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Street Photography ... by cweeks Street Photography ... by cweeks
for the Purist.

yes, it's been a while. yes, this little project actually took on a life of its own.

yes, it's a 160 page .pdf.

and, yes, i'd like to thank some people for their collaboration, contribution and encouragement ...


i think my document is richer because of the involvement of the aforementioned.


i'm sure it could use an edit. what-the-fuck-ever.

i'm tired of looking at it.

it's as good as it's going to get given what i've got goin' on.

it's convoluted.

there are no chapters.

there are asides.

snarky comments.

it's a leica-slash-rangefinder lovefest.

all that.

but ... in the end .. this document ... besides the forewards by some of my dA-friends ... it's me.



ya' know.

maybe you don't.

it was written with a certain audience in mind ... and the members of that audience know me...

so ...

i hope it helps in your quest for the evolution of the moment ...

not the decisive one ...

just the evolution ...

and ...

remember ...

take your camera and film everywhere.

be the photo geek.

it's all good!

let me know what you think. good or bad.

tutto friggin' bene!
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DubaiBunniesUAE Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
graciebarraumea Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016
What a perfect photo shoot..Such an inspiring one..
davidbarcomb Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Very inspiring work. Thank you
EnterNewUsername Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for offering this for free to the deviantArt community, that is very kind and unselfish....i am enjoying perusing your human condition efforts, i try to drink in the photo and not go to your text and dialogue in an automated are intriguing......i hope you do very well in you life :)
leec2011 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
The link to the book is up the top right of the screen.

It took me a while to find it...
rebecccagenevive Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
trying to figure out what to click to download!
JaiAnarkali Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is GREAT! Beautiful work and so inspirational!
PlutonII Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Thank you can download a book about street photography.
Paramveerz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
branzeiradu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
alessandrosgv Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Tnks!!! :)
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured in Photography Weekly Edition Fourteen
Please favourite it if you enjoyed it!
sajenps Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
really like it
aGrz Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I really like your book!
azidaniela Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Thanks a lot :)
ciruelitaspasas Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
It is really beautiful. And the contrast between the loving couple and the lonely person is great; it gives you the feeling of both sides and somehow you feel happy for the couple but sad for the other person. However, as the other person is reading, in a way, it gives you the feeling that he may not be alone because through reading he is in connection with others and therefore not alone. On the other hand, he does not seems to be desperate so he may be waiting for someone to come.

THe picture allows to give several interpretations and I think that's great!
mettawita Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
it's cool, but I don't really like it somehow. i think something is missing. but i don't really know what is it. no offense
itslouiefaundo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011   Photographer
nice shot here!
MissTabbyGrey Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is very interesting. But less flaming and rambling about other people would have made this even more valuable and nicer to read. It formed a very unpleasant opinion of your character while reading, and I think if you put so much love in a project, you should try and focus on the content, and not the rage against other opinions.
project499 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for letting it loose on its own! :D
bibousiq Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Thank you so much!
sacredgeometry Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
purist? Hahahaha yeah right.
brhood Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Interface Designer
Thanks for sharing Chris. Loved your passion, photography and no compromise :)
august-alpha Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
just downloaded the file, love it, man. well done
farazkhwaja Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Student Photographer
Thought i should let you know, this is roaming around on torrents and link sites...
thiagohdp Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you so much for sharing your invaluable knowledge. Thanks.
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this! It's really helpful. I love the cover picture. It's kinda ironic that there's a loner and a couple on the same bench. Thanks for making this!
crazythis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
oops. cant dload it.
crazythis Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
why isn't this a dd? this is awesome, thanks<33
SydWeedon Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Spent the afternoon yesterday going through the book. I love it. That is an excellent piece of work and attitude.
printsILike Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gee. thanks for creating this book!! I have only just downloaded it but am grateful to you for the time and effort you put in to it!
All I can offer in return is a Llama!
di-ck Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
thank you for this sincerely. i apprecciate your hard work! Hope it helps to get some better pictures :)
blackworms Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Chris, what is your opinion on using Micro Four-Thirds for Street?
bdwfh Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
helpful! looking forward to getting my hands on a Leica, although i may have to settle for a Voigtlander if things don't pick up for me soon.

thanks for taking the time to put this together.
androidman Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great work, just found it :)
Thecreativeone22 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Love street photography great job this pictures very sweet.....
Mrs-Garfield Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Amazing, thank you for sharing this with your fellow deviants.

toQDuj Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic, although "Forward" should be "Foreword", and the typesetting could be improved as some of it falls beyond the margins at the right. Additionally, readability is improved when the text is justified in multiple columns (news-paper like).

