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The Beauty Of Street Photography

We celebrate 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.

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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag:

60 Incredible Street Photos

Nils Jorgensen

street photography classic

Beautiful Street Photo

Egill Ibsen Madrid, Spain.

Beautiful Street Photo

PeeT NeeT

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

velco

Beautiful Street Photo

tbaur

Beautiful Street Photo

Trent Parke

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

irq506

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

MisterKey

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Paulete Matos

Beautiful Street Photo

Craig Martin Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Beautiful Street Photo

FrizzText

Beautiful Street Photo

Blake Andrews

Beautiful Street Photo

Mario Mitsis

Beautiful Street Photo

an untrained eye

Beautiful Street Photo

Randy Cummings

Beautiful Street Photo

pennyred*

Beautiful Street Photo

Gianmaria

Beautiful Street Photo

Markus Hartel

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Jim O’Connell

Beautiful Street Photo

Jesse Marlow

Beautiful Street Photo

Andy Morley-Hall

Beautiful Street Photo

P. Costa

Beautiful Street Photo

Ransom Riggs Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo

Sion Fullana

Beautiful Street Photo

Könrad

Beautiful Street Photo

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 Choiniere

Beautiful Street Photo

~ fernando

Beautiful Street Photo

Claude Renault Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo

Massimo Camocardi

Beautiful Street Photo

Adriana Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Claude Renault Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo

Richard Ford Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo

Stefan Nielsen Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo

Umberto Verdoliva Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo

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

Beautiful Street Photo

Jimmy Dovholt Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo

Mario Jean San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo

Moses Stell Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo

Nino Cannizzaro Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo

Giuseppe Squillacioti

Beautiful Street Photo

Last Click

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

Beautiful Street Photo

Resources

Famous Street Photographers

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

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