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Tuesday, 20 August 2013


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This has the makings for another TOP contest.....or it may encourage "grab-shooting".

If everyone follows this advice, we should get some nice pics of each other.

And please, no more 'serendipitous findings' of billboards & passers-by.

(Heavy sarcasm alert)

Take you camera down the street but don't dare take a picture. Because, as we all know, everyone taking pictures in public must be "terrorists"

The Cartier-Bresson grab shot that's shown is exceptional, but the technician in my head keeps repeating "better in vertical aspect". Question: Did (virtually) all of the "rangefinder era" 135 format street-shooters adhere to horizontal capture? And did the advent of the 35mm SLR serve to change this habit?

[Hi Brian, the answer to your first question is "no, they didn't." May I recommend the book "Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer" from NYGS as a good addition to the core of any photobook library. It is finally out of print but still available used at not too great a penalty. --Mike]

Many thanks to Gill for alerting me to Street Life in London. It's one of the more revelatory books I have come across in recent years, at least as much for the accompanying descriptions and interviews (in the pdf version) as for the wonderful photographs.

I am going to take this moment to plug a video I have no connection with, but which (among other things) nailed Cartier-Bresson so precisely, concisely, and beautifully, it's like a poem.


Watch the whole thing. It is such a wonderful antidote for all the rule of thirds golden everything stuff we photography types have inflicted on us. And he deconstructs several HCB photos so beautifully and informatively.

Although it's off-topic I second Andrew Molitor's recommendation to watch the presentation at B&H Photo given by Adam Marelli. It encapsulates key skill and cognitive elements of design education that most amateur photographers lack and consequentially suffer from.

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