Street Photography NO!
Street photography is hard; but those that do it well can capture historically important images of our lives. These pictures can even be some of the most telling moments, the clearest, most easily understood messages about our time in the shared history of our planet.
The truly great street snappers hold-up a mirror to our confused humanity; they show us that, regardless of culture, country and race, we are, at root, all alike in the struggles we have with our desires and duties. A picture by the famous like Henri Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Gary Winogrand, or the slightly less famous likes of Martin Amis, Paul Treacy and Adrian Storey allows us to empathize with the emotions of the subject in the frame: be it anger, irony, fun, love, solitude and melancholy, loss, joy, hope or even the drunken regret hunched into the shoulders of suited sleeper in his impromptu bed.
Street photography is under attack with limiting laws of paranoia creeping into acceptability and normalcy, while a pervasive and aggressive misunderstanding of the purpose and direction of the photographers’ passions develops to intimidate and cause many photographers to self-censor moments and images they might once have hungered to record. The business is bankrupt too, almost no-one gets paid for this kind of image these days which is why it is amazing and encouraging to find the passion to perform this purest and most intimate form of photography is still so real for so many snappers. Our understanding of ourselves and the connectivity we have with those others of us across this marvelously interesting world has been made richer by the unjudgmental eye of the street photographer, over the history of the camera. I hope that the future will be as equally and lovingly represented by those brave, sensitive and incredibly observant people who are today out with a camera documenting the minutia of life and thus inspiring those that are perhaps picking-up a camera for the first time (or will soon) who will go on to speak of their time, in their own voice, for the generations that come after.