Navigating Urban Chaos With Street Photography

Street photography can be many things: an observation of social or political events or trends and fashion fads; as well as an art form requiring an unobtrusive approach and the ability to capture spontaneous moments that pass us by quickly.

Photographers who have embraced street photography, from legendary figures like Henri Cartier-Bresson to contemporary street photographers like Helen Levitt, have elevated it to new artistic heights through their skill and compassion for humanity. Street photography’s art lies in how it captures real events as they unfold; an intriguing dichotomy between reality and fiction.

Street photography’s appeal lies in its spontaneity and intuitive approach, making it an appealing option for beginner photographers. Street photographers constantly monitor their surroundings in search of that ‘decisive moment’ – that fraction of a second when action, setting and light all come together seamlessly into an incredible image.

Street photography’s spontaneity can also make it controversial; photographers are able to get very close to their subjects, which could cause discomfort or refusal of consent from some individuals. Beginner photographers should therefore adopt a documentary approach by observing their surroundings from afar and maintaining some distance from subjects, building confidence while being stealthier with their approach.