The Beauty Of Street Photography

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Street photographers strive to capture the life and culture of city streets, searching for what Henri Cartier-Bresson, probably the most famous street photographer of all, termed the ‘Decisive Moment’.

When it comes to street photography, many photographers traditionally choose to work in black and white, focusing the viewer’s attention on the subject by eliminating the distraction of colour. Wide angle lenses are used by photographers who like to get in close to the action, a method that encourages interaction between the photographer and subject. Another technique is use a lens with a long focal length to take photos from a distance and throw the background out of focus.

Smashing Magazine celebrates the diversity and livelinesss of the world’s streets by presenting you 50 excellent examples of street photography, urban photography and photojournalism. There are links to the photographers’ websites and also some useful links to articles and tutorials at the bottom of the post.

Please notice: we didn’t feature Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson and other famous photographers — their works deserve a single post.

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60 Incredible Street Photos

Narelle Autio5
Lisbon, Portugal.

Beautiful Street Photo6

Beautiful Street Photo7

Beautiful Street Photo8

Beautiful Street Photo9

Beautiful Street Photo10

Nils Jorgensen11

Beautiful Street Photo12

Beautiful Street Photo13

Egill Ibsen14
Madrid, Spain.

Beautiful Street Photo15

PeeT NeeT16

Beautiful Street Photo17

Beautiful Street Photo18

velco19

Beautiful Street Photo20

tbaur21

Beautiful Street Photo22

Trent Parke23

Beautiful Street Photo24

Beautiful Street Photo25

irq50626

Beautiful Street Photo27

Beautiful Street Photo28

MisterKey29

Beautiful Street Photo30

Beautiful Street Photo31

Beautiful Street Photo32

Beautiful Street Photo33

Paulete Matos34

Beautiful Street Photo35

Craig Martin36
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Beautiful Street Photo37

FrizzText38

Beautiful Street Photo39

Blake Andrews40

Beautiful Street Photo41

Mario Mitsis42

Beautiful Street Photo43

an untrained eye44

Beautiful Street Photo45

Randy Cummings46

Beautiful Street Photo47

pennyred*48

Beautiful Street Photo49

Gianmaria50

Beautiful Street Photo51

Markus Hartel52

Beautiful Street Photo53

Beautiful Street Photo54

Jim O’Connell55

Beautiful Street Photo56

Jesse Marlow57

Beautiful Street Photo58

Andy Morley-Hall59

Beautiful Street Photo60

P. Costa61

Beautiful Street Photo62

Ransom Riggs63
Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo64

Sion Fullana65

Beautiful Street Photo66

Könrad67

Beautiful Street Photo68

David Solomons69

Beautiful Street Photo70

Beautiful Street Photo71

Beautiful Street Photo72

Beautiful Street Photo73

Matt Stuart74

Beautiful Street Photo75

Beautiful Street Photo76

Nick Turpin77

Beautiful Street Photo78

Beautiful Street Photo79

Beautiful Street Photo80

Pierre Choiniere81

Beautiful Street Photo82

~ fernando83

Beautiful Street Photo84

Claude Renault9185
Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo86

Massimo Camocardi87

Beautiful Street Photo88

Adriana89
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Beautiful Street Photo90

Claude Renault9185
Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo92

Richard Ford9993
Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo94

Stefan Nielsen95
Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo96

Umberto Verdoliva97
Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo98

Richard Ford9993
Beijing, China, but it could be everywhere.

Beautiful Street Photo100

Jimmy Dovholt101
Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo102

Mario Jean103
San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo104

Moses Stell105
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo106

Nino Cannizzaro107
Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo108

Giuseppe Squillacioti109

Beautiful Street Photo110

Last Click

Hamed Masoumi111
A photo of Curig and Esther, a beautiful Iranian couple.

