Street Photography Around The World

 

india_tamil_nadu_madurai_meenakshi_temple_ladder

Madurai, India, 2005.

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Madurai, India, 2005.

india_mamallapuram_mahabalipuram_camera_photographer_street_photography_humour_moment

Mahabalipuram, India, 2006.

pakistan_punjab_lahore_toilet_wc_street_photography_decisive_moment

Lahore, Pakistan, 2006.

africa_malawi_Nhkata_Bay_daily_life_street_photography

Nkhata Bay, Malawi, 2007

india_varanasi_fishing_nets_ghat_street_photography_decisive_moment

Varanasi, India, 2007.

india_mumbai_taxi_driver_street_photography

Mumbai, India, 2007.

Hong Kong, China, 2007.
yemen_aden_beach_cigarette_smoking_street_photography

Aden, Yemen, 2007.

bangladesh_Chittagong_street_people_slum_daily_life

Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2008

new_york_nyc_wall_street_financial_district_crisis_street_photography_bankruptcy

New York City, USA

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Chefchaouen, Morocco, 2009.

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Essaouira, Morocco, 2009.

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Solo, Indonesia, 2009.

india_sonepur_mela_coca_cola_fair_event_color_street_photography

Sonepur Mela, India, 2010.

india_bihar_patna_street_photography_moment

Patna, India, 2010.

tunisia_kairouan_medina_street_photography_decisive_moment

Kairouan, Tunisia, 2011.

india_sonepur_mela_model_poster_woman_street_photography

Sonepur Mela, India, 2011.

india_patna_advertising_urinating_toilet_wc

Patna, India, 2011.

india_2011_kolkata_hooghly_river_bathing_city_water_morning_bath_street_photography

Kolkata, India, 2011.

india_varanasi_2011_sleeping_dog_bicycle_bike_pedal_street_photography

Varanasi, India, 2011.

india_gujarat_dwarka_jump_moment_wall_street_photography

Dwarka, India, 2012.

india_diu_dog_yawning_city_moment_street_photography

Diu, India, 2012.

myanmar_Yangon_Bogyoke_Aung_San_Market_shop_street_photography

Yangon, Myanmar, 2012.

myanmar_burma_Yangon_street_car_mirror_street_photography_geometry

Yangon, Myanmar, 2012.

india_mumbai_marina_drive_street_photography_morning_yoga_activity_people

Mumbai, India, 2012.

india_varanasi_street_photography_moment_jump_ganges_river_buffaloes

Varanasi, India, 2012.

india_sonepur_mela_circus_people_fair_street_photography_sonpur

Sonepur Mela, India, 2012.

bangladesh_chittagong_street_mirrors_glass_reflection

Chittagong, Bangladesh, 2013.

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Rajshahi, Bangladesh, 2013.

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Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.

turkey_istanbul_fatih_man_umbrella_cat_cigarette

Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.

turkey_istanbul_fatih_unkapani_street_photography_children

Istanbul, Turkey, 2013.

india_mumbai_ashok_nagar_old_woman_goat_animal

Mumbai, India, 2013.

india_mumbai_bombay_marine_drive_nariman_point_morning_exercises_yoga_prayer_activity_sport_street_photography

Mumbai, India, 2013.

india_mumbai_nariman_point_marine_drive_promenade_dog_animal_exercising_activity_street_photography

Mumbai, India, 2013.

india_orissa_odisha_puri_beach_fishermen_fishing_boats_work

Puri, India, 2013.

india_west_bengal_kolkata_calcutta_color_street_photography_urban_mirror_work_working

Kolkata, India, 2013.

india_mumbai_bandra_street_market_vendor_street_photography

Mumbai, India, 2013.

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Bangkok, Thailand, 2014.

thailand_bangkok_banglamphu_khaosan_khao_san_road_night_nightlife_restaurant_tourists_bill_street_photography

Bangkok, Thailand, 2014.

india_uttar_pradesh_varanasi_ganges_ganga_animals_goats

Varanasi, India, 2014.

myanmar_burma_yangon_street_food_stall_restaurant_people_daily_life

Yangon, Myanmar, 2015.

myanmar_burma_yangon_portrait_smile_smiling

Yangon, Myanmar, 2015.

india_maharashtra_kamshet_city_market_vegetable_seller

Kamshet, India, 2015.

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Tokyo, Japan, 2015.

turkey_istanbul_pavement_banana_street

Istanbul, Turkey, 2015.

india_Kolkata_color_street_photography_city_colour

Kolkata, India, 2015.

color_street_photography_india_varanasi_meat_market_butcher_daily_life_knife

Varanasi, India, 2015.

india_varanasi_ghat_old_woman_street_photography_decisive_moment

Varanasi, India, 2015.

india_bihar_sonpur_sonepur_mela_vegetables_potatoes_seller_feet

Sonepur Mela, India, 2015.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2016.

