Category Archives: Street Photographers

Meeting Manuel Sanchis

Manu is a street photographer based on Castellón, a small mediterranean city where I also live. It was the end of 2012 when I met him on Valencia for the first time.  We two knew each other’s work through Flickr and in a few hours we became mates. Two months later we start Castellón Street Photography (also on Flickr) as a collaborative project and our first exhibition take place on march  2013. His mobile street photography helped me understand how the tool does not make the photographer. Sanxo has a unique and unobstrusive  way of taking pictures of strangers creating an homogeneous, simple and effective body of work.
“My best shot is yet to come.”
Manuel Sanchis (Sanxo)

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What is for you street photography?

For me, get into the everyday urban life becomes extraordinary. Is a way to show people that what happens before our eyes is really interesting and at the same time unnoticed.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

My first interest in street photography woke up on a trip to Japan. As a country with a totally different culture to mine I focused on photographing his people through the streets. Soon I met Greg Schimgel’s work on flickr. He is one of the pioneers of mobile street photography and thereafter, this discipline was part of my life.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I think my best shot is yet to come.

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Any advice?

Shot, shot, shot.

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A book.

The Last Resort by Martin Parr.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

The two groups that you manage are great (Street Photography Monochrome and Street Photography Color). The Spanish group “Fotografía en cuarentena” and the collective “Calle 35

And mention Greg Schimgel again, thanks to the inspiration I found in his work I am doing this short interview.

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Sanxo, a gallery on Flickr.

Meeting Toni F. Mestres

Toni is a street photographer I have met on Flickr.  His way of showing Barcelona is simply marvellous.  I have been following Toni’s work for about two years and each time I see one of his pictures I recognise his personal impromptu.

“Shoot as you feel. Shoot a lot. Eveyday if possible.”

Toni F. Mestres

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What is for you street photography?

For me street photography is more a style than a genre. That’s how I see it. Beyond the mere genre, it is a different way of taking pictures, more instinctive and passional, where the author’s vision is above any other technical aspect. The genre is really wide and I must admit that there are slants of street photography which I find boring and they don’t say anything to me. Not all the pictures taken on the street can be regarded as street photos. I reckon that the terms goes beyond it.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

I have been continuously snapping for three years. I believe I started taking pictures on streets for the sake of taking photos. I didn’t plan anything and still don’t do it. I go out the street and take pictures, as simple as that. This is exactly what I like about street photography, its simplicity, it lacks tricks, it is photography in its pure essence, without rules; the only rules are the ones you decide.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I couldn’t tell, but I’m sure I haven’t taken it yet and doubt whether I’ll manage someday. I like some of my pictures and a whole lot that I don’t. Each photo has its value depending on what my purpose was before taking it. If I was in search for some particular thing and I end up taking another one that will always be a bad picture, regardless how much other people like it. But what I like the most is the meaning each picture has in its whole, and not the single traits.

Any advice?

Shoot as you feel. Shoot a lot. Eveyday if possible.

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A book.

Any of the series RECORD by DAIDO MORIYAMA, or SUBWAY LOVE by Nobuyoshi Araki.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

In flickr we can find many of the ones that for me are currently among the best street photographers. Some of them are: Lee Thatcher, Still**Life, Alex Coghe, John Hornbeck, Philippe Lelièvre and Izabela Nowak. And I could go on.

As for groups, I would name Provoke and Street Photography Exhibition.

I would also like to include yours, Street Photography Monochrome, I’m not buttering you up, you choose good pictures.

The problem with many groups in flickr is that they are identical; they upload the same pictures and they seem to copy one another, and that leads to boredom. The best ones are those which have been filtered and uploaded following a specific criteria.

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Meeting Ania Vouloudi

Ania Vouloudi is a photographer I have met on Flickr. She has a unique way of seeing the world and a beautiful sense of capturing the essence of everyday moments.

“I care for the feelings that a photo can cause, I care for the visual result not for the description of it in words.”

Ania Vouloudi

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What is for you street photography?

Literate depictions of an in fashion term. Streets, asphalt, sidewalks, squares and parks. But “street” doesn’t mean that you have to be in the streets. It’s about being plain, pure, vague and candid.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

I was attracted from the beginning to the unexpected subjects and results.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I chose this.

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bed, folklore, love, modern times, bulgaria. It might not be the best and not even my favorite but I picked it effortlessly.

Any advice?

Eat well, get enough sleep

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A book.

Encima del subsuelo – Kostas Vrachnos

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

dirtyharrry (Charalampos Kydonakis). His work is avant-garde in a time when everything seems to have happened before.

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Ania Vouloudi, a gallery on Flickr.

Meeting Lukas Vasilikos

Lukas Vasilikos is a Greek photographer who creates great stories full of dynamism and emotions.
“I like to communicate with people and use them as actors, playing a performance just for me.”

