I’m currently reading a book titled: “Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think”. In the book, the author defines happiness as being primarly composed of two things: pleasure and purpose. To find “optimal” happiness in life, the author encourages us to find a balance between pleasure and purpose in our life.… Read more about On Purpose and Street Photography
Press release for Fotoistanbul: Welcome to a new era of the photography festival in Turkey. We are bridging the gap between east and west, classic and modern, master and student, making Istanbul the regional hub of the international photography scene for years to come with FotoIstanbul.
Richard Avedon isn’t a street photographer— nor did he consider himself one. However, he did shoot street photography in his life, in Italy, New York, Santa Monica, and more. I was particularly drawn to Richard Avedon because I have a fascination with portraiture and the human face. Even for my personal street photography, I might… Read more about 5 Lessons Richard Avedon Has Taught Me About Street Photography
A.g.’s Note: Here we have another guest post from Sven Kraeuter. He previously shared to us a story of his interesting encounter while shooting medium format film. He’s back sharing his experience during a workshop with Alex Webb and Rebecca Webb. Enjoy! Words and Photographs by Sven Kraeuter. Sven: Stockholm, Sweden, early summer 2014. I’m… Read more about “Who Do You Take Pictures For?” by Sven Kraeuter
I’ve had the photographic week of my life in Provincetown with Magnum last week. I wanted to use this opportunity to reflect on some of my thoughts and experiences– and I will try my best to be as candid as I can (pun intended).
You can see the original article I wrote on David Alan Harvey here. I just finished a week-long workshop with David Alan Harvey as a part of the Provincetown Magnum Days event. I have already written an article on the lessons I’ve learned from David Alan Harvey– but wanted to use this opportunity to further… Read more about 15 (More) Lessons David Alan Harvey Has Taught Me About Street Photography
Recently I had the great pleasure of being accepted as a scholarship student (under 30) for the Magnum workshop in Provincetown, Massachusetts with David Alan Harvey. Unfortunately David got stuck in Paris en route, so the first two days I spent with Costa Manos. And I’m glad I did, I learned so much from his… Read more about 20 Lessons Constantine Manos Has Taught Me About Street Photography
The legend Bruce Davidson was in town for the Magnum Days in Provincetown, and did a slideshow of his best images and some of the great stories behind them. If you want to learn more about Bruce, I recommend reading: 15 Lessons Bruce Davidson Can Teach You About Street Photography.
I had an absolutely phenomenal time at the Magnum Days workshop and slideshow in Provincetown this week. Below are some of the video slideshows of each teacher’s students– I was really impressed by everyone’s progress. Read more to see all the student photos.
I met Kile Brewer at the Magnum workshop here in Provincetown. He is a 24-year old working photo-journalist, who attended the University of Missouri’s Journalism program. He was one of the under-30 scholarship winners, attending a workshop with Costa Manos, and also my roommate for the week here in Provincetown (we go on romantic walks… Read more about Video Interview with Kile Brewer, Photojournalist and Street Photographer from Missouri
Just got up my notes for David Alan Harvey’s Magnum Workshop. Check it out and the video presentations/critiques below! Day 3: David Alan Harvey Magnum Workshop Notes
Today David Alan Harvey just arrived from France, and I had one last morning session with Constantine Manos. Below are my notes and video critique recordings: Day 3: Constantine Manos Evernote Notes Also check out Karl Edwards notes on “Street Shootr”: Costa Manos Street Photography Workshop Day 2
Thank you to all the street photographers who are keeping our Streettogs Academy Facebook page a very nice and active community. Thank you for all of your participation and to Jomel “Dada Bear” Bartolome for our previous assignment. Our Assignment no. 3 editor’s choice, Bertrand Domas came up with a nice assignment for us. It was… Read more about Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 4
Today I went for a lovely 6am walk with Karl Edwards in Provincetown. Karl Edwards is a street photographer based in Toronto, and is also doing the Magnum workshop with Constantine Manos. We have a lively chat about street photography, shooting on the Leica M-E, and his new venture: “Street Shootr” — which is the… Read more about Video Interview with Karl Edwards on Leica M-E & Street Shootr
Having some fun shooting portraits with Quoc and Kile in Provincetown with Heather Bruce, a local painter here. We met her at a local bar at night, shared her life story, and showed us her beautiful home by the water on commercial drive. If you want to contact Heather Bruce regarding her work (or anything… Read more about Eric Kim Show #2: Portrait session with Heather Bruce, Painter in Provincetown
As always, thank you to everyone who participated in our Assignment No. 3. Special thanks goes to our editor’s choice Jomel Bartolome a.k.a. Dada Bear for picking this very interesting and challenging assignment for. It not only tests our skills in making a street photograph but it also asks us to challenge how to tell… Read more about Streettogs Academy Assignment No. 3 “Foreigners” Results and Analysis
Dana Danzel, a drag queen at a bar. I approached and asked her if I could take a few photos. I loved her personality, and blue accents. Shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 on her on my Leica, and shot a few photos with my phone to email her. Provincetown, 2014. Just flew out… Read more about Day 0: Becoming a Student Again at the Magnum Workshop in Provincetown
I’m currently re-reading “Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb, one of my favorite authors. One of the views he has on life is to trust to trust disconfirmation over confirmation, and that much of happiness in life is knowing what not to do (relying on external validation from others, falling into consumerism, being a consumer over being… Read more about What I Don’t Do While Traveling
I am currently in Melbourne, and about to head back home to the states after being abroad for nearly 3 months. A travel itinerary I had:
Street photography is the most difficult type of photography out there. There is so little we can control, and it takes a lot of courage and confidence to shoot in the streets.
