Monday, January 26, 2015

Street Photography Explained

from wikipedia

Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment. Much of what is now widely regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th Century through to the late 1970s; a period which saw the emergence of portable cameras. The portable camera enabled candid photography in public places became an issue of discussion. Street photographers create fine art photography (including street portraits) by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people's history from an emotional point of view. Social documentary photographers operate in public places documenting people and their behavior in public places for recording people's history and other purposes. Services like Google Street View also record the public place at a massive scale. Photojournalists work in public places, capturing newsworthy events, which may include people and private property visible from public places.

Paris is widely accepted as the birthplace of street photography.[citation needed] The cosmopolitan city helped to define street photography as a genre.[citation needed]

Eugene Atget is regarded as the father of the genre, not because he was the first of his kind, but as a result of his popularity as a Parisian photographer.[citation needed] As the city developed, Atget helped to promote the city streets as a worthy subject for photography. He worked in the city of Paris from the 1890s to the 1920s. His subject matter consisted mainly of architecture; stairs, gardens, and windows. He did photograph some workers but it is clear that people were not his main focus.

John Thomson, a Scotsman, photographed the street prior to Atget and had more of a social subject style than Atget. Though he does not receive the same amount of recognition, Thomson was vital in the transition from portrait and pictorial photography to capturing everyday life on the streets.[1]

Henri Cartier-Bresson, who has a reputation comparable to Atget, was a 20th-century photographer whose poetic style focused on the actions of people. He was responsible for the idea of taking a picture at the ideal moment. He was influenced by his interest in traditional art, as his ambition was to be a painter. This influence is revealed through his skill in combining timing and technique.[2]

United States[edit]
The beginnings of street photography in the United States can be linked to that of jazz in the music domain, both emerging as outspoken depictions of everyday life. This connection is visible in the work of the New York School of Photography. The New York School was not a formal institution, but rather comprised groups of photographers in the mid-20th century based in New York City. One of its most notable and influential photographers, Robert Frank, was a part of the beat movement interested in Black-American and counter cultures. Frank's 1958 book, The Americans, was significant. Raw and often out of focus,[3] Frank's images questioned mainstream photography of the time, such as Ansel Adams's landscapes, "challenged all the formal rules laid down by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans" and "flew in the face of the wholesome pictorialism and heartfelt photojournalism of American magazines like Life and Time."[3] The mainstream photography community in America fiercely rejected Frank’s work, but the book later "changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it".[3] It was a stepping stone for fresh photographers looking to break away from the restrictions of the old style[1] and "remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century."[3]

Inspired by Frank, in the 1960s Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander and Joel Meyerowitz began photographing on the streets of New York. Phil Coomes, writing for BBC News in 2013, said "For those of us interested in street photography there are a few names that stand out and one of those is Garry Winogrand";[4] critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said "In the 1960s and 70s, he defined street photography as an attitude as well as a style – and it has laboured in his shadow ever since, so definitive are his photographs of New York."[5]


Eddie Wexler: East Village, New York City, 1998
Most kinds of portable camera are used for street photography; for example rangefinders, digital and film SLRs, and point-and-shoot cameras. A commonly used focusing technique is zone focusing — setting a fixed focal distance and shooting from that distance — as an alternative to manual-focus and autofocus. The traditional (but not exclusive) focal lengths of 28 to 50 mm (in 35 mm terms), are used particularly for their angle of view and increased depth of field, but there are no exclusions to what might be used. Zone focusing also facilitates shooting "from the hip" i.e. without bringing the camera up to the eye. Alternatively waist-level finders and the tiltable LCD screens of digital cameras allow for composing or adjusting focus without bringing unwanted attention to the photographer.

Street photography versus documentary photography[edit]
Street photography and documentary photography can be very similar genres of photography that often overlap while having distinct individual qualities.

Documentary style is defined by its premeditated message and intention to record particular events in history. The documentary approach includes aspects of journalism, art, education, sociology and history. In documentary's social investigation, often the images are intended to pave way to social change. Street photography is disinterested in its nature, allowing it to deliver a true depiction of the world.[6] Street photographs are mirror images of society, displaying "unmanipulated" scenes, with usually unaware subjects.[2]

Several legal cases in the United States and other countries, for example the Nussenzweig v. DiCorcia case, have established that taking, publishing and selling street photography (including street portraits) is legal without any need for the consent of those whose image appears in the photos, because photography is protected as free speech and artistic expression by the First Amendment in the US and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the European Union.[7]

The issue of street photographers taking photos of strangers in public places without their consent (which is the definition of candid photography) for fine art purposes has been controversial in some countries, notably France,[8] even though France was the home of several well-known street photographers in past and present, for example Cartier-Bresson.[9]

While individuals may complain of privacy or civil inattention violations when they become the subject of candid photography, the work of photographers cannot be done in any other way and if candid photography were restricted then society and the future generations would lose works of art, educational images, newsworthy images, and images of people's history.[citation needed]

In France, a legal case between a street photographer and a woman appearing on a photo published in the photographer's book decreed that street photography without the consent of the subject is an important freedom in a democracy: "the right to control one’s image must yield when a photograph contributes to the exchange of ideas and opinions, deemed “indispensable” to a democratic society."[8]

