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The Beauty Of Street Photography

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. [Content Care Oct/31/2016]

Smashing Magazine celebrates the diversity and livelinesss of the world’s streets by presenting you 50 excellent examples of street photography1, 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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

60 Incredible Street Photos Link

Nils Jorgensen

street photography classic

Beautiful Street Photo

Egill Ibsen
Madrid, Spain.

Beautiful Street Photo6

PeeT NeeT7

Beautiful Street Photo8

Beautiful Street Photo9

velco10

Beautiful Street Photo11

tbaur12

Beautiful Street Photo13

Trent Parke

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

irq50614

Beautiful Street Photo15

Beautiful Street Photo16

MisterKey17

Beautiful Street Photo18

Beautiful Street Photo19

Beautiful Street Photo20

Beautiful Street Photo21

Paulete Matos22

Beautiful Street Photo23

Craig Martin24
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Beautiful Street Photo25

FrizzText26

Beautiful Street Photo27

Blake Andrews

Beautiful Street Photo

Mario Mitsis28

Beautiful Street Photo29

an untrained eye30

Beautiful Street Photo31

Randy Cummings32

Beautiful Street Photo33

pennyred*34

Beautiful Street Photo35

Gianmaria36

Beautiful Street Photo37

Markus Hartel38

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Jim O’Connell39

Beautiful Street Photo40

Jesse Marlow

Beautiful Street Photo

Andy Morley-Hall

Beautiful Street Photo

P. Costa41

Beautiful Street Photo42

Ransom Riggs
Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo

Sion Fullana43

Beautiful Street Photo44

Könrad45

Beautiful Street Photo46

David Solomons

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Matt Stuart

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Nick Turpin

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Pierre Choiniere47

Beautiful Street Photo48

~ fernando

Beautiful Street Photo

Claude Renault
Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo49

Massimo Camocardi50

Beautiful Street Photo51

Adriana52
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

53

Claude Renault
Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo54

Richard Ford
Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo55

Stefan Nielsen56
Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo57

Umberto Verdoliva58
Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo59

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

Beautiful Street Photo60

Jimmy Dovholt
Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo61

Mario Jean62
San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo63

Moses Stell64
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo65

Nino Cannizzaro66
Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo67

Giuseppe Squillacioti

Beautiful Street Photo

Last Click Link

Hamed Masoumi68
A photo of Curig and Esther, a beautiful Iranian couple.

