Alex Webb Shoots the Streets of Korea

Part 1: Alex Webb Shoots the Korean 5-Day Markets

If you like watching street photographers in-action, check out these two videos of Alex Webb shooting the streets of Korea.

Part 2: Alex Webb Shoots the Alleys of Korea

If you want to learn more about Alex Webb, read my article on him: 10 Things Alex Webb Can Teach You About Street Photography

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  • David Sierra

    Leica commercials

  • Sunghee Kim

    It gives me a good chance to think about one of the common obstructive thoughts that I have when shooting people on streets, “how would people perceive me”. As a Korean person, these videos help me understand and guess the people’s perception of a foreigner taking photos. You obviously stand out just because you look different, but you can rather take an advantage of it as “a curious tourist”. Pretending ignorant as long as not being rude.Thanks Eric for sharing this! I get inspired a lot everyday from your webpage.

    • Michael Ares

      That’s how I felt too when I was in Guatemala. The people there were very warm and welcoming to me. I didn’t have one person yell at me or tell me to go away. I never asked permission for photos, but most of them would ask me to show them what the photograph looked like.

      • Richard Hankin

        Mike, a question….I just got back from nicaragua, granada, Leon and was constantly warned about the strong possibility of being robbed of my expensive camera equipment. Nothing happened.
        I know that Guatamale is very dangerous, based on homicide rates etc.
        Where did you go and did you have any problems with personal safety.

        • Michael Ares

          I went to a lot of cities. I visited the tourist areas of Antigua and Panajachel, as well as in the gritty parts where the people lived like Rio Bravo, Amatitlan, Sumpango, Palin, and Santa Catarina.

          Yes there are those cities that are more dangerous than others. If you are friends with any locals then that is a big plus. That’s how I was able to get the shots that I got. Here’s my Flickr if you want to check out some of my images from there.

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  • VV

    Thanks Eric, bookmarked for later. Really appreciate the time you put into sharing things like this… would never find it otherwise.

  • joy

    amazing video… Yap, it’s clearly commercial video but very useful.

    thank you for sharing

  • Gary

    Nice videos. Korea looks great! I noted Webb was using a Canadian Summicron 35 and he even used a flash! I liked his approach – but I wonder about how big his entourage was. Thanks for the links.

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  • Bart Pellikaan

    Very interesting to see how Alex takes time for his pictures.
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Adam

    Interesting video, I’m heading out to Korea in a couple weeks too.

  • Nabaz Anwar

    Excuse my ignorance here… but I was more intrigued by these koreans people than Alex Webbs pictures. I love his work… no need to say that he is a master n many ways, but the pictures in the video were not in his regular standard. But I love his calm way of meeting people.
    And what a great people these koreans are. So full of life. I know it’s a commercial video… but still… those smiles were genuine.
    Good video.

    • Steve

      …the pictures in the video were not in his regular standard…

      Webb mentions this in a talk to workshop students on The Suffering of Light. I think someone makes a similar observation about the two-week project he did on Chicago for Leica, where the results are also not what we associate with Webb.

      What he says is that The Suffering of Light and Istanbul are edits of such long projects (the Suffering of Light being a 30 year retrospective) that even he looks at them now and feels as though it represents the best work of his life, a standard he may never reach again, but that as an artist he has to accept that and continue to work regardless.

      What I really got from these videos is just how much work must go into a project. From both videos, I think he comes away with maybe one image that feels like an Alex Webb image (the children playing with the abstracted car roof in the foreground) after a lot of exploring and shooting. 99%, by his own admission, is failure. The edit is everything.

      • Ai_Print

        I really like Alex, had him do a portfolio review some years back. The work….It think it mostly has to do with working with the emptiness that is digital, the resulting textureless medium and the gaping soulless hole that is the process. What Alex and many other great shooters did on chrome was immerse themselves in both the limitations of the medium which meant that had to know it in their sleep, the fact that there was no looking at the image and instead, constant, ruthless and restless seeing of the world.

        Alex and several other great users of film are still young enough to buy a few hundred if not a thousand rolls of chrome and show the world what photography should look like. But instead, they are caving to the baseless pressure of tech hype and societal influences and dabbling with digital….and sadly, it shows.

  • david horton

    Thanks, as always, for sharing, Eric. Great stuff. Hadn’t seen the first one.

  • Karim

    Eric, thank you for these video links. Very informative and given insight on why, what and how Alex shoots. Keep up the good work.

  • Ilkka

    Thanks. Very interesting. Funny how he keeps the wide angle finder on top of the camera all the time when shooting with a 35. I find it distracting and only put the finder on when I use a lens that needs it.

  • Hernan Zenteno

    congratulations kim, is very good documental apart of the fact that I like see how works a master, I mean, you really have something there about the place in your own video. I was wondering what carry all the time Alex in his backpack. Any chance to know? Saludos from Argentina

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