Street Photography is a branch of realistic fine-art photography that records unposed scenes in public places.
The primary subject is people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about the every-day activities of life.
Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment.
This is a list of some of the best living Street Photographers from all around the world.
David Alan Harvey
David Alan Harvey (June 6, 1944) is an American photographer. Harvey is based in North Carolina and New York City and has been a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1997.
He has photographed extensively for National Geographic magazine and in 1978 was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association. Harvey is publisher and editor of Burn Magazine, an online publication featuring the work of emerging photographers.
Image credits: www.davidalanharvey.com
Bruce Gilden (born 1946 in Brooklyn, New York) is a street photographer. He is best known for his candid close-up photographs of people on the streets of New York City, using a flashgun.
He has had numerous books of his work published, has received the European Publishers Award for Photography and is a Guggenheim Fellow.
Image credits: www.brucegilden.com
He has had a number of books published, his main works being Hot Light/Half-Made Worlds (1986), Under a Grudging Sun (1989) From The Sunshine State (1996), Amazon (1997) Crossings (2003), Istanbul (2007) and The Suffering of Light (2011).
With Rebecca Norris Webb he has also published Violet Isle (2009) and Memory City (2014).
He has contributed to Geo, Time and The New York Times Magazine.
Image credits: www.webbnorriswebb.co
Elliott Erwitt (born 26 July 1928) is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”.
Image credits: www.elliotterwitt.com
Martin Parr (born 23 May 1952) is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and photobook collector.
He is known for his photographic projects that take an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, in particular documenting the social classes of England, and more broadly the wealth of the Western world. His major projects have been rural communities (1975–82), The Last Resort (1983–85), The Cost of Living (1987–89), Small World (1987–94) and Common Sense (1995–99).
Since 1994, Parr has been a member of Magnum Photos. He has had around 40 solo photobooks published, and has featured in around 80 exhibitions worldwide – including the international touring exhibition ParrWorld, and a retrospective at the Barbican Arts Centre, London, in 2002
Image credits: www.martinparr.com
Matt Stuart (1974) is a British street photographer, a member of the In-Public street photography collective and a nominee member of Magnum Photos. As well as making his personal work, street photography, he works as an advertising photographer, and leads street photography workshops.
Stuart’s book of street photography, All That Life Can Afford (2016), includes photographs made in London from 2002 to 2015. His work has also been published in a number of survey publications on street photography, and exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the US; as well as included in group exhibitions in Britain (including at the Museum of London, which acquired his work for its permanent collection, and which travelled to the Museum of the City of New York), France, Bangkok and Stockholm.
In 2005 Photo District News considered Stuart one of their 30 “New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”.
Image credits: www.mattstuart.com
Tatsuo Suzuki is a Japanese street photographer, living and working in Ota, Tokyo.
Born in 1965, Suzuki came to photography later than most. Having had a successful career in business, he started photographing the streets of Tokyo in 2008.
Although largely self-taught, in 2014 Suzuki studied for a year at Resist Photo School, Tokyo. His work was first exhibited in Kanagawa, Japan.
Image credits: www.facebook.com
Leica Ambassador since 2013, Eolo Perfido has been shooting street photography for more than 15 years.
Born in France, he is based in Rome where he walks the city streets every day.
Eolo Perfido photography has been featured in magazines such as NY Times, Communication Arts, Panorama First, Vision, Vogue Russia, GQ Russia, Comunication Arts, L’Espresso, and Computer Arts.
Eolo is also an Educator and in the last 10 years he developed a series of very successful international photography workshops dedicated to Portrait Photography, Travel Portraits, Street Photography and Post Production.
Image credits: www.walkingphotographer.net
Eric Kim is an international street photographer currently based in Los Angeles. Through his blog and workshops, he teach others the beauty of street photography, how to find their own style and vision, as well as how to overcome their fear of shooting strangers. In the past he has done collaborations with Leica, Magnum, as well as Invisible Photographer Asia and is currently an instructor at UC Riverside Extension, teaching a university-level street photography course. Last year he was also one of the judges for the London Street Photography Festival.
His life’s mission is to produce as much “Open Source Photography,” to make photography education accessible to all.
Image credits: erickimphotography.com
Thomas Leuthard is a passionate street photographer based in the heart of Switzerland.
He travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document life on the street. He currently works with an unobtrusive mirrorless camera to capture the essence of the ordinary life happening in public.
For him the camera is a black box capturing the moment seen by his eyes.
There are more important questions in photography than asking about what gear we are using. He has written several eBooks over the last few years.
Image credits: thomas.leuthard.photography
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