From 15 March 2014 anyone taking photographs in Hungary is technically breaking the law if someone wanders into shot, under a new civil code that outlaws taking pictures without the permission of everyone in the photograph. This expands the law on consent to include the taking of photographs, in addition to their publication.[10]

The Mouse Trap...Love Jehad Ghar Wapsi ,,Put It Out Of Business

rusted beyond use
a mouse trap guilty
accused caught
those who fell in its
love prison now by
detractors of both
communities attacked
paid media news
in a world of muslims
hindus with blinkers
on their conscience
watches bemused
layers of pain all
stacked highly fused
a poisonous pain
induced ,,love
once colorful
has lost its
hue ..a thought
within a thought
the devil its due

said the majnu of this
episode before you hit me
please step into my shoe..

66 Years Have Elapsed ...Another Republic Day

a round of claps
the poor have become
more poorer , the crook
commits a crime is never
caught the innocent man
takes the rap..on the face
of humanity another slap
hope got caught in a
mousetrap ..acche din
we are looking forward to
perhaps black money lies
over the ocean please
bring back the black money
economy strapped 15 years
congress rule a deficit and a
generation gap ..what happens
next wait and watch ..a girl
child cries in her mothers lap
dreading the thought of rape
molestation acid thrown at her
or burnt for not bringing dowry
will her life really be without
mishap..time snores is taking nap
let us not be a rape capital on
the worlds map...eternally entrapped

Salute To The Nation On Our 66 Republic Day

whether you are a muslim
or hindu christian or jew
if you live in India ,,respect
for the nation the flag is
the utmost due ..even
imam hussain said the first
loyalty to the country to
which you belong above all
things is holistically true

if you cant respect your
country's flag .. fuck you

Republic Day. The 66th Republic Day Celebrations Are On

i am too small
he looked at me
accusingly or to
the republic day
parade i would
have gone to
watch history
being made
obama modi
a new dawn
but i am stuck
 here at mahalaxmi
dhobi ghats as foreigners
take my picture ,,ask me
when i was born ,, i look
at them whimsically
camera porn..than an
american lady asks her
husband darling i need
to go the john...he looks
worried as there are no
toilets in this vicinity
the open air laundry
the driver blows the horn
tell the folks its time to
move on..i will never come
back to this goddamn city
of no toilets for foreigners
the angry american lady
has sworn...

happy republic day .
the show must go on ..

The Girl Child Was Born To Be Displaced

born in one house
to another house
her destination
her fate misplaced
if the husband is
good her in laws
are good no problems
will she face but if they
are rotten she will be
traumatized suffer
marital rape  burnt
for dowry her cosmic
fate defaced ..when she
dies by another rich lass
to be milked she will
be replaced ..hindustani
parampara hindustani
sanskriti ..bas lao dahez
nahi toh jala di jaogi ,,
hai ma bap ke kalejay
pe lagti hai thes.. when they
see their only daughters
burnt face ..hai ram
ya allah ..oh god
even you are helpless
the girl childs destiny
even you wont embrace

our own actions mock our race

When This Homeless Umbrella Lady Died She Left Everything Behind

at bandra reclamation
under a tattered umbrella
she made her home .
from the rains sun the
umbrella served as a
dome .she lived here
without ever standing
up dwarfish like a gnome
when she died the municipality
lifted her carcass skin n bones
as her mouth starving foamed
she never begged like a beggar
the streets she never roamed
she groomed herself bathing
with a bucket of water her
hair she combed .. my grand daughters
marziya and nerjis gave her their pocket
money ..humility is what she taught them
Jai Shree Ram Om Shanti Om..

Second Chance

everybody even god deserves a second chance …while media juggles truth public with a blindfold watches democracy’s dance

Cobbler Cobbler Mend My Shoes

stitch it
polish it
make it
make it
make it
i have
to wear
it for my
best friends
a muslim girl
marrying a hindu
bollywood couple
best of two ,,
sweet soha
cute khemu

Street Photography Is An Art Form

pictures you shoot
visually palatable
than post it on the
net thanks to cable
pictures as poetry
perhaps not salable
pictures filled with
pathos pain pilfered
not amiable street
angst street life
added as label
thanks to google
search images
easily available
memories moments
energetically alive

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Obama will be the first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day parade, ..

Obama will be the first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day parade, ..

He wont see beggar children
selling our Indian flag our
country's USP it would degrade

or meet  Mr Arvind Kejriwal
self proclaimed anarchist .
the media made a bubble
that burst after 49 days

all the garbage removed
the city gets an upgrade
Swacch Bharat ..against
our litterbugs a new crusade

will he meet
 most wanted
sharukh khan
salman khan
amir khan
at the republic
day parade
a thought

or will he meet
mr kailash satyarthi
nobel prize winner
master of the poor
children s brigade

or will he meet
ms kiran bedi
the new bedi
wave ..or is it
a political gambit
outplayed ..

or will obama  try out
sarson ka sag makkai
ki roti.. dish homemade

the children of holy name
high school wish the first
lady ,,who danced to mee
hai koli ,,the very best
memories of that moment
will not fade ...the poet
is from the same school
poems in pictures
poetry misplaced .