Once again #Photokina opens it’s doors in Cologne to the worldwide photography industry.
If you are interested in anything remotely photographic, this is the trade show for you! I was was there a number of years ago and the scale of the event is breathtaking. You will find all the events here:
I was delighted to see that 2 of my images have been made featured pictures this month on Urban Picnic Street Photography website. This is a fantastic and beautifully designed website community for street photographers across the globe.
It was founded in November 2012 by Rob Hill who is an art director and photographer in Cambridge UK. I would encourage anyone who is interested in getting their work seen to go and sign up to this site:
I am delighted to see that the film “In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter” (directed by Tomas Leach ) about the great Saul Leiter is going to be released on DVD soon and also made available for download.
From the few clips I have seen this promises to be a really beautiful and touching tribute to one of the greatest pioneers of colour street photography.
Taken from a Timeout article:
Saul Leiter was a respected fashion photographer until, in his twilight years, he became renowned for his abstract photographs and paintings. Now regarded as a pioneer for his mid-twentieth century work with colour, he’s associated with The New York School whose alumni included Diane Arbus. Throughout this documentary, there’s something sloth-like about Leiter: in his New York drawl he claims he’s lazy and unambitious yet his cluttered apartment, which he attempts to clear, tells a different story. He’s a prolific, intelligent artist whose meditative and quietly observant persona is reflected in his street pictures of urban lives in passing. By turns self-effacing, wise, humorous and peevish, the 90-year-old Leiter is at his most poignant when remembering his long-term partner, the late Soames Bantry.
Leiter muses on religion, his scholarly but cold upbringing, age, art and relationships, while his take on photography is refreshingly free of ego: he doesn’t seek to control and believes taking pictures teaches us to stop and look. Broken down into 13 lessons in life, this is a gentle and melancholy film that, given his advancing years, could be Leiter’s swan song.
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As a commercial photographer it is sometimes easy to forget why you began taking photographs in the first place. Though I am lucky enough to do a job I love, the world of commercial photography is a place where deadlines, briefs and budgets are King! This is why I began sometime ago to repursue street photography in my spare time. This is the practice of capturing the “decisive moment” as Henri Cartier-Bresson put it. To go out into the street and record life as it happens. Armed with one simple camera and no other lights or equipment to hinder you, and above all else, no brief!
The beauty of studying life as it unfolds around you is an amazing meditative experience, as we normally are too busy running to get somewhere else. There is so much happening around us if we take the time to look. For me this is photography in its rawest state, it is both energizing and creatively inspiring. I like to think of it as “urban fishing”, each time you hit the street with your camera you have no idea what you may bring home in the bag!
One important difference between street photography and commercial photography is in post production. Generally a lot of work goes into retouching work for clients, however most street photographers engage in minimal retouching apart from colour correction and setting contrast levels. Any of my images that you see posted on the street category of my blog have not been altered, apart from basic contrast and colour adjustment.