Video Interview with Steve Simon, “The Passionate Photographer” in Dubai

When I was in Dubai, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Simon who wrote an incredible book titled: “The Passionate Photographer“. We talk about working on projects, finding passion, and advice for aspiring street photographers. Read more to see his incredible photos:

America at the Edge

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Empty Sky

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Heroes and Heroines

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The Republicans

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  • A Shetty

    His composition is just wonderful

  • Daniel D. Teoli Jr

    Enjoyed the interview. Beautiful strong work! Thanks Eric for taking the time to bring it to us.

    A few notes…

    Great street photography does not need a special subject to concentrate on, it stands on its own. But, if you bother to look you can find special subjects / projects to take on. Here is an example of one project that any of you could have shot, but most photogs would have overlooked. We can sometimes get immune to what is staring us right in the face.

    A lady on one of the forums said she wanted to do a book on street performers and buskers. Someone else was interested in a shopkeepers project. If you look you will find – but don’t let a lack of projects stop you from pressing the button.
    Jay Maisel said…”If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.’ Just hitting the pavement may help you discover your next project.

    I didn’t feel like shooting the other day. I went for a walk with my cam and ran into this guy…

    …”If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.’

    Regarding books…

    I’ve made a number of artists’ books. What I found useful was to do a mock up / dummy in spiral binding. Buy some extra spirals and you can remove the spiral binding, shuffle the book as you like and re-bind in a few minutes. It is much more a ‘book like’ experience to be able to flip pages than to shuffle prints.
    I prefer photo books with a blank facing page. If your doing photos on opposing pages you must be more careful with the flow. Some books that have a lot of energy like Klein and Gilden may benefit from photos on every page right out to the edge of the paper. Just depends on what your work is like and how it flows best.
    Best Regards,