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Batsceba Hardy, writer and photographer
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'Cause I'm not a real street photographer: yesterday, as I was waiting for someone, with my nikon hanging around my neck, I started to take a look around. And that's how I got it. I'm a photographer of the wait. I don't look for shots. I find them in the pauses. That's why I love to take pictures in the subway, in bars: because I wait for the right shot, I don't look for it. All in all, it perfectly fits with my being. I'm motionless, it's life that changes my colour, my age. -Batsceba Hardy

perché non sono una vera fotografa di strada: ieri, aspettando una persona, con la mia nikon al collo, ho cominciato a guardarmi attorno. ed è così che ho capito. io sono una fotografa dell'attesa. non cerco gli scatti. li trovo nelle pause. per questo amo fotografare nella metropolitana, nei bar: perché aspetto lo scatto, non lo cerco. ma in fondo combacia perfettamente con il mio essere. io sono immobile, è la vita che mi trasforma, colora, invecchia. - Batsceba Hardy

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I've stopped thinking. and i'm dumb waiting for the Great Mystery hug. I've been looking for it wandering about the streets in a city that doesn't belong to me, I've been looking for it letting water drop on me to shut my pain up. yet i've just met the other's rage and i've been annihilated. like i was annihilated as a child before someone raising their voice, a slap in the face i didn't understand. i'm not cut out for life. i don't have nails. i always expect understanding, explanations, love. but i can't change. and i'll keep on roaming with my disability to live, listening to the distant echo of the Great Mystery which will ease my pain. i don't know how to live but i know how to love. and i'll keep on walking trying not to to tread on the ant crossing my path.




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Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, Urs Lüthi, Yuri Bonder. Man Ray ... ...
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A selection of the latest photos of street galleries:" Childern "
and, please, remember to visit the photographers' galleries as well ;) (Wink)


always me :iconbatsceba: Nana, look what I have and you dont!
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I know... I have missed any of you beautiful people... forgive me :huggle:

peace and love
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children  are  always  looking   to   the   opposite  way ... (thanks José JACAC)



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:iconjacac: Postcard from Istanbul 13a by JACAC

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:iconshanperas: The Current state of the Philippines in a photo by shanperas

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but sometimes the family kills... ;)
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Saturday Night Fever


soundtrack: youtu.be/OYebjH9fts0

A selection of the latest photos of street galleries:" Childern "
and, please, remember to visit the photographers' galleries as well ;) (Wink)


always me :iconbatsceba: Nana, look what I have and you dont!
Please enjoy
I know... I have missed any of you beautiful people... forgive me :huggle:

peace and love
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children  are  always  looking   to   the   opposite  way ... (thanks José JACAC)



:iconvermontster: Sensible Shoes by Vermontster
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:iconarslanalp: impressionist by arslanalp

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:iconpatrickmonnier: Wet Baloon by PatrickMonnier

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:iconnothingxplained: Three Working Children by nothingXplained

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:iconjacac: Postcard from Istanbul 13a by JACAC

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:iconajzatsana: Baby boom by Ajzatsana

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:iconshanperas: The Current state of the Philippines in a photo by shanperas

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but sometimes the family kills... ;)
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Street Photography

What is Street Photography?


There are so many things that Leiter and Fellig, two great photographers, have taught us. They are two photographers who are the antipodes and perhaps not even street photographers. I don’t think street photography can be taught, and I guess that the best way is to follow your own instincts. But certainly by looking at the images of these two great photographers you can reflect and learn ways to get to know yourself . The most important thing is for your work to have its own personality and never let yourself be influenced by styles, fads and definitions.
 

Here we have two opposite characters: one who seeks the beauty and not seeking success while the other wants to describe the crudity of reality and said that he was the best (with some irony).

(thanks a lot to Eric Kim ).

Saul Leiter (December 3, 1923 – November 26, 2013)

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Weegee or Arthur Fellig (June 12, 1899 – December 26, 1968)

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Saul Leiter or “There is another world, but it is in this one." W.B. Yeats


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“I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learnt to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.”

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to become a Rabbi. But at age 23, he left theology school and moved to New York City to become an artist.


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He was then encouraged to pick up a camera by his friend Richard Pousette-Dart, an abstract expressionist painter, and W. Eugene Smith, a great photojournalist. So he was soon taking black and white pictures with a 35 mm Leica.
He developed his career by associating with other contemporary photographers such as Diane Arbus and in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contributor to what came to be known as the New York School of Photography. But he deviated greatly from Diane’s style, finally founding his own way.

Even though some of the most recognizable works are Leiter’s color photographs, his early and most well-known are his black and white photographs. He blurred the subjects through the windows and framed the subjects with precise compositional choices.

” I think I’ve said this before many times—that photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you had never paid any attention to. And as you photograph, one of the benefits is that the world becomes a much richer, juicier, visual place. Sometimes it is almost unbearable—it is too interesting. And it isn’t always just the photos you take that matters. It is looking at the world and seeing things that you never photograph that could be photographs if you had the energy to keep taking pictures every second of your life.”



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He was officially recognized as a “Color” author in 1957 at the MoMa in New York, during the conference “Color Experimental Photography in Color”. 
None of his contemporaries (with the only partial exception of Helen Levitt) have pioneered the use of color as Leiter has. He was influenced by painting, by the strong colors of Abstract Expressionism and tried to bring to photography the chromatic-ism of this movement. Color intensity is the most characteristic of his works. He used every color that the city offered.

