PE: 52 Street tips from the Masters

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  1. “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.” — Bruce Gilden

  2. “Turn your attention to the four-legged population.” — Ying Tang

  3. “Take a bus. Do weekly shopping. Pop into a public loo.” — Nils Jorgensen

  4. “Document some evidence of human ingenuity that would otherwise go unnoticed. Do it without including any humans in the picture.” — Michael Wolf

  5. “Get lost in a thicket of signs and structures.” — Wolfgang Zurborn

  6. “Never ignore a cliché.” — Artem Zhitenev

  7. “When you have to shoot: shoot! Don’t talk!” — Il Brutto.

  8. “Make a picture containing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” — Jens Olof Lasthein

  9. “On your knees please… take a picture from floor level.” — Matt Stuart

  10. “Play photographic poker. Look for a pair, two pairs, or three of a kind.” — Siegfried Hansen
  11. scene de rue 282 by C-Jook  untitled by panfoto
    street 3434454545 by ohyouhandsomeDevil  3 in 1 by marius1956

  12. “Photograph like an assassin; suddenly and silently.” — Osamu Kanemura

  13. “Take to the streets! Get political!” — Mimi Mollica

  14. “Look for the stars, even in broad daylight.” — Markus Hartel

  15. “Look closer to home.” — Lars Tunbjörk

  16. “Show us the aftermath.” — Maciej Dakowicz

  17. “Wander aimlessly most of the time.” — Melanie Einzig

  18. “Wait for the rain, it makes shooting on the street easier and more interesting.” — Martin Parr

  19. “Take pictures where you’re not comfortable, where you feel exposed, threatened, or morally on the wrong side.” — Mirko Martin.

  20. “Look for a window. Through a window, out of a window, or at the reflections on a window.” — Arif Asci

  21. “Expose the banalities of the new urban landscape.” — George Georgiou
  22. :bigthumb166565762:  kick by Benowski
    buddies by arslanalp  Exposed Through Overexposure by PEN-at-Work

  23. “Slow down, the next picture may be very quiet and close.” — Bruno Quinquet

  24. “Be aware of the way the camera compresses a three dimensional world into a two dimensional plane and use that to your advantage.” — Nick Turpin

  25. “Pick a spot, stay there for an hour and see what unfolds.” — Polly Braden

  26. “There is a crack in everything—that’s how the light gets in…” from ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen — Frederic Lezmi

  27. “Follow the money.” — Stephen McLaren

  28. “Talk to strangers, let them take you to places.” — Mark Alor Powell

  29. “If you’re not sure it’s a picture, shoot it anyway.” — Carolyn Drake

  30. “Bend the rules and play tricks with the mind; make documents of moments that have never existed.” — Peter Funch

  31. “Go somewhere you haven’t been before—a dog show, a polo match, a monster truck rally—and remember, the interesting things often happen at the fringes away from the main ‘action’.” — Paul Russell

  32. “Find an ambiguity that lies just below the surface.” — Jesse Marlow
  33. :bigthumb260287387:  kiss me by the crippled guy by fuxs
    :bigthumb196641856: Scotland 01 by yanjin

  34. “Remember Robert Capa’s words: if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Andrew Glickman

  35. “Look for clashing colours—the more lurid the better.” — Bang Byoung-Sang

  36. “Follow lines of movement for a graphic journey.” — David Gibson

  37. “Unless the supernatural comes and plays a part and reveals itself, the picture is only as good and nice as information can be.” — Raghu Rai

  38. “Get stuck in the thick of it.” — Otto Snoek

a. Nominate something you are going to go out and hunt for—the more abstract the better.

    b. Give yourself a time constraint.

    c. Go out and start work.

    d. Ask yourself why everything else that you encounter is so much more engaging than what you are hunting for.
e. Ask yourself whether the time constraint is a useful tool. — Richard Wentworth

  40. “The distance between yourself and others should not be greater than your arm’s length.” — Christophe Agou.

  41. “Surrealism. Now!” — Gary Alexander

  42. “When you hit that wall of utter frustration while photographing the street, when you are beyond tired and just want to give up, keep on walking—for another hour, or until the light goes entirely. Often the best photographs come when you least expect them—when you are the most exhuasted, and the most emotionally vulnerable.” — Alex Webb

  43. “Don’t ask. Shoot fast.” — Gus Powell
  44. Fly fly away.. by straightfromcamera On the loose by StamatisGR
    new year's eve by SimonSawSunlight  :bigthumb202160101:

  45. “It might all come together for a moment and then just as quickly it is gone.” — Narelle Autio

  46. “The different shades of grey are astonishing.” — Boris Savelev

  47. “While walking the street constantly look behind yourself, the light is always different.” — Trent Parke

  48. “Make something from nothing.” — Amani Willett

  49. “Be joyful! Dance in the street.” — Munem Wasif

  50. “See the characters but create your own plot.” — Martin Kollar

  51. “Make a picture that is funny and sad at the same time. A photograph that simultaneously evokes pathos, irony and humour.” — Jeff Mermelstein

  52. “The real subject is yourself facing the world.” — Thierry Girard

  53. “Things are what they seem to be, or maybe something else.” — Richard Kalvar

  54. “Read the street in front of you by saying to yourself everything that you see happening both near you and coming toward you (the text of the street) and the picture will present itself.” — Joel Meyerowitz
  55. time square serene... by cweeks  jeunes by SimonSawSunlight
    :bigthumb286677757: 176 by eyalbin

  56. “Buildings are like humans and have their own character.” — Alexey Titarenko

  57. “If you have talent, find your own way.” — Cristóbal Hara

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