10 Legendary Street Photographers You Should Know
Streets of Chrome: 10 Legendary Street Photographers You Should KnowWhen we first launched #streetsofchrome, we wanted to find a way to bring together a community of people we saw out there on the city streets, taking in the world around them and turning it into something more – a record of a time and place, of the people and places that make cities more than just a collection of streets and buildings. This is far from a new impulse. It’s human nature to want to document the things around us. From cave paintings to the rise of Instagram, people have been driven to visually capture their environments and the people in them.
Below are ten of our favorite photographers that we think truly captured the essence and vibrancy of their time in the city streets.
To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.
I have always been a great believer in today. Most people live either in the past or in the future, so that they really never live at all. So many people are busy worrying about the future of art or society, they have no time to preserve what is. Utopia is in the moment. Not in some future time, some other place, but in the here and now, or else it is nowhere.
We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel – you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place.
I use photography in order to capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night.
All of a sudden bands we liked were playing in these smaller venues and I’m like, holy shit, I could touch the person. I’ve got to start taking pictures of this.
You just go for a walk and you talk and then all the sudden a great background comes up. Quick, quick, click, click. I like it easy, cuz I’m lazy.
The photographer pulls the sleeve of the rushed man with a blank stare and shows him the free and permanent show of the street.Born in Serbia during a time of violence and strife in that region, Boogie is no stranger to the dark side of the city. His raw, sometimes bleak style of the underbelly of cities from Belgrade to Brooklyn to Sao Paolo to San Francisco have brought new awareness to often marginalized aspects of society.
I’ve always had a good relationship with people in the margins of society. If you give respect, you get it back. I’m not fearless at all because I care about what happens to me; I don’t think any image is worth dying for. In the streets, your instincts are your best tool. When my instincts tell me it’s gonna get nasty and I need to go, I go.
The crushing force of time is before my eyes, and I myself try to keep pressing the shutter release of the camera.
There is this combination of people on top of people, and the way in which you maneuver on the space on the sidewalk with these giant skyscrapers. A photograph is a moment in time, and that’s an order of sorts. What compels photographers to go into the streets and do this for their whole lives in some cases is that moment of surprise. It’s like opening a present. For me it’s a total adrenaline rush.