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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.

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 Autio4
Lisbon, Portugal.

Beautiful Street Photo5

Beautiful Street Photo6

Beautiful Street Photo7

Beautiful Street Photo8

Beautiful Street Photo9

Nils Jorgensen10

Beautiful Street Photo11

Beautiful Street Photo12

Egill Ibsen
Madrid, Spain.

Beautiful Street Photo13

PeeT NeeT14

Beautiful Street Photo15

Beautiful Street Photo16

velco17

Beautiful Street Photo18

tbaur19

Beautiful Street Photo20

Trent Parke21

Beautiful Street Photo22

Beautiful Street Photo23

irq50624

Beautiful Street Photo25

Beautiful Street Photo26

MisterKey27

Beautiful Street Photo28

Beautiful Street Photo29

Beautiful Street Photo30

Beautiful Street Photo31

Paulete Matos32

Beautiful Street Photo33

Craig Martin34
Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Beautiful Street Photo35

FrizzText36

Beautiful Street Photo37

Blake Andrews38

Beautiful Street Photo39

Mario Mitsis40

Beautiful Street Photo41

an untrained eye42

Beautiful Street Photo43

Randy Cummings44

Beautiful Street Photo45

pennyred*46

Beautiful Street Photo47

Gianmaria48

Beautiful Street Photo49

Markus Hartel50

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Jim O’Connell51

Beautiful Street Photo52

Jesse Marlow53

Beautiful Street Photo54

Andy Morley-Hall55

Beautiful Street Photo56

P. Costa57

Beautiful Street Photo58

Ransom Riggs59
Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo60

Sion Fullana61

Beautiful Street Photo62

Könrad63

Beautiful Street Photo64

David Solomons65

Beautiful Street Photo66

Beautiful Street Photo67

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Matt Stuart68

Beautiful Street Photo69

Beautiful Street Photo70

Nick Turpin71

Beautiful Street Photo72

Beautiful Street Photo73

Beautiful Street Photo74

Pierre Choiniere75

Beautiful Street Photo76

~ fernando

Beautiful Street Photo

Claude Renault
Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo77

Massimo Camocardi78

Beautiful Street Photo79

Adriana80
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Beautiful Street Photo81

Claude Renault
Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo82

Richard Ford8983
Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo84

Stefan Nielsen85
Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo86

Umberto Verdoliva87
Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo88

Richard Ford8983
Beijing, China, but it could be everywhere.

Beautiful Street Photo90

Jimmy Dovholt91
Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo92

Mario Jean93
San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo94

Moses Stell95
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo96

Nino Cannizzaro97
Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo98

Giuseppe Squillacioti

Beautiful Street Photo

Last Click Link

Hamed Masoumi99
A photo of Curig and Esther, a beautiful Iranian couple.

