One day we are all going to die–whether we like it or not. I have been thinking a lot about death lately– which I know might not necessarily be healthy for a 25-year-old, but still feel that it is something important to consider. Regarding death, I often think about the legacy I am going to… Read more about On Legacy and Street Photography
Eugene Atget has always been sort of an enigma to me. When I started to delve into the history of street photography, a lot of people credited him to being one of the “fathers of street photography.” But when I first looked at his work, I was a bit confused. Most of his photos didn’t… Read more about 6 Lessons Eugene Atget Has Taught Me About Street Photography
This article was originally posted on Digital Photography School. Over the years, I have learned a lot of lessons about street photography. Below is a compilation of some quotes, thoughts, and philosophies which have influenced me and my street photography. None of my ideas are original – some are based on personal experiences and others… Read more about 103 Things I’ve Learned About Street Photography
The other night before I went to sleep, I was reading a book on my iPad and then wanted to post an inspirational quote onto Facebook. So I logged into Facebook, shared the quote– and suddenly got sucked into the news feed. I started scrolling through the activity of all my friends– and started to… Read more about On Jealousy and Street Photography
Eric’s Note: This is a transcript of an interview I did with Huseyin Yilmaz, an avid photographer and photo book publisher from Istanbul. Huseyin runs Espas, the premier bookstore in Istanbul. In this interview he shares his passion for street photography, his garbage collector project, his experiences in Gezi park, and the importance of photo books.
If you are not familiar with the work of Elliott Erwitt, you have definitely seen many of Elliott Erwitt’s iconic work all around the globe. As one of the original Magnum members and former president, he has one of the longest spanning photography careers- spanning over 50 years. What I most appreciate about Elliott Erwitt… Read more about 14 Lessons Elliott Erwitt Has Taught Me About Street Photography
Eric’s Note: This article is by Josh White, a street photographer based in Korea. You can also see my interview with him here. Josh: One of the hardest things to do in the documentary style of photography is to work on a project. There are many reasons for this, not the least of which is… Read more about “Access”: 5 Tips When Working on Photography Projects
The folks at PhotoWhoa has recently put together their first issue of “The Street Collective: Volume 1“. Below is a description of the magazine from the editors there: We collected the insights of these photographers to help you. Photographers like World Press Photo award winning Laura Pannack, LPV magazine founder and street photographer advocate Bryan… Read more about Download Your Free Issue of “The Street Collective Vol. 1”
About two months ago (before I was going to embark on my Michigan to LA road trip), Chris Moore and Shirley DeSilva from the marketing division of Leica lent me a Leica D-Lux 6 to test out on the streets (thanks guys!). I have always been a huge fan of compact cameras– for their weight, size,… Read more about Review of the Leica D-Lux 6 for Street Photography
Eric’s Note: OBSERVE is a new international photography collective focused primarily on the practice of candid street photography. I have sent questionnaires to all 14 of the members, and will feature their responses and images on the blog for the next upcoming weeks. Chris Farling: To me, street photography has more in common with other improvisational… Read more about Observe Collective Interview #2: Chris Farling
“Conquer Your Fear of Shooting in The Streets”: Downtown Los Angeles 3-day Introduction to Street Photography Workshop featuring Rinzi Ruiz and Dana Barsuhn (11/1-11/3)
Have you ever walked on the streets and saw a moment that you wanted to capture, but you were too scared to take the photograph? Do you want to become more confident shooting in the streets and learn how to better interact with your subjects? Do you want to meet other street photographers that are… Read more about “Conquer Your Fear of Shooting in The Streets”: Downtown Los Angeles 3-day Introduction to Street Photography Workshop featuring Rinzi Ruiz and Dana Barsuhn (11/1-11/3)
All photos copyrighted by the estate of Andre Kertesz. Also many thanks to Michael Meinhardt for helping me edit this text. Andre Kertesz is one of the greatest photographers who ever lived. He photographed extensively for over 70 years, which also makes him one of the most prolific photographers. Not only did he help pioneer the genre of… Read more about 10 Lessons Andre Kertesz Has Taught Me About Street Photography
Christine from ONA was generous enough to give me the Bowery Bag to test out and review during some of my travels the last few months. I put it through the rounds, and find it to be an ideal situation for street photographers who want a smaller bag to hold their Fuji, Leica, Micro 4/3rds,… Read more about Small is Beautiful: Review of the ONA Bowery Bag
I just gave some members in the Streettogs Critique Group some feedback and made this screencast – thanks to Michael Meinhardt for organizing the images together! I hope to do more of these in the future! If you want to get some more critique and feedback, join the group and the rule is: for every… Read more about Streettogs Critique Group Feedback #1
Eric’s Note: This guest article is by Dan K, a British Camera collector and photography enthusiast based in Hong Kong. Many of the great photographers whose wisdom we like to quote are successful because they have an innate artistic sensibility. For the rest of us, it is harder to grasp what makes a compelling photo.… Read more about What Do You Have To Say and How Would You Say It?
