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Street Photography is YOUR Art.

Tokyo, 2015

Dear friend,

A thought:

Street photography is your (primary) art. Considering your passion is art and arts-making, then it seems the primary focus of your life SHOULD be to focus on your street photographic art!


Why don’t people think street photography is art?

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Snobbery. Elitism.

Generally speaking, to photograph strangers in the street isn’t seen as “high” art. And generally speaking, a lot of these gate-keepers of the “art world” look down on street photography. Why? It ain’t complicated and complex enough!


Why is complexity rewarded?

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A thing I learned:

In the academic/arts/elite world, the MORE COMPLEX and the more “unintelligible” the ideas, the more you are rewarded.

Thus clarity, succinctness, and simplicity is not rewarded. If anything, to be clear, direct and simple is PUNISHED!

You simpleton!

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For example, if you call someone “simple”, you’re calling them dumb.


A life devoted to street photography

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  1. Acclaim yourself as a street photographer AND artist. And don’t just constrain yourself in only street photography. Indulge yourself in ALL forms of arts-creation!
  2. Street photography as another tool in your artistic toolkit (like Batman, with his grappling hook).
  3. Shoot street photography until you die. Keep evolving and innovating with new technologies, tools, cameras.
  4. Share your street photo experience and journey with others. Start your own street photography blog!

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  1. “You don’t take a photo, you make it.” – Ansel Adams
  2. “I photograph to see what the world looks like photographed.” – Garry Winogrand
  3. “All photos are accurate; none of them are truth.” – Richard Avedon

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