Lukas Vasilikos

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What is for you street photography?

Street photography makes me feel free to find and catch the right moment.

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When did you start taking street pictures and why?

I started in 2007 after a trip to Barcelona, Spain. I don’t know why i started. I guess because I wanted to imitate Classic photographers.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

I cannot chose one single good photo of mine. I don’t even believe that one single photo can stand as a photo of value on its own. I think that a good photo needs a relevant framework, needs to be part of a project, part of a banch of images in order to create this kind of communication between the photographer and the viewer that I wish to achieve.

I almost agree with you. Let me show you two of your pictures that do stand as its own. Could you talk about them?

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This photo is taken in a ship, traveling from Athens to Heraklion, Crete. What I first saw was the young woman. The window creates an excellent frame. The beautiful woman staring at the sea could be a photo by itself. But what excites me more in photography is the creation of interesting stories. So I chose to tell a story about these three people, an elderly couple and a young woman. The contrast is between the dreamy environment of the exterior and the realistic, down to earth environment of the interior. His woman is sleeping but it seems like the man is having an exciting dream. Some details such as the binoculars and the Exit sign give a more dramatic tone to the shot.

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I believe that this photo doesn’t need explanation.

Any advice?

Shoot every single day.

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A book.

“Half Life” by Ackerman, “Last Resort” by Martin Parr, all published works by Anders Petersen and “Uncommon Places” by Stephen Shore.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

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Lukas Vasilikos, a gallery on Flickr.

Meeting Larry Hallegua

Larry Hallegua is a great photographer I have met on Flickr. He shows us his surrounding world from an extraordinary humorous point of view.

“it could be quirky, very funny, fun or mildly surreal”

Larry H.

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What is for you street photography?

Taking my camera most places that I go, looking (sometimes hunting) for opportunities, being able to spot something extraordinary in everyday living, rarely without people, something interesting taking shape and pleasingly filling the frame of my camera’s viewfinder, it could be quirky, very funny, fun or mildly surreal, anticipating or noticing it is half the battle, capturing it in a pleasing manner, technically and aesthetically within the given moment is the other half.

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Waterloo East – Limited Mobility Access Point

When did you start taking street pictures and why?

I properly started towards the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. I began after receiving a big glossy Henri Cartier Bresson photobook simply titled “Photographer” as a leaving present from one of my jobs. I’d got into general photography using a manual minolta x11 in 2003 but hadn’t delved into street, until I properly sat down and studied this man’s body of work. It inspired me no end. At the time I had a canon 30d which I sold and purchased a Fuji x100 in order to give me the confidence of shooting up close, the smaller, lighter camera was a big help, and so my training seriously started.

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For you, what is your best shot. Can you explain how you got it?

This is a hard choice, but one of my favourite shots is “ A Light Being” which was hanging in Urban Picnic’s gallery in the UK, during May this year, I was one of 30 finalists in Urban Picnic’s International Street Photography Competition.

It was shot on a cold evening in London’s Upper Street near Angel tube station. I spotted a big guy “marching” down upper street wearing a very big orange coloured furry coat (no doubt to keep warm in). I followed the character for about 1 minute trying to find the right time to shoot. As he entered a shopping mall and went on the escalator heading toward the cinema section, I knew my chance was coming. Using the Fuji’s in built flash I snapped him from behind just as he got to the top of the escalator, and his head was at the right angle, disappearing from the shot, replaced by a light conveniently hanging above him. In the background was a wall that matched the orange colour of the coat as well as a poster of a film with a girl and a light above her head. The flash lit him up nicely and at the same time showed his right and left reflection on the glass sides of the escalator.

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Larry Hallegua’s Favorites, a gallery on Flickr.

Any advice?

  1. Get a camera
  2. Look at some good examples of street to get you going (Henri Cartier Bresson, Martin Parr, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Gilden, Lee Friedlander, Vivian Maier, Alex Webb, Jun Abe, etc… as well as lots of amazing street photographers on flickr)
  3. Do not wait to be inspired, go out there and start shooting
  4. Shoot, shoot and then shoot some more
  5. Be confident and don’t be afraid. I shoot normally within a few metres of my subject or even closer. The more you do it, the more it will start to become very natural.
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A book.

My first photobook, Photographer – Henri Cartier Bresson, as already mentioned, it opened the door for me and got me into the world of street photography.

Would you recommend a photographer or group to whom we should follow?

There are a lot of groups in flickr that are well worth following. Firstly, SPNC – One of the groups that inspired me in the beginning of my journey into street photography, and continues to motivate me as well as help me form a network with other like-minded street photographers, some of which have become very good friends. Other relevant groups are HCSP, – Me, Myself and I –, Shot Eat Shot, Small Growers Street Association, You are not a dinosaur, To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, iCyou …… to name just a few!

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