Beautiful Street Photo69

Resources Link

Famous Street Photographers Link

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson86
    The French photographer who coined the term ‘The decisive moment.’
  • Bruce Gilden87
    American street photographer famous for getting extremely close to his subjects.
  • Martin Parr88
    Quirky and colourful photography from a master documentary photographer.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/the-ultimate-photography-round-up/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/75-eye-catching-examples-of-aerial-photography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/60-beautiful-examples-of-night-photography/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  6. 6 http://1x.com/photos/street/19764/
  7. 7 http://flickr.com/people/peetneet/
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/1732809323/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/3043227253/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/velco/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velco/2966347569/
  12. 12 http://flickr.com/people/tbaur/
  13. 13 http://flickr.com/photos/tbaur/2484828105/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devtank/
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/1407996799/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/2842280388/
  17. 17 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  18. 18 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  19. 19 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  20. 20 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  21. 21 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  24. 24 http://www.craigxmartin.shutterchance.com/
  25. 25 http://1x.com/photos/member/4184/15065/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/sets/72157606358442750/
  29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/2799257155/in/set-72157606358442750/
  30. 30 http://flickr.com/people/an_untrained_eye/
  31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/an_untrained_eye/1195966967/
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/people/bunnhillphoto/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/bunnhillphoto/2391348446/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/people/pennyred73/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/pennyred73/456925141/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/zanotti/317481159/
  38. 38 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/people/jimoconnell/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/jimoconnell/382833008/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/people/sionfullana/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/12895988@N07/3027919395/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/people/corradogiulietti/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/corradogiulietti/369215542/
  47. 47 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  48. 48 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  49. 49 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/1912/
  50. 50 http://www.photokunst.vontin.net/Camocardi%20Massimo/photos%20Massimo%20Camocardi.htm
  51. 51 http://1x.com/photos/member/3836/18632/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/2320116288/in/set-72157606513245788/
  54. 54 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/2357/
  55. 55 http://1x.com/photos/street/19733/
  56. 56 http://stefan.1x.com/
  57. 57 http://1x.com/photos/member/3044/7355/
  58. 58 http://www.umbertoverdoliva.it/
  59. 59 http://1x.com/photos/member/7140/15594/
  60. 60 http://1x.com/photos/member/7481/19851/
  61. 61 http://1x.com/photos/street/19955/
  62. 62 http://1x.com/member/9888/mario-jean/
  63. 63 http://1x.com/photos/member/9888/18946/
  64. 64 http://1x.com/member/10864/moses-stell/
  65. 65 http://1x.com/photos/street/19820/
  66. 66 http://www.ninocannizzaro.com/
  67. 67 http://1x.com/photos/street/17480/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  70. 70 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/street.shtml
  71. 71 http://www.in-public.com/
  72. 72 http://www.rawstreetphotography.com/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/groups/rawstreetphotography/
  74. 74 http://lensimpressions-photography.blogspot.com/2007/07/masters-of-street-photography.html
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/groups/realstreet/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/groups/97329809@N00/pool/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/groups/extremestreet/pool/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/groups/streetorstudio/
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/groups/5fav_street_photography/
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/groups/wnycstreetshots/pool/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/groups/hello_stranger/pool/
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/pool/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/groups/streetlife/pool/
  86. 86 http://www.magnumphotos.com/HenriCartierBresson
  87. 87 http://www.magnumphotos.com/BruceGilden
  88. 88 http://www.martinparr.com/index1.html
  89. 89 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  90. 90 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-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.

  1. 1

    Nice collection… seems a lot of photographers over-baked their images in post production… Very talented shots though!

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    Thank you SO much for the inclusion of my picture on your list. It’s a big honor to be featured among such amazing photographers. And thanks to all of them, too, for the great inspiration provided by their photos when I’ve seen them.

    Sion.

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  3. 3

    That’s great inspiration post. Thanks for this post. More beatiful is David Solomons.

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  4. 4

    #10 with the little girl dancing.. good stuff

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  5. 5

    Wow, this is cool :D Great for my monday morning inspiration!

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  6. 6

    Lawrence Anderson

    December 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    Awesome post. Really inspiring.

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  7. 7

    Narelle Autio is Australian not “Lisbon, Portugal” and makes photos mainly in Australia, at least those shown were made there… just like her husbands’ – Trent Parke, Magnum Photos member. great post :)

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  8. 8

    Some of those pictures gave me so much emotion! I feel strange now.

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  9. 9

    Love this type of photography very inspiring. I like the dove shot!

    Great post!

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  10. 10

    Love this post! Thanks :)

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  11. 11

    great photos! thank u for sharing!

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  12. 12

    Nice collection. Love the picture of Moses Stell.

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  13. 13

    The last click makes me believe in a better world…
    thanks for the fantastic post smashing magazine!!!

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  14. 14

    Beautiful pictures.

    I especially like Matt Stuart’s and Nick Turpin’s photos. They have brought the word “pun” to another level through images. Very English humour :)

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  15. 15

    Fantastic set! I’ve been waiting for one like this for a long time.

    Jaden

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  16. 16

    Great post. Inspiring stuff. Definitely need to step my game up.

    D.C. Street Series

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  17. 17

    #10 Zwarte piet :D Dancing fantastic

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  18. 18

    Why not just say great photos.
    A train is not a street, nor is a seaside cliff or an art gallery or a cafe or bar ……

    BTW, they are great pgotos

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  19. 19

    my favorite set would have to be misterkey’s. the last pic with the shadow… looks as if they shadow was about to tap on her shoulder, when it’s actually her hand near the wall. pretty good angle!

