Fred Stein

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Marc Riboud, Robert Doisneau and Fred Stein. Not heard of the last one? That’s a shame because like his more famous counterparts, has taken some charming images of the eternal city, Paris that deserve to be better known. Born in Dresden  in 1909 he was one of the early pioneers of the hand-held …

American Colour

  Tony Ray Jones is a photographer famous for his black and white work. Yet like many great practioneers he was also not bad at color either. His work from 1962-65 has been collected in the book ’American Color’. The shots are mainly taken in New York and remind me of Saul Leiter’s early color …

The New Yorkers According to Robert Herman

Since the late seventies Robert Herman has been taking pictures of New York and its inhabitants. He uses Kodachrome which gives the pictures, some of which are taken as late as 2005, an old school cool and vibrancy. Like a lot of street photographers Herman talks of how taking pictures helps him bond with his …

Sergio Larrain

Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain is one of those artists who is perhaps not as well-known as he should be. His black and white images taken while working for the Magnum photo agency in the 1950’s are beautifully composed and full of love for his subjects. Personally, I feel his best images are those of of …

Troubled City

A couple of years back I had to travel to Detroit on business. As we drove through the city streets one of my companions pointed to a large tower block on the horizon. ‘There are 40 floors in that building. Guess how many have businesses in them?” The very disturbing answer was one. One lone …

City Spaces

  Clarissa Bonet’s series City Spaces is in her own words ‘an ongoing photographic exploration of the photographic environment and (her) perceptions of it.’ For the series Bonet recreates observed scenes from city life transforming the physical space into a psychological one. The effect is quite moody and cinematic, almost Hitchcock-like in look and feel, …

Heads

The flash photography of Satoki Nagata put me in my mind of the wonderful series ‘Heads’ created by Philip Lorca diCorcia in the early 2000’s. These were created using a powerful strobe light placed on a scaffold in Times Square. diCorcia then activated the strobe using a radio signal and captured his subjects in a …

Lights in Chicago

With so many amazing street photography images taken through the decades it’s hard to do something different with the genre. Satoki Nagata has come up with an arresting method in his series ‘Lights in Chicago’. He uses a remotely controlled, off-camera flash to backlight his subjects, transforming them into powerful ghost-like silhouettes. It’s almost as …

Coney Island Baby

To live in New York in 1940’s is to have been in the right place at the right time. To be holding camera made it even righter. Just take the example of Coney Island native, Harold Feinstein. He started taking photographs at the tender age of 15 in 1946. At 17 he joined the legendary …

Tokyo Limited

  Born in Venice in 1983, Renato D’Agostin is a young photographer I can get behind. His beautiful abstract series of street images from Tokyo really succeed in taking an overly familiar subject and making it seem fresh.     Legendary photographer Ralph Gibson, for whom D’Agostin assisted during his time in New York, puts …