The Most Famous Street Photographers You Should Know

Street photography is a genre of art that captures candid moments in public places, such as streets, parks, parties and other social gatherings. Street photographers typically work independently and take their subjects with available light without the use of studio equipment or flash.

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Street Photography: Capturing Real Life

Street photography is a type of documentary photography that captures people and life as it unfolds. The

Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was the foremost American documentary photographer of her generation. She is noted for recording the plight of starving and destitute farmers during the Great Depression in a series known as “Migrant Mother”. But she also captured a wide spectrum of images, from intimate moments to dramatic photographs of Hollywood stars on film sets. Her work such as “Fissures” was a raw exploration of lesbian culture at that time, showing what was once unseen and unheard about.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer and photojournalist who is regarded as one of the most important contributors to the history of photography. He helped define the genre of street photography, with his candid shots taken in public places without any formal approach of the subjects. His work was instrumental in defining the principles of humanist photography.

Robert Frank

Frank’s most famous work is his 1958 book The Americans, a collaboration with poet and writer Jack Kerouac, which documented a road trip across the United States from New York to South Carolina taken in 1955 by himself, Kerouac and others. The Americans is considered one of the most influential books of all time, with many contemporary photographers acknowledging it as an influence on their work.

Alex Webb

Alex Webb is a photographer known for his street photography in color, who uses shadows and light to create subtle, ambiguous scenes that are often focused upon … Read the rest