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Street Photography - A Brief History

  1. 1. Street Photography a brief history
  2. 2. “ Street photographs have an imaginative life all their own, one that seems sometimes quite independent of whatever intentions the photographer might have had…” From Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz
  3. 3. Edgar Degas Place de la Concorde 1875
  4. 4. Charles Marville Rue Tirechappe Negatibe about 1860
  5. 5. Eugene Atget Rag picker 1899-1900
  6. 6. "The charm of Atget lies not in the mastery of the plates and papers of his time, nor in the quaintness of costume, architecture and humanity as revealed in his pictures, but in his equitable and intimate point of view. . . . His work is a simple revelation of the simplest aspects of his environment. There is no superimposed symbolic motive, no tortured application of design, no intellectual axe to grind. The Atget prints are direct and emotionally clean records of a rare and subtle perception, and represent perhaps the earliest expression of true photographic art." Ansel Adams
  7. 7. Eugene Atget Rue du Maure c. 1908
  8. 8. Eugene Atget 91, rue de Turenne 1911
  9. 9. Edward Steichen The Flatiron 1905
  10. 10. Karl Struss Columbus Day Parade c. 1912
  11. 11. Jacques-Henri Lartigue Avenue du Bois de Boulogne, Paris 1911
  12. 12. Jacques-Henri Lartigue Car Trip, Papa at 80 kilometres an hour 1913
  13. 13. Andre Kertesz Montmartre 1927
  14. 14. Andre Kertesz Meudon, Paris 1928
  15. 15. Alexander Rodchenko Gathering for the demonstration in the courtyard of the VChUTEMAS (Higher Institute of Technics and Art) 1928
  16. 16. Walker Evans City Lunch Counter 1929
  17. 17. Walker Evans Girl in Fulton Street New York, 1929
  18. 18. Walker Evans Parked Car, Small Town, Main Street, 1932 Ossining, New York
  19. 19. Brassai (Gyula Halasz) Open Gutter From "Paris by Night" 1933
  20. 20. Berenice Abbott Bread Store, 259 Bleecker Street c. 1935-39
  21. 21. Berenice Abbott El at Columbus Avenue and Broadway c. 1935-39
  22. 22. Bill Brandt Window in Osborn Street 1931-35
  23. 23. Bill Brandt East End girl, doing the Lambeth Walk c. 1936
  24. 24. Henri Cartier-Bresson (Alicante), Spain 1932
  25. 25. Henri Cartier-Bresson Hyères, France 1932
  26. 26. Brassai La Mort n.d.
  27. 27. Helen Levitt New York c. 1940
  28. 28. Helen Levitt New York c. 1942
  29. 29. Helen Levitt Untitled c. 1942
  30. 30. Robert Doisneau Sunday morning in Arcueil 1945
  31. 31. Robert Doisneau Sidelong glance 1948
  32. 32. Harry Callahan Detroit 1943
  33. 33. Lisette Model Running Legs 1940-41
  34. 34. Weegee (Arthur Fellig) Murder in Hell's Kitchen n.d.
  35. 35. Louis Faurer New York, Union Square Through Window, 1948
  36. 36. Louis Faurer Accident, New York City, 1950
  37. 37. Louis Faurer Man with Goggles and Sign, New York, 1947
  38. 38. Aaron Siskind St. Louis 9 1953
  39. 39. Aaron Siskind Chicago 206 1953
  40. 40. That crazy feeling in America when the sun is hot on the streets and music comes out of the jukebox or from a nearby funeral, that's what Robert Frank has captured in the tremendous photographs taken as he travelled on the road around practically forty-eight states in an old used car (on Guggenhiem Fellowship) and with the agility, mystery, genius, sadness, and strange secrecy of a shadow photographed scenes that have never been seen before on film. - Jack Kerouac, from his introduction to The Americans
  41. 41. Robert Frank From The Americans 1959
  42. 42. Robert Frank From The Americans 1959
  43. 43. "Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive, nice, with that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world.“ Jack Kerouac
  44. 44. William Klein Broadway and 103rd Street New York 1954-55
  45. 45. William Klein Contact sheet
  46. 46. Roy DeCarava Man with portfolio 1959
  47. 47. Diane Arbus Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962
  48. 48. Garry Winogrand Los Angeles 1964
  49. 49. Garry Winogrand American Legion Convention, Dallas, Texas 1964
  50. 50. Winogrand 's work synthesizes the documentary and photojournalist traditions. Influenced by Robert Frank's The Americans, he employed a wide angle lens on a handheld camera, and shot from an intimate distance. This enabled him to incorporate more of his subjects, and gave his images an unfamiliar, compositional complexity. He took shots, he said, "to see how things would look as photographs". The medium of still photography he described as "the illusion of a literal description of how a camera saw a piece of time and space". In many ways these works are social satires of American life. They dramatise the broad canvas of American society, with its diverse classes, creeds and races jostling on the street. The formal turbulence of his images with their dynamic tilted viewpoints, their grainy immediacy, their frenetic crowds and their temporarily isolated strangers, matches the political turbulence of the Vietnam years and provides a defining portrait of a society caught unawares.
  51. 51. Lee Friedlander New York 1963
  52. 52. Lee Friedlander Lafayette, Louisiana 1968
  53. 53. Ray Metzker Composites: Philadelphia (Apertures) 1965                                                                                                                                                                              Composites: Philadelphia (Apertures) Ray K. Metzker
  54. 54. Joel Meyerowitz New York City 1975
  55. 55. Joel Meyerowitz New York City 1976
  56. 56. John Harding Untitled 1983-4
  57. 58. For months I followed strangers on the street. For the pleasure of following them, not because they particularly interested me. I photographed them without their knowledge, took note of their movements, then finally lost sight of them and forgot them. At the end of January 1980, on the streets of Paris, I followed a man whom I lost sight of a few minutes later in the crowd. That very evening, quite by chance, he was introduced to me at an opening. During the course of our conversation, he told me he was planning an imminent trip to Paris. Sophie Calle
  58. 59. Sophie Calle from Suite Venitienne 1983
  59. 60. William Eggleston Miami 1980s
  60. 61. Alex Webb Port au Prince, November 1987. Killed by the army
  61. 62. Alex Webb Port au Prince 1987. from Under a Grudging Sun
  62. 63. Dolores Marat Dans le métro à Auber 1988
  63. 64. Dolores Marat Le Joueur d’acordéon 1994
  64. 65. Dolores Marat L’Homme dans la nuit 1994
  65. 66. Gillian Wearing Gillian Wearing Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say, 1992-1993
  66. 67. Gillian Wearing Homage to the Woman the Bandaged Face Who I Saw Yesterday Down Walworth Road 1995
  67. 68. Erwin Wurm One minute sculptures, Self-service series 1999.
  68. 69. Philip-Lorca diCorcia Eddie Anderson; 21 years old; Houston, Texas; $20 1990
  69. 70. Philip-Lorca diCorcia Head #13 2000/1