe in NYC for the first time almost fifty years ago the city of New York in the early 70s will be virtually unrecognizable to the people who live here now and who never experienced that time.

I feel nostalgic for those days before gentrification changed everything.

The New York I knew then was exciting, though dirty, hard-hitting and unsentimental unlike any other city. I prefer film photography and am glad to see it making a comeback. My choice of film is Tri-X400 using a Leica M-2 with a Summilux

35/f1.4 pre-asph lens.

I develop the film myself and make silver gelatin prints on fiber base paper of my best photos. In this digital age craftsmanship and skill are superfluous.

The only thing that counts is individuality and genuineness.
Basically it takes a long time and commitment to become a good photographer;

it doesn’t happen overnight.
The equipment used for the photographs is a Leica M2 rangefinder camera with a Leica Summilux 35/f1.4 pre asph lens.

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Sebastian Jacobitz - Germany

I am Sebastian Jacobitz, Street Photographer from Berlin and member of the collective Berlin1020.
In the past, I traveled through Southeast Asia and also lived in a small village in the Indonesian Jungle for a few weeks where I was able to capture the local life.

Why Street Photography
Whether it is photography or other forms of media, I am mostly interested in real stories and not some fiction.  Therefore Street Photography is where I can enjoy Photography the most.  I am able to wander the same streets as anybody else, but through my camera, I am able to capture stories that are hidden from most.
Through Street Photography I can tell a different story of my city and show the world from my perspective.

What Makes a good Street Photograph
A good Street Photograph should capture my interest for more than a few seconds. That is only possible if there is a story that is intriguing and has a certain depth.

Of course, there are also Street Photographs that simply look good and are well composed. But an outstanding picture should have it all.
Composition, story and emotion, these are the ingredients for a good Street Photograph in my opinion.

Which Equipment do I Use
For my Street Photography, I rely on two cameras. The Ricoh GR and the FujiX100F are all that I need. They are compact, have a fixed lens and work like a charm for me. I used them in heavy rain, smoke or other harsh conditions and haven't run into a problem yet. Additionally, I sometimes use a flash, either on or off-camera.

What has Street Photography taught me
Throughout the years, Street Photography has taught me a lot of life lessons.
I think one of the most important ones is that You have to leave Your comfort zone to reach Your goals. Street Photography requires You to do things, that might be not "normal" for most of society.
For a good Street Photograph, You have to leave the mindset of always doing what others expect from You. If You want to get that picture, You have to get in there and get it Yourself. Street Photography has also taught me a lot about patience and work ethics. We all know how brutal Street Photography can be.
One day You feel great and get a few decent pictures right away. Then there are also days where You put in a lot of effort for the whole day, without any good results. This is just the nature of Street Photography and shouldn't frustrate anyone too much. In the long run, if You put in an effort, the results will follow.

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Eric Davidove - USA

Why street photography?

Because shooting photos on the street takes me to new places or to see familiar places in a new light, introduces me to fascinating people and their life stories,

and provides a challenging opportunity to quickly adjust my camera
to decisive moments and various light settings.

What do you think makes a good street photo? 
A good street photo will grab and keep your attention, is memorable,

causes you to become curious and to ask yourself questions about the storyline,
and elicits an emotional response.

Which equipment do you use? 
Sony a6500 with a 35mm equivalent prime lens and 24mm-105mm

equivalent telephoto lens.

What has street photography taught you? 
Street photography has taught me about the importance of context in order to more effectively illustrate the storyline or message, to anticipate and find the decisive or interesting moments that are normally invisible to most people, and how to quickly and effectively use my camera for a variety of situations.

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Alex Coghe - Mexico

WHY STREET PHOTOGRAPHY?

To get to know myself through the exploration of the world around me.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A GOOD STREET PHOTO?

When you can make converge in a frame content and form. Important thing to clarify in these bloody years: street photography is unstated and unposed.

WHICH EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?

Digital: Fujifilm X100S, Fujifilm X-E2 with 18mm (equivalent 28mm) and Leica X2. But I am a Fujifilm ambassador so sometimes I use other cameras. Film: Olympus Stylus Epic, Nikon AF 35.