Beautiful Street Photo112

Resources

Famous Street Photographers

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson133
    The French photographer who coined the term ‘The decisive moment.’
  • Bruce Gilden134
    American street photographer famous for getting extremely close to his subjects.
  • Martin Parr135
    Quirky and colourful photography from a master documentary photographer.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  5. 5 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio
  6. 6 http://www.in-public.com/picofthemonth/2004/May
  7. 7 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1292
  8. 8 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1296
  9. 9 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1914
  10. 10 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1927
  11. 11 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen
  12. 12 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen/image/2439
  13. 13 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen/image/2451
  14. 14 http://flickr.com/photos/eibsen
  15. 15 http://1x.com/photos/street/19764/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/people/peetneet/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/1732809323/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/3043227253/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/people/velco/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velco/2966347569/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/people/tbaur/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/tbaur/2484828105/
  23. 23 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/
  24. 24 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/image/1772
  25. 25 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/image/1497
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devtank/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/1407996799/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/2842280388/
  29. 29 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  30. 30 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  31. 31 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  32. 32 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  33. 33 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  36. 36 http://www.craigxmartin.shutterchance.com/
  37. 37 http://1x.com/photos/member/4184/15065/
  38. 38 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  40. 40 http://www.in-public.com/BlakeAndrews/image/1328
  41. 41 http://www.in-public.com/BlakeAndrews/image/1328
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/sets/72157606358442750/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/2799257155/in/set-72157606358442750/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/people/an_untrained_eye/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/an_untrained_eye/1195966967/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/people/bunnhillphoto/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/bunnhillphoto/2391348446/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/people/pennyred73/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/pennyred73/456925141/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  51. 51 http://flickr.com/photos/zanotti/317481159/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  53. 53 http://markushartel.com/black-and-white/new-york-street-photography-06.html
  54. 54 http://markushartel.com/color/new-york-color-street-photography-02.html
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/people/jimoconnell/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/jimoconnell/382833008/
  57. 57 http://www.in-public.com/JesseMarlow/
  58. 58 http://www.in-public.com/JesseMarlow/image/1086
  59. 59 http://www.in-public.com/AndyMorley-Hall/
  60. 60 http://www.in-public.com/AndyMorley-Hall/image/1574
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  63. 63 http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  64. 64 http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/people/sionfullana/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/12895988@N07/3027919395/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/people/corradogiulietti/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/corradogiulietti/369215542/
  69. 69 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/
  70. 70 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2297
  71. 71 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2318
  72. 72 http://www2.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2329
  73. 73 http://www2.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2349
  74. 74 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/
  75. 75 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/image/1255
  76. 76 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/image/1634
  77. 77 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/
  78. 78 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1525
  79. 79 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1524
  80. 80 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1540
  81. 81 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  82. 82 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/people/pixelstains/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/photos/pixelstains/282063863/
  85. 85 http://mesimagesdinde.blogspot.com/
  86. 86 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/1912/
  87. 87 http://www.photokunst.vontin.net/Camocardi%20Massimo/photos%20Massimo%20Camocardi.htm
  88. 88 http://1x.com/photos/member/3836/18632/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/2320116288/in/set-72157606513245788/
  91. 91 http://mesimagesdinde.blogspot.com/
  92. 92 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/2357/
  93. 93 http://sinoperture.1x.com/
  94. 94 http://1x.com/photos/street/19733/
  95. 95 http://stefan.1x.com/
  96. 96 http://1x.com/photos/member/3044/7355/
  97. 97 http://www.umbertoverdoliva.it/
  98. 98 http://1x.com/photos/member/7140/15594/
  99. 99 http://sinoperture.1x.com/
  100. 100 http://1x.com/photos/member/7481/19851/
  101. 101 http://www.dovholt.com
  102. 102 http://1x.com/photos/street/19955/
  103. 103
  104. 104
  105. 105
  106. 106
  107. 107
  108. 108 http://1x.com/photos/street/17480/
  109. 109 http://flickr.com/people/geppo985/
  110. 110 http://flickr.com/photos/geppo985/457123844/
  111. 111 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  112. 112 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  113. 113 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/street.shtml
  114. 114 http://photo.net/learn/street/intro
  115. 115 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5dipTqJfiE4
  116. 116 http://www.in-public.com/
  117. 117 http://www.rawstreetphotography.com/
  118. 118 http://www.flickr.com/groups/rawstreetphotography/
  119. 119 http://stphoto.eu/pod-10.html?PHPSESSID=d2557ef4c6d088f86999e067a3eeab0d
  120. 120 http://lensimpressions-photography.blogspot.com/2007/07/masters-of-street-photography.html
  121. 121 http://www.photogs.com/bwworld/50masterphotogs.html
  122. 122 http://flickr.com/groups/realstreet/
  123. 123 http://flickr.com/groups/97329809@N00/pool/
  124. 124 http://flickr.com/groups/extremestreet/pool/
  125. 125 http://flickr.com/groups/streetorstudio/
  126. 126 http://flickr.com/groups/5fav_street_photography/
  127. 127 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  128. 128 http://flickr.com/groups/wnycstreetshots/pool/
  129. 129 http://flickr.com/groups/hello_stranger/pool/
  130. 130 http://flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/pool/
  131. 131 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  132. 132 http://flickr.com/groups/streetlife/pool/
  133. 133 http://www.magnumphotos.com/HenriCartierBresson
  134. 134 http://www.magnumphotos.com/BruceGilden
  135. 135 http://www.martinparr.com/index1.html
  136. 136 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  137. 137 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/09/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography-2/
  138. 138 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  139. 139 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/

