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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 Link

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 Ibsen
Madrid, Spain.

Beautiful Street Photo14

PeeT NeeT15

Beautiful Street Photo16

Beautiful Street Photo17

velco18

Beautiful Street Photo19

tbaur20

Beautiful Street Photo21

Trent Parke22

Beautiful Street Photo23

Beautiful Street Photo24

irq50625

Beautiful Street Photo26

Beautiful Street Photo27

MisterKey28

Beautiful Street Photo29

Beautiful Street Photo30

Beautiful Street Photo31

Beautiful Street Photo32

Paulete Matos33

Beautiful Street Photo34

Craig Martin35
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Beautiful Street Photo36

FrizzText37

Beautiful Street Photo38

Blake Andrews39

Beautiful Street Photo40

Mario Mitsis41

Beautiful Street Photo42

an untrained eye43

Beautiful Street Photo44

Randy Cummings45

Beautiful Street Photo46

pennyred*47

Beautiful Street Photo48

Gianmaria49

Beautiful Street Photo50

Markus Hartel51

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Jim O’Connell52

Beautiful Street Photo53

Jesse Marlow54

Beautiful Street Photo55

Andy Morley-Hall56

Beautiful Street Photo57

P. Costa58

Beautiful Street Photo59

Ransom Riggs60
Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo61

Sion Fullana62

Beautiful Street Photo63

Könrad64

Beautiful Street Photo65

David Solomons66

Beautiful Street Photo67

Beautiful Street Photo68

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Matt Stuart69

Beautiful Street Photo70

Beautiful Street Photo71

Nick Turpin72

Beautiful Street Photo73

Beautiful Street Photo74

Beautiful Street Photo75

Pierre Choiniere76

Beautiful Street Photo77

~ fernando

Beautiful Street Photo

Claude Renault
Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo78

Massimo Camocardi79

Beautiful Street Photo80

Adriana81
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Beautiful Street Photo82

Claude Renault
Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo83

Richard Ford9084
Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo85

Stefan Nielsen86
Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo87

Umberto Verdoliva88
Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo89

Richard Ford9084
Beijing, China, but it could be everywhere.

Beautiful Street Photo91

Jimmy Dovholt92
Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo93

Mario Jean94
San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo95

Moses Stell96
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo97

Nino Cannizzaro98
Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo99

Giuseppe Squillacioti

Beautiful Street Photo

Last Click Link

Hamed Masoumi100
A photo of Curig and Esther, a beautiful Iranian couple.

Beautiful Street Photo101

Resources Link

Famous Street Photographers Link

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson120
    The French photographer who coined the term ‘The decisive moment.’
  • Bruce Gilden121
    American street photographer famous for getting extremely close to his subjects.
  • Martin Parr122
    Quirky and colourful photography from a master documentary photographer.

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

    ilovephotoblogs

    December 14, 2008 6:35 pm

    Wow…what a great collection of street photography/photographers…This is definitely more photography than I can digest at one sitting…a must-have bookmark…I have featured a short post of this wonderful article on my photo blog…thanks again.

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  2. 2

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

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  3. 3

    #10 with the little girl dancing.. good stuff

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    www.galaxyspectrum.com

    December 14, 2008 3:03 pm

    The collection is so real – you can FEEL them inside

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  6. 6

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

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  7. 7

    Lawrence Anderson

    December 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    Awesome post. Really inspiring.

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  8. 8

    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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  9. 9

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

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  10. 10

    Nice collection of inspirational street photography.

    DKumar
    http://www.instantshift.com

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  11. 11

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

    Great post!

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  12. 12

    Love this post! Thanks :)

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  14. 14

    great photos! thank u for sharing!

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  15. 15

    This is a great collection. They are all wonderful in their own journalistic sense; Photographs that encapsulate moments of purity, a snap of time as if the camera wasn’t even there.

    A few of my own photographs (Feel free to add me as a contact)

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  16. 16

    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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  17. 17

    Nice collection. Love the picture of Moses Stell.

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  18. 18

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

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  19. 19

    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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  20. 20

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

    Jaden

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  21. 21

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

    D.C. Street Series

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  22. 22

    #10 Zwarte piet :D Dancing fantastic

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  23. 23

    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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  24. 24

    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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  25. 25

    Should’ve been 40.

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  26. 26

    Bonjour, j’aime bien la photo du caricaturiste … Les autres sont biens mais celle-ci est ma préférée !

    Hello, I like the photo of the cartoonist … The others are property, but it is my favorite!

    skatepark montbriz

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  27. 27

    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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  28. 28

    “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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  29. 29

    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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  30. 30

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

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  31. 31

    oh nice pic`s

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  32. 32

    some of these are kinda “blah”

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  33. 33

    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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  34. 34

    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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  35. 35

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

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  36. 36

    Great post thanks! Here is a load more from another guy i found on flickr. Some of them are simply great! Tony Littlejohns on Flickr

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  37. 37

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

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  38. 38

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

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  39. 39

    These photos are truly amazing and I think the best part about them is the moments they capture, you really feel like you are there.

    After my fiance proposed to me with a gorgeous diamond engagement ring from http://www.idonowidont.com we are looking for a photographer who can get natural moments photographed, where its just us just being us, not formal.

    We would totally love to find someone who can take the knowledge of capturing street photography and translating them to our engagement photos!

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  40. 40

    nice pict’s :)
    love it all…

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