This reading is a brief history of street photography documented by looking at three of the true pioneers of our art. While in NO way trying to compare my work to that of these three masters, I will use examples of my own street work to illustrate my understanding of the concept/shooting style of these titans.
Between 1897 and 1927 Eugene Atget used a large format camera and focused on architecture and the empty streets.
Woodinville WA, November 2013
In the early 1900’s Jacques-Henri Lartigue made his images of anything he found interesting, primarily eccentrically dressed women.
Pike Place Market. July 2014
Henri Cartier-Bresson is clearly the most recognizable street photographer ever, and is credited with inventing photojournalism.
Westlake Plaza, February 2014
Assignment: Think about how society will change in the next 100 years, and how street photography can be used as an attempt to document it as well.
Two visual changes in society that are unavoidable would be fashion and technology. While they do cycle back, the clothes we see on the street today will look extremely “of the period” when our photos are viewed in 100 years.
Bothell WA, June 2014
With wearable technology nearly upon us already, the days of everyone on the street staring at their smartphone is bound to end soon.
Downtown Seattle, May 2014