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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 Autio
Lisbon, Portugal.

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Beautiful Street Photo

Nils Jorgensen

Beautiful Street Photo

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.

Beautiful Street Photo

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 Link

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

Beautiful Street Photo

Resources Link

Famous Street Photographers Link

  • 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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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

    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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    #10 with the little girl dancing.. good stuff

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

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    www.galaxyspectrum.com

    December 14, 2008 3:03 pm

    The collection is so real – you can FEEL them inside

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

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    Lawrence Anderson

    December 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    Awesome post. Really inspiring.

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

    Great post!

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    Love this post! Thanks :)

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    great photos! thank u for sharing!

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    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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    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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    Nice collection. Love the picture of Moses Stell.

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

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

    Jaden

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

    D.C. Street Series

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    #10 Zwarte piet :D Dancing fantastic

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    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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    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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    Should’ve been 40.

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

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