Other than that, nice work!
ikai-zixie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for this! :hug:
blindone78 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
Thank you.
sneakazz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Thank-you. This is brilliant.
ZonbiKeki Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Thank you for making this available. :) I'm sure it will be extremely helpful for those of us just starting out.
yitux Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Well, generally im lazy on writting negatives comments in DA, but this "tutorial" deserves it.

I like most of yor pics. I admire your work and your style, thats why i download the PDF.

After reading it, i have just one thing to say: "who the hell you think you are?". You are putting laws into photography, you are putting limits to a genre, you are degrading experimentation, you are saying what is and what isnt ok, you are getting street photo into a small box, you are trying to kill art.

In the thirdies and fourthies they use B/W photo because there wasnt anymore. The same with the rangefinder. Technology evolves, get better. Now a days we have color, autofocus, white balance, etc. Something isnt better just because its more difficult.

This wasnt "for purist". This was for fundamentalists.

Sorry to have read this; i would prefer to stay with your good work.
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
you've clearly never used a rangefinder, mate.
yitux Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
No i didnt. I only own a Canon AT-1, but thats not the point. I have neither film a movie in 35mm, but i hate film-fundamentalists who think anything apart from 35mm isnt worth. Because i know some people making video, that make incredible stuff! The same happens with photography. I know some guys taking pictures with just one toy-digital camera, but kicking asses on other snobists-Leicas owners.
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
lets see the films you make in video, mate.

and, like i said, if you haven't used a rangefinder, you just don't know.


jealous much? seems like it. ;)
Chantryphotography Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Just a random opinion:

First, I'd like to immediately state that a) No, I have never used a range finder or even film but b) I definitely have a lot of respect for street photographers and for the formats you seem to almost be pushing.

Now, I have never done street photography in my life. I grew up in a small town, but I have recently moved to a large city and have been thinking about getting into street photography for a little while.

However, I only have a DSLR! I'm growing up in a time when digital cameras are the norm. They are wonderful tools and I don't see anything wrong with using one. Yes, people do notice them and yes, they are much different than what people have used in the past, but what is really wrong with that?

If I can get a spontaneous photograph of someone on the street with a DSLR, I should feel no shame in using it. AND when I get home and upload it to my computer, if I want to put it in black and white or if I want to take a U-turn and blast the saturation, that's what I'm going to do.

You're trying to defend the essence of street photography, but at the same time you're setting limits on photography as a whole. I can see how telling someone that he or she might as well use a rangefinder when doing street photography, because the camera does seem to be (I agree) made for it, but telling someone that they can't use a DSLR or ANY camera is - frankly - trend-whoring in my opinion.
cweeks Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
mate, until you actually have done it ...

and experienced it ...

you'll never know.

it's much different than landscape and nature.

just happy you didn't talk about using a long lens, too.
yitux Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
i want to use a leica. i also want to film in 35mm.

im just saying that having those resources isnt everything. because they are just that, resources. Arte is more about the espirit, the feeling.

Thats just what i think. Dont worry
cweeks Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009
i would love for you to use a leica or any rangefinder.

honestly, i have lots of friends in the film industry. my next door neighbor, in fact, is a grip.

what we're doing right now with the 5dm2 and lots of film industry gear ... is really amazing.

i totally agree about "the feeling" no matter what "medium" was used.

see .. we finally agreed on something, mate.

when i showed some of the other "film industry" people the stuff we've been doing with the 5dm2's ... they were blown-the-fuck-away. ;)

and they're only used to film. ;)
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