The Subgenres Of Street Photography

The Subgenres Of Street Photography

By Alex Coghe
From the excellent e-Book : Street Photography

HUMAN IN GEOMETRY
The geometry is very important in photography for the construction of composition, and street photography is no exception. Street Photography is to describe the human condition and the story can come from human figures placed in a geometric context.

JUXTAPOSITION
One of the great classic things about street photography is the way two or more curiously complementary elements can find themselves in juxtaposition.

IRONIC
If it’s true that street photography is capture a moment often we can find things within the scope of their shots that are ironic or funny.

LIFE SHOTS
Life and the human condition as they are, and how you can meet in any environment, even
at home. Human scenarios, once again, but different by street photographs aesthetic. Only
one condition: to met a genuine reality without substantial manipulation by the
photographer.

LIGHTS AND SHADOWS
This branch of street photography makes the search for the light and shadows its focal point. Shafts of light and opaque shadows are a mesmerising presence in street photography and exploring those subjects opens up your images to myriad creative possibilities. The result of this research produces often dramatic and powerful images.

HARDCORE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
The hardcore aesthetic would deserve a separate post. The Flickr group Hardcore Street Photography , known for its ruthless rejection of much of the work submitted to it, could represent a good start to know better this subgenre.

EYE CONTACT
Another controversial issue. I was talking about this to one of my students. In some photographic manuals tell you to avoid in a candid picture that the person look at you. But sometimes just this can make an image powerful and outstanding.

CANDID PORTRAITS
Some people consider this kind not belonging to street photography. But i would remind to these purists that the candid portraits to be defined as such must be spontaneous, unplanned. Many use short lenses, but it is not uncommon for those who are specialized in this kind also use a lens as a 85mm fixed.

 

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