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Nov 01, 2012 21:59 |  #3076

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Nov 03, 2012 10:55 |  #3077

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Nov 03, 2012 14:24 |  #3078

What are you opinions about the book "The street photography for the purist" by Chris Weeks? How many of you do agree with his requirements for real street photography?




  
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Nov 03, 2012 17:14 |  #3079

jasio wrote in post #15202666 (external link)
What are you opinions about the book "The street photography for the purist" by Chris Weeks? How many of you do agree with his requirements for real street photography?

Asking anyone in particular:)
I've never heard of it and can't comment at all on it's quality. However, just the idea of someone listing "requirements for real street photography" strikes me the wrong way.


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Nov 03, 2012 18:07 |  #3080

Mookalafalas wrote in post #15203101 (external link)
Asking anyone in particular:)
I've never heard of it and can't comment at all on it's quality. However, just the idea of someone listing "requirements for real street photography" strikes me the wrong way.

Ditto.

Just as an example, the Smithsonian had a street photography show over the summer and the techniques and equipment used were about as varied as they could possibly be while still falling under the definition of photography, but every image shown was "real" street photography.


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Nov 03, 2012 19:17 |  #3081

In that book /available as free ebook/ Mr Weeks is very restrictive, saying that only b&w, shot with analog Leica or something compatible etc an be cosidered real street photog. It seems rather authorative for me and contradicts the meaning of freely capturing life of street....so I agree with krb and Mookalafalas




  
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Nov 03, 2012 22:09 |  #3082

Some of the shots in the exhibit that I really enjoyed were shot using a large format film camera on a tripod. He set up at an intersection with everything focused and ready to go. People would turn the corner and he'd hit the shutter release. Sometimes capturing them before they had a chance to react at all and sometimes capturing them while they had that "deer in the headlights" look as they tried to figure out what was happening in front of them.


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Nov 03, 2012 23:42 |  #3083

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Nov 04, 2012 00:19 |  #3084

jasio wrote in post #15203478 (external link)
In that book /available as free ebook/ Mr Weeks is very restrictive, saying that only b&w, shot with analog Leica or something compatible etc an be cosidered real street photog. It seems rather authorative for me and contradicts the meaning of freely capturing life of street....so I agree with krb and Mookalafalas

I'll write myself a mental sticky to avoid ever wasting my time on that book...


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Nov 04, 2012 10:23 |  #3085

Weeks does have some good points and pointers, but not when it comes to gear. But even then, I'd take his "requirements" as recommendations, things that have worked for him, more than anything else. So his words do have value, but only when taken with a grain (or rather, a medium sized barrel) of salt.
Think of him as the Ken Rockwell of street photography. Useful at times, if one knows how and when to interpret what he says, and if one doesn't take everything at face value.

As far as I can tell, hes become less silly in that regard over time, but then again I could be mistaken.

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Nov 04, 2012 10:58 |  #3086

You're right Devil. One can find a gold corn everywhere, seldom a huge bit. One can learn always new ways to see. I have been becoming more and more interested in not only looking at others photos but as much in finding out about reasoning behind taking pictures. In this reading photobooks with personal experiences is of great value, isn't it?




  
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Nov 04, 2012 12:28 as a reply to  @ jasio's post |  #3087

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Nov 04, 2012 12:38 |  #3088

jasio wrote in post #15202666 (external link)
What are you opinions about the book "The street photography for the purist" by Chris Weeks? How many of you do agree with his requirements for real street photography?

totally disagree, after having shot the street with a P&S, Leica, SLR, DSLR, MF and Iphone, I've totally learned that the best camera is the one with you.
Actually right now, my street camera of choice is my Canonet QL17, forgot how fun it is

check this 2 NYC street photographers, they are taking better street shots than me and they are only using an Iphone
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some street shots with a Pentax 645N + 150mm

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Nov 04, 2012 14:49 |  #3089

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