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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

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  1. 1

    I am just getting started. You are an inspiration.

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    i need help,im trying to become a photojornilst can someone help?

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    Stumbled into smashing magazine and wow.. Gorgeous pictures! Hope to pick up the techniques that you have shown so beautifully… =)

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    Wow! Great photos. If you love street photography and travel, you could write about it. I’m sure you’d have interesting articles. By the way, I really liked the Venice, Italy and Stockholm, Sweden photos.

    You may want to check out Travel-Writers-Exchange.com. You could combine your love of photography with writing. It’s another way to reach many people.

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    Thanks, Rebeca!

    And thanks to Andrew for including me in this very fine collection of streetshooters. It´s not every day my images get 15 minutes of exposure ;D

    /Jimmy

    You´ll find a nice compilation of some of my images at Onexposure, http://1x.com/?member=2594&jimmy-dovholt

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    another of the best Helen Levitt [http://www.laurencemillergallery.com/levittlist.htm] and someone might be interested in my own: photography [http://www.i-am-z.com/photoz.html]

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    You can also see a few other photographs that I’ve found! Beauty on the street I and Beauty on the street II

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    that’s grates. like before

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    A very nice group of street photos!

    My 70’s Street Images…

    http://www.www.fullframeimages.com

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    link correction…

    http://www.fullframeimages.com

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    Great choice of photos – gives the essence of real street-photography

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    Very nice collection!!
    Congratulations!

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    Hi Andrew,

    I ad a link to your site on my site because I like your site :-)

    grtz, Nico

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~ouburg/Site/Links.html

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    Killer, I love street photography, Nice gallery

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    hey its beautiful photography……….thnx a lot……

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    this sucks

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    ER Images Eirwen Rogers

    January 28, 2009 3:06 am

    As the article stated some truly awe inspiring images.

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    reminds me of his photo’s: http://www.vanilladays.com/hdr-guide/ check de menu: recently

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    Beautiful selection of street photography. Many favorites here, especially work by Trent Parke and other In-Public photographers. Bravo!

    My street work can be seen here:
    robertbrownimages.com

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    There’s something so magical about street photos…now I’ve got to check out the links included above…

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    Wow, wow, wow, absolutely beautiful shots…where is my camera, I’m going out!!!