Beautiful Street Photo100

Resources Link

Famous Street Photographers Link

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson119
    The French photographer who coined the term ‘The decisive moment.’
  • Bruce Gilden120
    American street photographer famous for getting extremely close to his subjects.
  • Martin Parr121
    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/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  4. 4 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio
  5. 5 http://www.in-public.com/picofthemonth/2004/May
  6. 6 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1292
  7. 7 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1296
  8. 8 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1914
  9. 9 http://www.in-public.com/NarelleAutio/image/1927
  10. 10 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen
  11. 11 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen/image/2439
  12. 12 http://www.in-public.com/NilsJorgensen/image/2451
  13. 13 http://1x.com/photos/street/19764/
  14. 14 http://flickr.com/people/peetneet/
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/1732809323/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/peetneet/3043227253/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/people/velco/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/velco/2966347569/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/people/tbaur/
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/tbaur/2484828105/
  21. 21 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/
  22. 22 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/image/1772
  23. 23 http://www.in-public.com/TrentParke/image/1497
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/devtank/
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/1407996799/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/devtank/2842280388/
  27. 27 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/23/fotograf_pod_nikom_misterkey.html
  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://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/paulete/2109942353/
  34. 34 http://www.craigxmartin.shutterchance.com/
  35. 35 http://1x.com/photos/member/4184/15065/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/frizztext/531646024/
  38. 38 http://www.in-public.com/BlakeAndrews/image/1328
  39. 39 http://www.in-public.com/BlakeAndrews/image/1328
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/sets/72157606358442750/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/streetghost/2799257155/in/set-72157606358442750/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/people/an_untrained_eye/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/an_untrained_eye/1195966967/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/people/bunnhillphoto/
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/bunnhillphoto/2391348446/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/people/pennyred73/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/pennyred73/456925141/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/zanotti/317481159/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/people/zanotti/
  51. 51 http://flickr.com/people/jimoconnell/
  52. 52 http://flickr.com/photos/jimoconnell/382833008/
  53. 53 http://www.in-public.com/JesseMarlow/
  54. 54 http://www.in-public.com/JesseMarlow/image/1086
  55. 55 http://www.in-public.com/AndyMorley-Hall/
  56. 56 http://www.in-public.com/AndyMorley-Hall/image/1574
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/handcuffs/2087879621/
  59. 59 http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  60. 60 http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/people/sionfullana/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/12895988@N07/3027919395/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/people/corradogiulietti/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/corradogiulietti/369215542/
  65. 65 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/
  66. 66 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2297
  67. 67 http://www.in-public.com/DavidSolomons/image/2318
  68. 68 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/
  69. 69 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/image/1255
  70. 70 http://www.in-public.com/MattStuart/image/1634
  71. 71 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/
  72. 72 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1525
  73. 73 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1524
  74. 74 http://www.in-public.com/NickTurpin/image/1540
  75. 75 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  76. 76 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  77. 77 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/1912/
  78. 78 http://www.photokunst.vontin.net/Camocardi%20Massimo/photos%20Massimo%20Camocardi.htm
  79. 79 http://1x.com/photos/member/3836/18632/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/2320116288/in/set-72157606513245788/
  82. 82 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/2357/
  83. 83 http://sinoperture.1x.com/
  84. 84 http://1x.com/photos/street/19733/
  85. 85 http://stefan.1x.com/
  86. 86 http://1x.com/photos/member/3044/7355/
  87. 87 http://www.umbertoverdoliva.it/
  88. 88 http://1x.com/photos/member/7140/15594/
  89. 89 http://sinoperture.1x.com/
  90. 90 http://1x.com/photos/member/7481/19851/
  91. 91 http://www.dovholt.com
  92. 92 http://1x.com/photos/street/19955/
  93. 93
  94. 94
  95. 95
  96. 96
  97. 97
  98. 98 http://1x.com/photos/street/17480/
  99. 99 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  100. 100 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  101. 101 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/street.shtml
  102. 102 http://photo.net/learn/street/intro
  103. 103 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5dipTqJfiE4
  104. 104 http://www.in-public.com/
  105. 105 http://www.rawstreetphotography.com/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/groups/rawstreetphotography/
  107. 107 http://lensimpressions-photography.blogspot.com/2007/07/masters-of-street-photography.html
  108. 108 http://flickr.com/groups/realstreet/
  109. 109 http://flickr.com/groups/97329809@N00/pool/
  110. 110 http://flickr.com/groups/extremestreet/pool/
  111. 111 http://flickr.com/groups/streetorstudio/
  112. 112 http://flickr.com/groups/5fav_street_photography/
  113. 113 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  114. 114 http://flickr.com/groups/wnycstreetshots/pool/
  115. 115 http://flickr.com/groups/hello_stranger/pool/
  116. 116 http://flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/pool/
  117. 117 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  118. 118 http://flickr.com/groups/streetlife/pool/
  119. 119 http://www.magnumphotos.com/HenriCartierBresson
  120. 120 http://www.magnumphotos.com/BruceGilden
  121. 121 http://www.martinparr.com/index1.html
  122. 122 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  123. 123 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/30/50-beautiful-examples-of-reflections-photography/
  124. 124 https://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.

  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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    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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