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  20. 20

    Should’ve been 40.

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  21. 21

    Truly beautiful collection you guys. It’s articles like this that keep me coming back.

    @ John who posted at 2:18 am

    Among the many accepted definitions of the word street are:
    – the inhabitants or frequenters of a street
    – coarse; crude; vulgar</cite

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  22. 22

    “The Decisive Moment” was not the book’s original title but that of its English language version.
    Its original French title, “Images a la Sauvettee”, means images taken on the wing, on the fly, stolen images, a somewhat less positive connotation,

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  23. 23

    That is, in my opinion, the best photography post I’ve seen yet on Smashing Magazine. Absolutely love it and will be forwarding on to friends.

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  24. 24

    I completely agree with Nathan.
    Great pictures…Most are B&W by the way.

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  25. 25

    oh nice pic`s

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  26. 26

    some of these are kinda “blah”

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  27. 27

    Larry Bradshaw

    December 15, 2008 6:30 am

    This is great inspiration for us amateur photographers who want to be more pro-like.

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  28. 28

    Not a bad collection, a few good ones in there, some “urban landscapes”, some that seemed poised or setup which throws out the whole “Decisive Moment” mantra.

    Look at any Magnum photographer for more fine examples of Street Photography

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  29. 29

    These photos are really amazing. There’s just so much vibrancy and life here.

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  30. 30

    Wow!… Isn’t photography awesome?!!!!

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  31. 31

    What’s the deal with model relseases for street photography? I was always under the impression that they were necessary.

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  32. 32

    nice pict’s :)
    love it all…

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  33. 33

    To ANN:

    Congratulations on your engagement!!! I don’t know if you would consider my style fitting, but if so, I would gladly try my best to make you guys proud of your union and get your complicity put into images…. you can check my style at my Flickr page… available if you click on my picture on this post…

    Thanks!

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  34. 34

    Great post – really beautiful shots. I love this type of photography x

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  35. 35

    These are so nice. Its amazing what you can do with a camera and just the right moment in time. It’s sometimes hard to find the perfect moment to capture and better yet, be ready for it when it actually happens. Beautiful.

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  36. 36

    Whoa, whoa, whoa

    Is that just black and white, or is that clown in blackface…?!

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  37. 37

    Impresionantes!!

    Awesome!! wow!!

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  38. 38

    No words to describe my surprise !! Really cool post.
    Expecting such posts in future also.

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  39. 39

    Ignatz Horowitz

    December 17, 2008 7:20 am

    Some of these might be considered “street” photography; some are not, and, what’s worse, some are posed. But better than the hideous “Fantastic HDR” nonsense.

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  40. 40

    I am just getting started. You are an inspiration.

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  41. 41

    Nehal Charania

    December 18, 2008 7:06 am

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

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  42. 42

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

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  43. 43

    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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  44. 44

    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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  45. 45

    that’s grates. like before

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  46. 46

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

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  47. 47

    Very nice collection!!
    Congratulations!

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  48. 48

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

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  49. 49

    this sucks

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  50. 50

    ER Images Eirwen Rogers

    January 28, 2009 3:06 am

    As the article stated some truly awe inspiring images.

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  51. 51

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

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  52. 52

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

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  53. 53

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

    Thank You

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  54. 54

    the phote so so so cute

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  55. 55

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

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  56. 56

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

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  57. 57

    Thank you for publishing my photo!!!

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  58. 58

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

    Diego

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  59. 59

    this is beautiful photos so i wait what do next

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  60. 60

    Just beautiful!

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  61. 61

    Great captures shared here…im a fan!

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  62. 62

    Decisive moments captured!

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  63. 63

    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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  64. 64

    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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  65. 65

    i found my inspiration for my subject matter. thanks alot

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  66. 66

    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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  67. 67

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

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    Nurliana Umar

    March 27, 2014 9:08 am

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

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