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    I Like them all, no hipshot fucko’s…well framed.

    Thank You

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    the phote so so so cute

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    thank you for showing this beautiful street photography….and thank you for posting!

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    Thanks for publishing some of my pics. One digital (bleah) and one my lovely TMAX-400!

    @ John

    Street shooting isn’t about being on the street. It is just a label. Street shooting is about creating or freeze framing the random and fleeting juxtapositions of real life.

    I also second the fact that Mark Kitaoka should be looked at. He is one of my influencers and is a damned sight better than I.

    http://www.markkitaoka.com/photo-blog/

    Cheers,
    RF.

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    Great post, still amazes me everytime I visit it..

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    Thank you for publishing my photo!!!

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    Really great examples, makes me want to go out and shoot street myself! This is a site I never get tired off.

    iarehuman.com

    updated everyday so theres always good street stuff to look at.

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    Vittore Fotografo

    October 23, 2009 7:04 pm

    Really great examples.
    Here you can find some interesting gallery of street photography and reportage. Thake a look becuse are really nice.

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    Beautiful pictures and so many photographer names I didn’t know.

    Diego

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    this is beautiful photos so i wait what do next

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    Just beautiful!

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    Excellent selection of photographers, if you like can go to see my street photography work at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gustavopaz

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    Great captures shared here…im a fan!

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    Decisive moments captured!

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    Isabelle Boutonnet

    September 16, 2011 2:27 pm

    Really beautiful, you show famous photographer but don’t forget this great french street photographers :
    1. Cartier Bresson :
    http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP=XSpecific_MAG.PhotographerDetail_VPage&l1=0&pid=2K7O3R14T1LX&nm=Henri%20Cartier-Bresson

    2. Serge Bouvet :
    http://sergebouvet.com/blog/category/street-photography/

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    Hi,

    These are some wonderful examples of street photography. However I feel to give a more balanced view you should include works from many different parts of the world. There are some very unique sights and people to be seen in countries like India, China, Japan, the Middle East and other parts of the non-Western world.

    One recent photographer I can think of who exemplifies my point is linked below. I especially love how each picture tells a story at multiple layers and levels and the unique perspective of the photographer shines though.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vineetradhakrishnan/

    Cheers,
    Perry

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    Gabriela patrescu

    December 14, 2011 3:38 pm

    nice share …. street photography is photgraphing the various mood if there are a lot of people an important side in photography … let me share article about reactions that may encountered by people, that extremely improve the quality and mood of your street photography.

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    Absolutly wow. Hope that one day I can make such photos. Thank you very much to sharing this with us. Wish you only the best!

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    i found my inspiration for my subject matter. thanks alot

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    Ardeshir Abdolrahimi

    June 28, 2012 3:11 am

    I will be happy to have some feedback from those who are interested:
    http://www.MyStreetBeauty.com
    cheers

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    Raghmah Solomon

    August 9, 2012 8:23 am

    Your insight is unbelievably inspiring. You have a lot more than talent, pure magic :)

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    An absolutely inspiring article, it enriched my week! A thousand times Thank You!

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    D'IGNAZIO Serge

    March 10, 2014 4:51 am

    Bonjour
    Ma modeste contribution à la photographie de rue.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/119524765@N06/
    Bien cordialement
    Serge

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    Greg Alessandrini

    March 21, 2014 11:30 am

    Hello !
    I thought that you might be interested by my blog entitled: NEW YORK IN THE 1990’s PHOTO ARCHIVES.
    http://galessandrini.blogspot.fr
    It features hundreds of exclusive images of New York taken between 1991 and 1998.
    Images of lost landmarks, transformed locations, street parties, the Meat Market and 42nd street, the old NY diners, signs and grafitti, New Yorkers and street scenes, Halloween, Gaypride, Wigstock…

    Kindest regards,
    GA

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    My teacher told me to look and learn from this post. And I think it’s fantastic.

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