Huge thanks to Gary Tyson and Vishal S from Camera Film Photo for putting together this interview video and questions while I was in Hong Kong. We talk about my fears in street photography, books, film, and more.
I am often frustrated with my photography. Sometimes I will prowl the streets for hours, without getting any decent shots. Sometimes I ask myself, “what is the point of all of this”– does it all really matter? One of the biggest inspirations in my photography is Josef Koudelka. He is the type of photographer who… Read more about On Patience and Street Photography
We often have tons of excuses in life. We don’t have enough time. We don’t have enough money. We don’t have the opportunities to do what we love. I always make tons of excuses in my street photography. When I am traveling on the road, I have tons of opportunities to shoot and always feel… Read more about On Excuses and Street Photography
(A.g.’s note: Some of the photographs in the article are for mature audiences only. Viewer discretion is advised. Words by A.g. De Mesa. Interview and questions by Eric Kim. All photographs are the respected copyright of Dougie Wallace) Through the years of photography, the question weather the photographer is but a mere passive participant in the… Read more about The World of GlassWeegee (NSFW)
I am really excited to share that Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” in addition to “Exiles” by Josef Koudelka is going to be reprinted. These are two of the greatest street photography books published in history, and once sold for hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars. Don’t miss out, pre-order a copy today! “The Decisive Moment“:… Read more about Must-Buy Books: “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson and “Exiles” by Josef Koudelka
A.g.’s note: Here’s a guest post for Sven Kraeuter that was originally posted in his blog. He shares to us an encounter he had while shooting around his neighborhood with a medium format camera that lead to an interesting encounter. Text and photographs belong to Sven Kraeuter. Sven: Resurrecting my old east German medium format camera… Read more about Change film, meet people, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the pause
I know a lot of street photographers who have gotten into film recently, and have recently invested in film Leicas (specifically Leica m6’s). I wanted to write this guide to share everything I personally know about shooting on a film Leica based on my 3 years of experience. Disclaimer: I am not a Leica expert,… Read more about A Guide on How to Shoot Street Photography on a Film Leica (or Rangefinder)
Sean Lotman is a street photographer based in Kyoto. I recently met up with him in Kyoto and he showed me his beautiful 8×10 color darkroom prints. I was amazed by the colors, poetry, and beauty of the images– and wanted to share some of his work on the blog. You can see my past feature… Read more about Experimental Color Street Darkroom Prints by Sean Lotman in Japan
To learn more about Bruce Gilden, I recommend reading: “5 Lessons Bruce Gilden Has Taught Me About Street Photography” and “An Afternoon with Bruce Gilden“.
Charlie Kirk nominated me for the Ice Bucket challenge and I just donated $100 to support ALS. If this blog has helped you out in any way (or this video entertained you) please consider also donating to ALS. There is no better joy than paying it forward and helping others :) To pass on the… Read more about Eric Kim Ice Bucket Challenge in Sydney
Recently I hooked up with my buddy Vishal from Hong Kong (he runs Camera Film Photo) and he hooked it up with some Rollei Digibase CN200 film. I was quite excited about the film (as it is new) — and decided to have a go. I shot around 2 rolls of film, and wanted to share… Read more about Review of Rollei Digibase CN200 Color Film for Street Photography