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May 04, 2011 03:11 |  #1

For a class paper I decided to write on the prevalence of digital cameras and how that has affected contemporary street photography. I need to address issues directly related by the widespread availability of cameras (e.g. cameras in phones) as well as problems caused by terrorism and privacy concerns. As well as the affects of street photography on modern society.

Now... I've only recently got into trying street photography and have no idea where to start my research for this paper. Hoping the forum can give me some general ideas on where to begin my search and any issues that stand out to those that have done street for awhile. I remember reading a post on here about a group of street photographers taking pictures of people on a specific street corner and that's what sparked my interest in the topic.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Just looking for a push in the right direction really. Does the prevalence of digital cameras really affect street photography??? I would assume it has made it "easier" in some respects. :)




  
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May 04, 2011 09:10 |  #2

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The prevalence of digital cameras (IMO) makes street photography easier in that any one photographer doesn't attract undue attention. I felt right at home shooting in the streets of Shanghai, China because there were so many other people shooting there...

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May 04, 2011 09:24 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #3

There are really two disciplines of street photography.. One, is the street candid where the subject is mostly shot at tight quarters with very little relationship to the environment around the subject.

The second, is where the environment around the subject is shown, what the subject is doing and his/her relationship with the environment. This type of street photography can blur the lines between photojournalism, social documentary and street photography.


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May 04, 2011 13:35 |  #4

Thanks for the info! Great pictures too :)

By the way, Jurgen, what do you think of the prevalence of cameras in regards to street photography?




  
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May 04, 2011 13:46 |  #5

Are you asking about the genre of "serious" photography, including photojournalism as well as street candids, etc., or are you asking about the universal presence of cameras (perhaps especially cell-phone cameras) resulting in nothing happening anymore without photos / videos appearing in facebook, youtube, etc? (or both and everything in between?)


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May 04, 2011 13:52 |  #6

RTPVid wrote in post #12347038 (external link)
Are you asking about the genre of "serious" photography, including photojournalism as well as street candids, etc., or are you asking about the universal presence of cameras (perhaps especially cell-phone cameras) resulting in nothing happening anymore without photos / videos appearing in facebook, youtube, etc? (or both and everything in between?)

This. It seems to me you are conflating two issues, one is the art form of street photography and the second is the prevalence of cameras and the emergence of a new standard/conflict with personal privacy. I'm not sure there is enough crossover between the two to make a cogent paper.




  
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May 04, 2011 14:16 |  #7

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This. It seems to me you are conflating two issues, one is the art form of street photography and the second is the prevalence of cameras and the emergence of a new standard/conflict with personal privacy. I'm not sure there is enough crossover between the two to make a cogent paper.

Agree, which is why I asked the question.


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May 04, 2011 15:59 |  #8

bsaber wrote in post #12346980 (external link)
Thanks for the info! Great pictures too :)

By the way, Jurgen, what do you think of the prevalence of cameras in regards to street photography?

It all depends on what you mean by prevalence.. I see more and more cameras on the street in the way of camera phones and point and shoots.


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May 04, 2011 16:01 |  #9

RTPVid wrote in post #12347192 (external link)
Agree, which is why I asked the question.

I should have been more clear. I quoted you, but I was speaking to the OP. You nailed it.




  
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May 04, 2011 18:15 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #10

RTPVid wrote in post #12347038 (external link)
Are you asking about the genre of "serious" photography, including photojournalism as well as street candids, etc., or are you asking about the universal presence of cameras (perhaps especially cell-phone cameras) resulting in nothing happening anymore without photos / videos appearing in facebook, youtube, etc? (or both and everything in between?)

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This. It seems to me you are conflating two issues, one is the art form of street photography and the second is the prevalence of cameras and the emergence of a new standard/conflict with personal privacy. I'm not sure there is enough crossover between the two to make a cogent paper.

Well it's more like has the prevalence of cameras affected street photography that I'm after. As RTPVid said with the universal presence of cameras resulting in "blanket" coverage of everyday life. Hope that makes sense... and maybe I should rethink the topic. Thanks for the help, everyone :)




  
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May 04, 2011 18:16 |  #11

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I see more and more cameras on the street in the way of camera phones and point and shoots.

And has that affected your street shooting in any way?




  
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May 04, 2011 18:31 |  #12

bsaber wrote in post #12344309 (external link)
For a class paper I decided to write on the prevalence of digital cameras and how that has affected contemporary street photography. I need to address issues directly related by the widespread availability of cameras (e.g. cameras in phones) as well as problems caused by terrorism and privacy concerns. As well as the affects of street photography on modern society.

Now... I've only recently got into trying street photography and have no idea where to start my research for this paper. Hoping the forum can give me some general ideas on where to begin my search and any issues that stand out to those that have done street for awhile. I remember reading a post on here about a group of street photographers taking pictures of people on a specific street corner and that's what sparked my interest in the topic.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Just looking for a push in the right direction really. Does the prevalence of digital cameras really affect street photography??? I would assume it has made it "easier" in some respects. :)



I have been doing street photography now for about 5 years..

The prevalence of cameras.... 80% of that is just people shooting snapshots, not proper photography... Most of those iphones and mobile cameras are not really properly used..

10% serious photographers documenting, shooting life in the streets, maybe another 10% with their own projects in mind..


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May 04, 2011 21:53 |  #13

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And has that affected your street shooting in any way?

Definitely not. I don't care what the other guy is doing. I shoot only for pleasure now after 28 years as a pro (17 of those for a newspaper).


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bsaber wrote in post #12348550 (external link)
Well it's more like has the prevalence of cameras affected street photography that I'm after. As RTPVid said with the universal presence of cameras resulting in "blanket" coverage of everyday life. Hope that makes sense... and maybe I should rethink the topic. Thanks for the help, everyone :)

What possible difference would having everyone armed with a camera phone make in terms of the artistic endeavor of street photography? A more apt question would be how the proliferation of cameras has changed journalistic photography. With citizen reporters using their camera phones to capture photos of breaking news before journalists can get there. But just because a dozen people in a crowd have camera phones I dont see how that would have any influence on serious street photography.




  
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May 05, 2011 00:39 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #15

I think you need to clarify what believe the difference is between street photography and photojournalism.


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