WHAT HAS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TAUGHT YOU?

Everyday Street Photography teaches me something. I consider it a gymnasium to be a better photographer, because if many people think is just a genre, I think is an approach and a mindset that we can apply to other genres of photography as I do also when busy as commercial photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tejal Mewar - India

My name is Tejal Mewar. I am primarily a government officer involved in exports promotion of textiles, living in Gujarat, India.
I started photography as a hobby in 2014.

I have Canon 1100D with 18-55 & 55-250 mm kit lenses. I am a self-taught photographer.
Observing good photographs on various photography related forums and publications has helped me a lot develop my own style.
Every day I am learning something new. And this process is endless.

I like capturing candid moments on streets of the people and their life, and have also got interest in nature and fine art photography.
For me, anything I find unique or amazing for my vision can make me stop and click. In street there is no stage setting, no rehearsals.
One has to keep the eyes open, mind alert, raise camera, aim and click at the right moment.

Some of my work has been recognized at national and international levels.
My photographs have been showcased a number of times, and have been published worldwide. Photography has brought quite a lot of changes in my life. My attitude towards life has changed. It has brought lot of positivity in my life.
My self-confidence has increased a lot. I have become more patient. And more over I have also realized that, all the people in this world are good, only they have different points of view.

I really love photography. It is keeping me happy from inside and taking me away from every worry of my life.
It takes me somewhere that I have never been to.

It helps me preserve these beautiful moments of life.
All I want to say is: Camera is a wondrous tool that you may freeze beautiful moments of life with. And I am so glad I learned this.

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Adriano Cascio - Italy

Hello everyone, my name is Adriano Cascio.

I was born in Catania in 1967 and I live in Rapallo, a small town near Genoa. Start over twenty years ago as a self-taught and over time I attended courses and workshops. In these years dedicated to photography, I have made some experiences among the various photographic genres, with particular interest in street photography. In 2015, he joined ISP - Italian Street Photography, an authorial project of Italian photographers who practice and deal with street photography. Thanks to various personal activities, I am included by Street Hunters, the leading organization for Street Photography, in the short list of the 20 most influential street photographers of the year 2016.

 

The historian and critic of photography Pippo Pappalardo writes about me:

"His way of photographing, apparently instinctive and immediate, in fact, is the instrument of searching for a space and a time for what he likes to define the photographic soul. Through photography, it leads on itself, a real psychological investigation ". Many will wonder why I do Street Photography and not landscape photography ... well, all very simple. In fact I like to observe people, what transpires from their looks and their simple gestures, I like to transform, through photography, the ordinary in extraordinary.

"I'm obsessed and I enjoy watching people, everywhere .... Everything manifests itself as a show, watching people in everyday life is like going to see a circus performance "

 

I am convinced that you do not have to live in a big city to make a good Street Photography, but you have to develop the ability to see and show to others, so the ordinary becomes extraordinary even at home. Now you're wondering what camera to use when I go out to take photos of Street ?? My street photography sessions are accompanied by my inseparable Fuji X70 camera, compact and lightweight but with "great" performances!

The Fuji X70 is a compact digital camera with 18.5mm f / 2.8 Fuji lens (equivalent to 28mm on the street !!), X-Trans APS-C CMOS II sensor, EXR II processor image processor and display tactile that can rotate 180 degrees to take photos from above or below; Wifi and touch-screen ... .what do you want more ???

Also when I go out for my street sessions are always very light (even very light) because I walk a lot and then I have a bag (not photographic), camera, sd cards, batteries (many) ... in short, the necessary in addition to very comfortable shoes of course. I often take with me a GoPro Hero 4 (which I've never used for street but never sis !!).

 

I'd like to tell you a lot more but I do not think that's the case ... so I'll just tell you what I've learned so far from Street Photography: 

"I love human beings and in the street I do not just photograph him, I often listen to him and I only watch him, I think I learned so much from people on the street ... my eye is trained but I could take street photos even with my eyes closed !! " 

See you in the street beautiful people !!!

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