What Is Street Photography?
Photograph (Verb) From the Greek, phõtos, light, and graphein, to draw, together meaning ‘drawing with light’.
Candid (Adjective) From the Latin, candidus, pure, impromptu, unposed, unrehearsed.
Public (Adjective) From the Latin, publicus, from populus, the people. Able to be seen or known by everyone, open to general view.
At its most basic, street photography is candid photography made in public situations. In photographic terms “street” is not limited to roadways as the word might suggest. It is a stand in for any public setting. Photographers like Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand, Tony-Ray Jones, Raghubir Singh, Daido Moriyama and Joel Meyerowitz have pioneered a variety of street based approaches, and over the last few decades the phrase has come to mean a great deal more. Recent outlets like Street Photography Now, HCSP, Instagram, and the online street community have expanded the territory in ways still being understood, and the sense of community engendered by the Internet generation has sent street photography soaring to new heights of popularity. Opinions and approaches vary, but fundamentally street photography is a depiction of real life infused with an awareness of visual aesthetics.