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Street Photography exhibitions this month

Street Photography exhibitions this month

April is a quiet month for exhibitions in the UK but there are a couple of shows worthy of a visit. If, like me, you're interested in that space where street meets documentary, a trip to Manchester is a must for Tish Murtha's exhibition at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel...

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Street photographer interview: Emma Ross

Street photographer interview: Emma Ross

Emma (see her selfie, below), who lives in Northern Ireland, first came on one of my workshops around 18 months ago - very much at the start of her street photography journey. She's passionate about street (and, more recently, documentary) photography and is clearly a...

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A Photography degree later in life?

A Photography degree later in life?

Would you study for a photography degree later in life?Would you study for a photography degree later in life? It's an interesting question and in today's newsletter I speak to three of my workshop students who have done just that. It's something I have always...

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New workshop: ‘Inspired by Saul Leiter’

New workshop: ‘Inspired by Saul Leiter’

New workshop: 'Inspired by Saul Leiter' Learn how to shoot like Saul Leiter in this immersive street photography workshop in London. Leiter's contribution to the genre of street photography is remarkable. Having initially trained as a painter (and a rabbi!), he...

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How to Shoot Street Portraits

How to Shoot Street Portraits

I’m often asked about whether we should ask strangers if we can take their picture and, if so, is it really street photography? We usually refer to these pictures as street portraits - and they’re becoming very popular. For me, a street portrait  is a posed, rather...

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STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND MENTAL HEALTH

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AND MENTAL HEALTH

Far too many people I’ve met, particularly during the past 18 months, have been affected by some form of mental health issue, ranging from very mild anxiety to crippling depression - maybe due to the pandemic, maybe not. So what, you may be thinking, has that got to...

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10 Tips for shooting street photography at night

10 Tips for shooting street photography at night

Shooting street photography at night There’s no doubt that some great street photography can be done during the hours of darkness and night shooting is something we should all try; it's almost a rite of passage. Think neon lights, shop windows, reflections, car...

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New! Street Photography Bookshop

New! Street Photography Bookshop

I'm often asked what street photography books I'm reading at the moment - or what my current recommendations are. So I've curated my list of favourites and have put them all in one place.Please have a look at my online bookshop. All the books here are for sale through...

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Do you like street photography and running?

Do you like street photography and running?

You're possibly aware that I'm nuts about Venice. I'm less nuts about running, but I try to do it to stay fit and to compensate for all the over-indulgence. However, as a birthday present two years ago, Johannah bought me entry into the Venice 10K run and I have to...

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Street photography and JBDI

Street photography and JBDI

I once had a boss whose motto was 'JBDI' (just bloody do it!) and I think he had a point. I'm constantly hearing about street photographers complaining because 'there's nothing to do'. Well, I think they're wrong and there is plenty to do. Yesterday I needed to be in...

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Where street photography and commercial photography collide

Where street photography and commercial photography collide

There's a very interesting space where street photography can be used in corporate marketing applications. I was approached in November by a marketing agency working on behalf of the NHS: “We’re working on a job and we need some images - like yesterday”. And the brief...

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New Street Photography Zine – ‘I Veneziani’

My new street photography zine is available for pre-order. It's a portrait of the stylish, charismatic and sometimes eccentric Venetian people - i Veneziani. The zine is 44 pages, A5, full colour, printed on silk stock and saddle stitched. This is a limited first...

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New video: your street photography mistakes

New video: your street photography mistakes

We all make mistakes as street photographers - me included. And there's no shame in that - but the important thing is to recognise some of the common mistakes we make - and that recognition is the first step towards eliminating them from our shooting. So in this...

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What’s in my bag for street photography?

What’s in my bag for street photography?

This is one of the questions I am asked most often. I’m not going to go into great detail or technical data here, just a quick tour of my camera bag, explaining ‘what’ and ‘why’. The first point to bear in mind that as a Fujifilm ambassador, I use Fujifilm cameras and...

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Latest video: Introduction to Street Photography

Latest video: Introduction to Street Photography

If you're relatively new to this wonderful genre, my latest video provides a solid introduction to street photography and will give you the knowledge, the confidence and the tips to get you started as a street photographer. So please head over to YouTube and check out...

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The Film / Analogue Survey

The Film / Analogue Survey

Are you a fan of film / analogue photography? Have you tried it but given up? Would you like to get involved but haven't yet taken the leap? There's no doubt that film photography - in street photography at least - is enjoying a massive rise in popularity. I'm keen to...

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Street Photography News, 31 October 2020

Street Photography News, 31 October 2020

Welcome!Welcome to a re-designed newsletter with a new, simpler look - I hope you like it. Again this month, it’s great to welcome lots of new subscribers on board and, as always, I welcome your ideas and suggestions for future content. I’m also happy to consider your...

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Street Photography News, late-September 2020

Street Photography News, late-September 2020

Who else was saddened by the cancellation of the Photography Show? Okay, it was replaced by a 'virtual' version which was, of course, better than nothing, but the lack of our annual pilgrimage to the NEC left us feeling slightly bereft. However, with some buccaneering...

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10 Street Photography Tips

10 Street Photography Tips

As you may know, The Photography Show 2020 was postponed due to the corona virus pandemic and was replaced by a 'virtual' show. I was asked by Fujifilm to present a video entitled '10 Ways to Elevate Your Street Photography, which went out live to registered show...

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Street Photography Critique – August 2020

Street Photography Critique – August 2020

Welcome to my latest street photography critique video. The images featured were all taken by members of the StreetSnappers Collective, a group of enthusiastic and talented street photographers. Membership of the Collective is available to anyone who has attended my...

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Street Photography News, September 2020

Street Photography News, September 2020

If you would like to receive your own copy of my newsletter via email, you can sign up here. September 2020 I'm feeling more than a little melancholic this weekend as I was meant to be running a workshop in Lisbon, my favourite city (and it's my favourite city for so...

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Street Photography Critique

The StreetSnappers Collective is a street photography collective just for people who have attended my workshops. each month, I set members a challenge then, from all the entries, I select five or six images for critique, which will be posted either here on my blog or...

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Street Photography News, August 2020

Street Photography News, August 2020

Last weekend saw my first workshops since mid-March and it was great to be back in the saddle. London was extraordinarily quiet (as expected), which led to different street shooting opportunities. We had more time, more breathing space, more room in which to operate....

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What is street photography?

What is street photography?

It's a big question and it's one which vexes many people who are new to street photography. Whilst there are accepted 'classical' definitions, new ways of working have emerged over the past 20 years or so and the boundaries have blurred. Of course, it's hard to offer...

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