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Street Photography is… street photography does.

Nick Turpin, of In-Public fame (and, as I once saw him described, ‘the Simon Cowell of modern street photography’) has an interesting crowd-sourced project/experiment/gallery on the go.  Called ‘The Best Street Photograph Ever’, it allows the upload and rating of street photographs, and the highly rated ones bubble to the top.

Gare de Saint Lazare

#1 at the time of writing: Henri Cartier-Bresson – Gare de Saint Lazare, 1932

Already included are classic shots from a bunch of ‘only surname required’ greats: Cartier-Bresson, Frank, Erwitt, Levitt, Winogrand, Friedlander, Koudelka, Meyerowitz, Doisneau, Riboud, Parke, Ray-Jones, Kalvar, Richards, Parr. Also making a strong showing are some shots from some more recent practioners: Matt Stuart, Jeff Mermelstein, Stephen McLaren, David Gibson.

This is far from the best way to experience these photographs, but it’s an incredibly concentrated dose of the best the genre has to offer, and may offer a introduction to new photographers for those new to the medium.  If it was an album, it would be The Best of The Beatles. No, it would be The Best Rock Album in the World….Ever. The one fault I see with the system is it displays all photos in landscape format, and is cropping portrait orientation images.  Additionally, I’d like to see up to 50 or 60 images in a single ordered grid rather than be confined to a single column. Those caveats aside, the system works well.

This is very timely for me, as I’m working on a post, ‘Why “Street” Photography’ which aims to dissect the genre (if you believe it is one) and define what is meant by the term.  Nick’s experiment has proven that the only way to really explain it is by showing examples of it.  Like pornography, you know it when you see it.

I firmly, strongly, imploringly suggest you check it out…


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