Eric’s Note: I am excited to share this interview with Todd Breslow, a street photographer and the developer of the free “Develop!” iPhone App — which helps you process your own black and white film. He loves street photography with his Leica M3 and working in analog, and lives in Philadelphia with his spouse, two… Read more about Interview with Todd Breslow: Developer for the free “Develop!” iPhone App
“Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography”: San Francisco 3-day Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop (10/25-10/27)
STUCK IN A CREATIVE RUT AND LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION TO TAKE YOUR STREET PHOTOGRAPHY TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO? Do you feel that when you look at your street photographs, you have a hard time defining your style? Do you dream of creating unique and eye-popping images that stand out… Read more about “Discover Your Unique Voice in Street Photography”: San Francisco 3-day Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop (10/25-10/27)
Eric’s note: Earlier this year in NYC I bumped into Jerry Pena, a street photographer living in upstate NY. Funny story, he took a street photograph of me, and then I ran after him (not to beat him up) but to just chat. We shot a bit together, chatted about street photography, and I saw… Read more about Street Photography is What Keeps Me Sane: Jerry Pena from New York
Removing Myself from My Own Photos: What I Learned While Editing and Sequencing My “Harmonious China” Project
Eric: This is a guest article by Neil Ta, my homie and babysitter. In this article he shares his new project, “Harmonious China” and his thoughts about the editing process. Neil: My good friend and International Street Photographer, Eric Kim, first introduced me to the idea of letting photos marinate. The concept is really simple. When… Read more about Removing Myself from My Own Photos: What I Learned While Editing and Sequencing My “Harmonious China” Project
I want to write about a photographer that most art and photography students know, but not that many street photographers know (or appreciate) online. That photographer is Walker Evans, one of the most pivotal American photographer from the 20th century. He inspired a league of influential street photographers such as Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Diane… Read more about 17 Lessons Walker Evans Has Taught Me About Street Photography
I just uploaded the last Istanbul GoPro POV video in my series above. If you want to watch the full series, you can see all the videos on YouTube here.
I am excited to share that the information for my upcoming street photography workshops in San Francisco and Los Angeles are live! The Introductory Street Photography Workshop is focused on building your courage, learning the fundamentals of composition, and techniques when shooting on the street. The Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop is focused on honing onto… Read more about Take Your Street Photography to the Next Level in San Francisco and Downtown Los Angeles!
The last two weeks I have spent in Istanbul with my good friend Charlie Kirk. I first met Charlie around two years ago in Paris– and since then we have shot together, had good food and drinks together, critiqued each others’ photos, taught together, and met others together. During many of my other travels I… Read more about On Friendship and Street Photography
Josh White is a street photographer from Newfoundland in Canada, and has done the majority of his work in Seoul, Korea. I conducted a video interview with him when I taught my Introduction to Street Photography Workshop with him in Toronto. We caught up, chatted about his beginnings, his inspirations, working in film versus digital,… Read more about What You Feel is What You See: Interview with Josh White from Seoul