Posts tagged: street photography

Disabled Street Photographer Flo Fox Still Has a Vision

For over 20 years, Flo Fox spent her life photographing the world of New York City. A contemporary of artists such as Andy Warhol, André Kertész, and Lisette Model, Fox now finds herself disabled and her vision seriously impaired. Despite all the trials of disease and age, filmmaker Riley Hooper captures a ceaselessly vibrant woman still thrilled by the sound of a shutter click.

Available Light: Harold Feinstein’s Coney Island at Night


Over the years, the face of Coney Island has reflected waves of immigration and shifting neighborhoods. Here Orthodox Jews, African Americans, Italians, Russians, Puerto Ricans and folks from all over the world were drawn together by the lure of the surf, sand, boardwalks, side-shows, Nathan’s hot dogs, and the permission to leave go of all inhibitions.—Harold Feinstein

Photographer Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island, Brooklyn in 1931. His legendary street photos, shots from the Korean War, portraits, nudes, and images from nature are all the result of a distinct talent and magical eye. But it’s the portraits of his birthplace—which he photographed for six decades—that really sing.
In these photos of Coney Island shot at night, Feinstein used his Rolleiflex and the play of dark and light to capture both the thrills and wonder of Coney Island with an intimacy all too often missing in street photography. Clearly, if a place can act as a muse, Feinstein found his next to the seaside in a corner of Brooklyn.


Busted! Street Photographer (Purposely) Caught in the Act of Snapping Portraits on NYC Streets


I often relish the moment when someone locks a gaze with me. There is an awkwardness, confusion and unpredictability during this acknowledgment of the other—me, a stranger, suddenly doing what most people are taught not to do; staring. —Serge J-F. Levy

We recently talked to NY-born, Sonoran Desert dwelling photographer Serge J-F. Levy about his series Excuse me sir, did you just take my picture?

Portraits of Afghan Street Photographers Using Unique Wooden Box Cameras

David Lang

While working in Afghanistan, Brooklyn-based photographer David Lang stumbled upon street photographers working with incredibly unique, hand-made cameras, similar in look to a large-format camera. The wooden box camera, called “Kamra-e-faoree”, translating to “Instant Camera,” is both a camera and darkroom in one—Lang explains how they work: “They use shutter-less lenses and shoot paper negatives that are developed inside the camera using small containers of chemistry. The negatives are then re-photographed using the same process and the customer is given both the positive and negative images. This time consuming and unique process yields amazingly stark images that are without comparison to modern image making.”

Pelle Cass Creates a Patterned, Surreal World by Condensing Hundreds of Photos Into One


It’s all how you look at it. Boston-based photographer Pelle Cass would likely agree. Selected People is an ongoing series he started in 2008 that he says, “both orders the world and exaggerates its chaos.” He starts by choosing a public location, sets up his tripod, and shoots hundreds of pictures in the same spot. From there he begins his “selection” process in photoshop—choosing what to leave in and what to take out—”nothing has been changed, only selected,” he says. Through the selection process, Cass creates patterns of time, space and people; visual rhythms condensing countless moments into one. Cass is a street photographer in a digital age, unveiling “a surprising world that is only visible with a camera.”

Cinematic Tokyo Street Portraits by Casper Balslev


In Danish photographer Casper Balslev’s energetic series, the street photographs were taken on a visit to Sjinjuku, Tokyo’s financial district. Inspired by the faces and the characters in the area, Balslev snapped shots of people walking, biking and passing by. Asked if he was looking for specific subjects to shoot: “No, it was very spontaneously done. Most people never really noticed me taking their photo. I would walk around and spot people, then simply approach them, shoot one shot quickly, and then leave. I was inspired by street photographers like Mark Cohen and Bruce Gilden.”

Photographer Stefan Abrams Offers a Humorous Take on Philadelphia’s Mean Streets


Philadelphia-based photographer Stefan Abrams‘ style feels fresh, unassuming and authentic. He captures a broad spectrum of subjects and we are let in on his daily observations and discoveries. A selection of his street photography is shown here, including pieces from a series he calls The Origin of the World, of which he says:

The Origin of the World is the first line drawn in the dirt. It is the scratch that begins the history of art. It is the marking, the re-marking, and with photography, the re-re-marking. It begins with the mark that expresses the self. It becomes the mark that expresses desire, fear, ecstasy, arrogance, even family. And it turns into the mark that is photography; the mark that captures other marks.—Stefan Abrams

And just as there is an origin, there is quite possibly an end; a concept that Abrams explores throughout the work.

Photos of Covered Cars In China Symbolize Censorship


After nine months of traveling around China, Spanish born, Shanghai-based photographer Álvaro Escobar Ruano came up with Censured, a visual metaphor for China’s strict and prohibitive nature. The covered cars sit quietly—they very much exist in reality, but seem to be stifled. For Ruano, the series explores a country whose government controls every step its people take and where information is often censored; the truths that remain to be told are concealed within the shrouded cars.

‘Finding Vivian Maier’: a Documentary Profiling the Reclusive Street Photographer

Call for Submissions: 2013 Fotoura International Street Photography Awards

vivian maierVivian Maier, 1959 – Courtesy of John Maloof

The deadline is around the corner for the 2013 Fotoura International Street Photography Awards, honoring the best street photography from around the world. This year’s theme is ‘Hometown’; photographers must submit street photography from where they live or have lived. There will be first, second and third prize winners and 10 runners-up.