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Two Weeks With a Master of Street Photography

March 3, 2005


By way of Roy today, an excellent short article on Garry Winogrand and street photography, my favorite kind. Taking photos of random people on the streets reminds me a lot of hunting: you have to be patient, alert, and constantly hover over the shutter release. I’ve never tried being as bold as some of these masters suggest- just walking up to people, nod or smile, then snap their photo. If you’re not awkward and you look like you know what you’re doing, it seems people will just assume you do and mostly ignore you.

I wonder if having a professional looking camera would aid or hinder in that regard? People might be annoyed if you disrupt them with a point-and-shoot like an Elph, but assume you know what you’re doing with something like a SLR… but on the flip side, I know people have been intimidated when I bust out my D70 DSLR- like the giant lens is going to catch their every flaw. Hmmm… time to build that pinhole camera and go incognito…

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