Eric’s Note: Federico Chiesa was born in a small town in Tuscany, Italy, in 1979. He studied commercial photography at “I.E.D” in 2005 and now works as a professional advertising photographer and retoucher. Street photography is one of his favorite vocations. See his “New York Diary” project and his thoughts on street photography below.
Eric’s Note: I am excited to share this interview with Harvey Stein, a prolific street photographer from NYC. He has been shooting the streets for nearly half a century, and has recently published his book: “Coney Island 40 Years” which is one of my new favorite street photography books. Check out some of his work and thoughts on photography in the interview below.
Eric’s Note: I am honored to share this interview with James Whitlow Delano, a talented photojournalist whose work has been awarded intentionally, including the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica’s Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, PDN and others for work from China, Japan, Afghanistan and Burma (Myanmar). His most recent iPad book Black Tsunami (FotoEvidence) documenting the Japan tsunami and nuclear crisis took a 2012 PX3 Award.
James is now trying to get his “Black Tsunami” book published as a hardcover book. Check out the Kickstarter page and support this noble cause, and also check out my interview with him below.
Eric’s Note: Mat Thornton is a 41 year old freelance designer and art director based in sunny Manchester, UK. I first stumbled upon his work in a Hardcore Street Photography thread, and was impressed by his strong graphical form and subtle use of color. Not only that, but how much of his street photography is quiet and doesn’t involve much people. Check out this brief interview with him below, and see some of his superb color work.
Kid Sniffing Glue, Street 51 slums. Click to read more
Eric’s Note: This project is by Jonathan van Smit, a street photographer based in Hong Kong. In the past I have interviewed him on the Leica blog and you can follow his work on Flickr. In this post he shares his “Heart of Darkness” project in Phnom Penh. Warning, the photos are explicit and not safe for work. I thank Jonathan for sharing these very touching images with the rest of the community.
Jonathan: How did I start the ‘Heart of Darkness’ project?
Chris Minko, a musician friend of mine in Phnom Penh is the founder, guitarist and song-writer of a local band called ‘Krom’. I was touched by the words in one of his songs, and started a project loosely based on the lyrics.
she no like but she do
no money, no eat
love you like monkey
i no lie, i speak true
‘Yama’ is the God of Death in Sanskrit but in Phnom Penh it’s amphetamine sometimes mixed with heroin. I took these photos of two young women smoking Yama in a back room in the slum behind the ‘Heart of Darkness’ nightclub on Street 51’s red light district. They were beautiful once.
Eric’s Note: Jin Kay Lee was born in 1991 and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and attends the School of Visual Arts. I love very much the way in Jin Kay is able to catch odd moments of everyday life with so much humor with a gentle touch. The color really adds to the zaniness of some of the images, and her images are very fresh from other contemporary street photography I see today.
Read more to see her playful color street photography.
Eric’s Note: I’m not sure how I first stumbled upon Baptiste Hauville’s work, but I knew instantly that I liked his unique vision and color street photography. What I love most about his work is the layers and complexity that he adds to his photographs, with strong geometric shapes and layers. Not only that, but a lot of his photos have a punch of humor in them as well. Check out his images and thoughts on street photography below.
Baptiste: I’m 27, and currently live in Lyon, one of the biggest cities in France. I hope to soon be a full-time working photographer. I think I first started photography thanks to my dad. I remember playing with his old camera (a black Minolta SRT101) during my childhood. He owned it for almost 30 years! And it still works. What a great piece of metal!
I got into street photography progressively. Actually, when I decided to go out with my camera for the first time, I had no idea that I was shooting street photography (well, trying to shoot street photography).