An Introduction to StreetSnappers
Brian Lloyd Duckett
StreetSnappers is my pride and joy. I’ve always been a passionate street photographer and I guess my interest derives from pounding the streets of London, draped with cameras, as a news photographer. I founded StreetSnappers to bring together this passion for street photography with a love of teaching – something I only discovered I was good at later in life.
Photojournalism taught me three important lessons about street photography. Firstly, look for the detail – look at everything around you and actively work at developing your powers of observation. Secondly, be curious and go with your own instinct – your gut feel is usually right. Thirdly, context is king; the context is often necessary to help tell the story. I’m still active as an editorial and commercial photographer and am a member of the BPPA (British Press Photographers’ Association).
I admire the work of street photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Fan Ho, Ernst Haas, Dougie Wallace and Alex Webb; each brings a rich diversity of style and approach to this wonderful genre of photography. But it’s not only the ‘greats’ who matter: I get as much satisfaction out of seeing my workshop students develop over the months and years – sometimes progressing from complete beginner to highly accomplished street photographer. There’s no greater reward for a teacher.
As well as running group and one-to-one street photography workshops across the UK and in Europe, I lecture about it and I write books. My first book on street photography techniques – ‘Mastering Street Photography‘ – is published by Ammonite Press (2016) and is available in bookshops worldwide.The success of the book rather took me by surprise as it now seems to be a best-seller in its category around the world. My next book, also by Ammonite, is called ’52 Street Photography Assignments’ and will be published in October 2018.
I am represented by Saatchi Art where my prints are on sale worldwide.
My advice? Immerse yourself in street photography, relax and don’t rush things. Your skills will develop and your confidence will build. It’s an interesting journey – I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Brian Lloyd Duckett
Founder & Course Leader, StreetSnappers