A man walks with a ladder at Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, India. thumbnail
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An Indian tourist photographs with his camera pointed at himself thumbnail
A man carries a toilet on his head in Lahore, Pakistan. thumbnail
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Fishermen - Varanasi, India. thumbnail
A taxi ride in Mumbai, India. thumbnail
Street scene in Central District in Hong Kong, China. thumbnail
A man buried in the sand on the beach in Aden, Yemen. thumbnail
A girl in a window of her house in a slum in Chittagong, Banglad thumbnail
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street scene from Chefchaouen, Morocco thumbnail
The promenade in Essaouira, Morocco thumbnail
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A man seen thhrough a hole in the wall in Patna, India. thumbnail
A scene from the medina in Kairouan, Tunisia. thumbnail
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A man uriantes in public in front of advertising posters in Patn thumbnail
Morning bathing at the Mallick Ghat on Hooghly River in Kolkata, thumbnail
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A man jumps over a hole in the wall enclosing a small water tank thumbnail
A dog yawns on a bench on the sea coast in Diu, India. thumbnail
Bogyoke Aung San Market, Yangon, Myanmar. thumbnail
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Morning exercises on Marina Drive in Mumbai, India. thumbnail
Cows on the bank of Ganges river in Varanasi, India. thumbnail
Circus at Sonepur Mela in India. thumbnail
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A man with a ladder at the river promenade in Rajshahi, Banglade thumbnail
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Children play in Unkapani area in Istanbul, Turkey. thumbnail
A woman and goat in the lane of Ashok Nagar in Mumbai, India. thumbnail
Morning exercises on the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Mum thumbnail
Morning exercises on the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Mum thumbnail
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india_mumbai_bandra_street_market_vendor_street_photography thumbnail
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Khao San Road, Bangkok thumbnail
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myanmar_burma_yangon_street_food_stall_restaurant_people_daily_life thumbnail
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india_maharashtra_kamshet_city_market_vegetable_seller thumbnail
Man with cats in Tokyo thumbnail
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india_varanasi_ghat_old_woman_street_photography_decisive_moment thumbnail
A vegetable seller at Sonepur Mela, India thumbnail
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Street photography around the world by Maciej Dakowicz.

The photos are ordered chronologically – from the first 2004 attempts up to the newest from 2016. Quite a few taken while out shooting with participants of my photography workshops.
 
What is street photography?
 
Most people say that street photography features people photographed public places in candid, un-posed situations. In my opinion this definition is too broad as it includes portraiture, travel or editorial photography, which might have nothing to do with the genre. Thus, the definition can be refined easily to define proper street photography by adding just one word – “a twist”. A little twist – something clever, funny, unexpected, surprising or ambiguous. Something making you scratch your head, putting a smile on your face or making you say “nice”. And of course the photo does not have to be taken in the street – it can be shot indoors, on the beach or in the forest, at any place where photographers can take candid shots. But what matters is that little “twist” making the photo work on a different level.
 
Unfortunately, these photos with a twist do not come often. So I don’t call myself a street photographer, I am just a photographer who sometimes manages to take a street photograph.
 
What are the key elements of a good single photograph? In my opinion it is the content, composition and light.
The content is most important. Sometimes a not perfectly composed and lit photograph still can be good, what matters is the message it conveys. Moments! Emotions! They matter. The decisive moment is one of the key concepts of the genre. It is this once in a lifetime opportunity. If it is gone, it will never happen again. It is a sort of apogee, the exact moment when something happens. The timing is crucial. An echoeing is another concept – putting visually similar elements in the frame. A circle here and there, a similar pattern on the wall and somebody’s shirt, a laughing person standing next to a poster with a smiling face – these similarities can produce entertaining images. Juxtapositons are slightly different – here we are looking for contrasting elements. So, a not-so-slim woman with an ice-cream standing next to a poster saying “stay fit”, a well dressed man walking past a poorly dressed one, a hairy guy and a bold one – these differences in the frame make the shot interesting. Ambiguity, or a mystery is another concept. Here we are talking about pictures that provoke questions rather than answering them. Each viewer can interpret the image in a different way. Sometimes situations are ambiguous just like that, but often isolating fragments of the scene from the whole context can create a mystery.
Composition is the way elements are placed in the frame, how they relate to each other. It greatly depends on the distance from the subject – usually the closer you get the more dynamic perspectives you achieve and you get that sense of being there, right in the middle of things. Then it is all about where the camera is positioned and when the shutter is released. Where and when. Here we often deal with geometry – using lines, curves and shapes while composing the image. Lines or curves leading to the subjects, shapes enclosing them. Here we can also talk about the depth of the composition and distinguish different layers consisting of the foreground, middle distance and background elements. Complex multi-layered photographs with multiple subjects are very interesting to look at, but due to their complexity they are rather appreciated by the photography crowd and not fully understood by the rest. You need to remember that simple is good. A simple, clean photograph with a strong content will most of the time have a bigger impact on the viewer than a complex, multi-layered compositional masterpiece.
Light is what illuminates the scene. It can be natural – coming from the Sun directly (giving us shadows) or diffused through the clouds. Can also be artificial – coming from a bulb in the ceiling or from a flashgun on top of the camera. A bad light or inappropriate handling of it can ruin the shot, while a good light can make it very special. Once you understand the light and learn how to handle it your pictures will be so much better.
 
When these three elements come together nicely in one frame you most probably have a great photo. Well done.
 
 
 
Here are some of my favourite quotes that apply to street photography:
 
“If your photos aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough.” – Robert Capa
 
“I want people to keep looking, not just move on to the next thing.” – Richard Kalvar
 
“The difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture is a question of millimeters — small, small differences — but it’s essential. I didn’t think there is such a big difference between photographers. Very little difference. But it is that little difference that counts, maybe.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
 
“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.”…”Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
 
“Photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking the photo as a judgment that the photograph is good” – Garry Winogrand
 
“There is one problem for me if I try to shoot in the West. There’s an element of privacy . . . even on the street. You can’t go up to someone and put your camera in his or her face. You can sneak a photograph, but you can’t, you can’t intrude on the person.” ”Now, in India, you can do it all the time. No one minds. [And] every Indian person thinks of the photograph – the camera – as something before which he poses. So you might have shot several rolls of someone, you know, but that person… will not think that you have taken a photograph until he’s struck a pose.“ – Raghubir Singh