DOWN THE LENS: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
With it becoming far easier to share images to the rest of the world through social media, street style photography has moved leaps and bounds over the past few years. From the pioneer to the new kid on the block, we take a look at three of our all-time favourite street style photographers:
What the world typically knows as ‘street photography’ began with a gentleman named Bill Cunningham, as he was the first to begin contributing to fashion journalism by snapping images of regular people, and publishing the photos without their permission. Bill’s adoration for his camera and people on the streets of New York became so much his life that in 2012 this was captured in a documentary on the man himself. As designer Oscar de La Renta described, “More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York.”
Moving away from the founder of street style we love the tongue in cheek style of modern street photographer Matt Stewart; a talented Brit who takes a comical and more quirky approach. His ability to find and snap tickling ‘right place, right time’ scenes in everyday life is a true gift and captured our attention immediately.
Lastly meet Mr Harry Watts an artist who breaks the traditional rule of people starring in street photography and instead uses objects he stumbles across as his subjects. In October, in order to distribute his work, Harry is releasing a newsprint ‘FINDS 2’ which will enable him to share his street photography with others. He engages the community by setting the paper in hundreds of locations in the cities of Brighton and London. Those who ‘find’ his creation are encouraged to pass it on, for free. Pushing the boundaries, in more ways than one, as to what the future may hold for street photography and the way it is published.
Find out more about Harry’s project here and if you would like to pick up a copy of FINDS 2 join us on 12th October at our Brighton store event where the newsprint is being launched.