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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.

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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 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 Riggs43
Dublin, Ireland.

Beautiful Street Photo44

Sion Fullana45

Beautiful Street Photo46

Könrad47

Beautiful Street Photo48

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 Choiniere49

Beautiful Street Photo50

~ fernando

Beautiful Street Photo

Claude Renault
Patna, India.

Beautiful Street Photo51

Massimo Camocardi52

Beautiful Street Photo53

Adriana54
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Beautiful Street Photo55

Claude Renault
Chennai, India.

Beautiful Street Photo56

Richard Ford
Beijing, China.

Beautiful Street Photo57

Stefan Nielsen58
Venice, Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo59

Umberto Verdoliva60
Italy.

Beautiful Street Photo61

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

Beautiful Street Photo62

Jimmy Dovholt
Stockholm, Sweden.

Beautiful Street Photo63

Mario Jean64
San Francisco, United States.

Beautiful street Photo65

Moses Stell66
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Beautiful street Photo67

Nino Cannizzaro68
Savoca, Sicily.

Beautiful street Photo69

Giuseppe Squillacioti

Beautiful Street Photo

Last Click Link

Hamed Masoumi70
A photo of Curig and Esther, a beautiful Iranian couple.

Beautiful Street Photo71

Resources Link

Famous Street Photographers Link

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson89
    The French photographer who coined the term ‘The decisive moment.’
  • Bruce Gilden90
    American street photographer famous for getting extremely close to his subjects.
  • Martin Parr91
    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://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  44. 44 http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12676
  45. 45 http://flickr.com/people/sionfullana/
  46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/12895988@N07/3027919395/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/people/corradogiulietti/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/corradogiulietti/369215542/
  49. 49 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  50. 50 http://2photo.ru/2008/10/15/maroc_fotograf_pierre_choiniere.html
  51. 51 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/1912/
  52. 52 http://www.photokunst.vontin.net/Camocardi%20Massimo/photos%20Massimo%20Camocardi.htm
  53. 53 http://1x.com/photos/member/3836/18632/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/adri_theedge/2320116288/in/set-72157606513245788/
  56. 56 http://1x.com/photos/member/268/2357/
  57. 57 http://1x.com/photos/street/19733/
  58. 58 http://stefan.1x.com/
  59. 59 http://1x.com/photos/member/3044/7355/
  60. 60 http://www.umbertoverdoliva.it/
  61. 61 http://1x.com/photos/member/7140/15594/
  62. 62 http://1x.com/photos/member/7481/19851/
  63. 63 http://1x.com/photos/street/19955/
  64. 64 http://1x.com/member/9888/mario-jean/
  65. 65 http://1x.com/photos/member/9888/18946/
  66. 66 http://1x.com/member/10864/moses-stell/
  67. 67 http://1x.com/photos/street/19820/
  68. 68 http://www.ninocannizzaro.com/
  69. 69 http://1x.com/photos/street/17480/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2263962161/
  72. 72 http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/street.shtml
  73. 73 http://photo.net/learn/street/intro
  74. 74 http://www.in-public.com/
  75. 75 http://www.rawstreetphotography.com/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/groups/rawstreetphotography/
  77. 77 http://lensimpressions-photography.blogspot.com/2007/07/masters-of-street-photography.html
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/groups/realstreet/
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/groups/97329809@N00/pool/
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/groups/extremestreet/pool/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/groups/streetorstudio/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/groups/5fav_street_photography/
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/groups/wnycstreetshots/pool/
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/groups/hello_stranger/pool/
  86. 86 http://flickr.com/groups/onthestreet/pool/
  87. 87 http://flickr.com/groups/streetnoir/pool/
  88. 88 http://flickr.com/groups/streetlife/pool/
  89. 89 http://www.magnumphotos.com/HenriCartierBresson
  90. 90 http://www.magnumphotos.com/BruceGilden
  91. 91 http://www.martinparr.com/index1.html
  92. 92 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  93. 93 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

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

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  2. 2

    #10 with the little girl dancing.. good stuff

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  3. 3

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

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  4. 4

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

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  5. 5

    Lawrence Anderson

    December 14, 2008 3:35 pm

    Awesome post. Really inspiring.

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  6. 6

    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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  7. 7

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

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  8. 8

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

    Great post!

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  9. 9

    Love this post! Thanks :)

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  10. 10

    great photos! thank u for sharing!

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  11. 11

    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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  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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