Human figures are always in his pictures, but rarely they are the “main characters,” the main subjects. they are depersonalized forms viewed through a filtering layer.

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In "Walking" (1956), both figures are blurred and appear to melt into their surroundings. It is easy to miss the woman in the dark coat beside her lighter-clad companion. The photographer is on the inside looking out and vertical reflections of different kinds complicate the scene; the source of the reflection of the door or window that bisects the subjects is an insoluble conundrum. Visually compressed letters — F and E seen in reverse — add to the picture’s vertical feel and these ciphers float in parallel to the light-coated woman like brackets placed to indicate her head and middle body. Everything in the picture is fluid, unstable and indeterminate, yet the pieces lock together to demonstrate that other levels of possibility and meaning can be found within every cascading moment, if we give them our attention. Leiter’s images do this again and again.

It was later in his life (arguably since the publication of his 2006 monograph Saul Leiter: Early Color) that he was discovered by the general public and became known for his vivid, color street photographs.

Saul Leiter has been redefining the parameters of street photography since the 1940s. Working in both black and white and color, he exhibited from the beginning of his career a distinct, visual grammar that features off-center perspectives, compressed spatial dynamics, and a predilection for breaking up the frame in unpredictable and exciting ways. His color work, which went unrecognized for decades, is perhaps even more radical in its asymmetrical visual rhythm and defiantly unsaturated tonalities inspired by Johannes Vermeer. Leiter’s work is further distinguished by its indifference to decisive moments of human intercourse. In fact, Leiter might be regarded as the master of the “indecisive” moment – those in-between moments when nothing of much importance seems to be happening but which resonate with a profound, if understated, sense of interior drama. Leiter is one of photography’s underrated masters, and a living testament to the maxim that the greatest artists are often the most humble and self-deprecating. His black-and-white work was featured in the book “The New York School” and his color images in “Early Color.” The native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, still makes his home in New York City, where he has lived since 1946.



Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig often said that he was "A natural-born photographer, with hypo in my blood."


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Arthur 'Weegee' Fellig was born on June 12, 1899 in Lemberg, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Zolochiv, Ukraine) as Usher Fellig. His name was changed to Arthur when he emigrated with his family to live in New York in 1909. He first worked as a photographer at age fourteen. He was self-taught and only in 1918 did he gain regular employment at a photography studio. In 1935 he became a freelance news photographer. In 1938 he obtained permission to install a police radio in his car. This allowed him to take the first and most sensational photographs of news events and offer them for sale to publications such as the Herald-Tribune, Daily News, Post, the Sun, and PM Weekly, among others.

(Fellig was originally called Weegee (sounding like OUIJA board) because people thought he arrived at a murder scene [before it happened].)

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From 1935 -1946 he practically had a monopoly on images of the murder and mayhem of post-Prohibition New York City. Weegee is one of the most infamous street photographers in history, although he never called himself a street photographer. He is famous for the use of his 4×5 Speed Graphic large-format press camera and flash– which added even more drama to his gritty black and white photos. He generally shot his camera preset at f/16 at 1/200 of a second, with flashbulbs and a set focus distance of ten feet (and didn’t always know what kind of photos he got until he processed them). Certainly he has had a strong influence on shooting flash in the streets to photographers such as Diane Arbus, William Klein, and Bruce Gilden.

After moving to Hollywood in 1947, he devoted most of his energy to making 16-millimeter films and photographs for his "Distortions" series, a project that resulted in experimental portraits of celebrities and political figures. He returned to New York in 1952 and lectured and wrote about photography until his death on December 27, 1968.

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Useful Lessons for Street Photography




An Interview

“Famous Photographers Tell How – Weegee” (Audio Download and Transcript) (1958): www.americansuburbx.com/2010/0…


Quotes from the Masters


"I go out to take a walk, I see something, I take a picture. I take photographs. I have avoided profound explanations of what I do." S. Leiter

“People are so wonderful that a photographer has only to wait for that breathless moment to capture what he wants on film.” A. Fellig (Weegee)



References
1. Weegee's People, Arthur Fellig, 1900-1968
DA CAPO PRESS, New York, 1975
2. Naked City, Arthur Fellig
Essential Books, 1945
3. Weegee, Aperture History of Photography Series
Aperture, Inc. 1978
4. Weegee, Louis Stettner
Alfred A. Knopf, Publisher, New York, 1977
5. Weegee, Andre Laude
Pantheon Books, New York, 1986
6. Weegee by Weegee, An Autobiography
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company, New York, 1961
Saul Leiter
www.in-public.com/SaulLeiter/g…
Publications
Early Color. Introduction by Martin Harrison.
Göttingen: Steidl, 2006. ISBN 978-3865211392.
Göttingen: Steidl, 2013. ISBN 978-3869303529.
Saul Leiter.
Paris: Robert Delpire, 2007. Photo Poche series.
London: Thames & Hudson, 2008. ISBN 978-0500410974. Photofile series.
Early Black and White.
Göttingen: Steidl, 2008.
Göttingen: Steidl; Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2014. ISBN 978-3865214133. Two volumes, boxed edition. By Max Kozloff, edited by Howard Greenberg and Bob Shamis with the assistance of Margit Erb, with an additional essay by Jane Livingston.
Saul Leiter. Göttingen: Steidl, 2008. ISBN 9783865216625. Preface by Agnès Sire.
Photographs and Works on Paper. Antwerp: Fifty One Publication, 2011.
Here's more, why not?. Antwerp: Fifty One Publication, 2013.


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