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How Not to Do Street Photography

If you want to do street photography, attacking people with cameras like Fabio Pires does in London probably isn’t the way you should go about doing it — unless you’re trying to give photography a bad name. Does anyone know of any good behind-the-scenes videos of good (and candid) street photography being done in a respectable way?

(via Reddit)


 
  • SteelToad

    Please, somebody, punch him in the face.  When he asks why you did it just say “You weren’t ready, I was ready”

  • Pete

    “Does anyone know of any good behind-the-scenes videos of good (and candid) street photography being done in a respectable way?” Of course! Watch the master (HCB) at work:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqsOYsZlPX4

  • Darren South

    If he put his camera in my face like that I’d knock him the fuck out!! He’s giving photography a bad name!

  • Alan Dove

    I hope he comes to the US to try out his technique here. After getting punched a few times in New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia, he could head down south and get shot. And as others have said, he seems to be taking a lot of risks to get such crappy results.

  • http://www.thefirst10000.com Thefirst10000

    It’s people like this who think that “street” is synonymous with “prick” that give the rest of us a bad name and hard time…

  • http://www.thefirst10000.com Thefirst10000

    It’s people like this who think that “street” is synonymous with “prick” that give the rest of us a bad name and hard time…

  • martindoersch

    A definite “no go” from my side.
    This will bring a bad light to real street photography.

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    Someone took a candid shot of me once. A guy on a bike had is camera on belly-height and just aimed at people why driving by.

  • Anonymous

    He says he believes he is doing what Bruch Gilden does. 

    I feel it is like he is standing above a vent with a skirt blowing around his waist and calling himself Marilyn Monroe. 

  • Anonymous

    He says he believes he is doing what Bruch Gilden does. 

    I feel it is like he is standing above a vent with a skirt blowing around his waist and calling himself Marilyn Monroe. 

  • Meh Men

    Bwahaha…those are ‘unique’ looking people. Wow….I’d hate to see the ‘normal’ looking ones.

    Not sure you can even pull this off stateside without a model release from the subjects. But I’m not so well versed in the laws in that regard.

  • Meh Men

    Bwahaha…those are ‘unique’ looking people. Wow….I’d hate to see the ‘normal’ looking ones.

    Not sure you can even pull this off stateside without a model release from the subjects. But I’m not so well versed in the laws in that regard.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    A reasonable expectation of privacy does not include public places. It only excludes you from photographing people in doctor’s offices, bathrooms, changing stalls, or anywhere someone would normally not be allowed to see. If people are on the street they are fair game for having their photo taken. I’m not defending this guys actions, but they are not illegal, even if it is photographic assult.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    A reasonable expectation of privacy does not include public places. It only excludes you from photographing people in doctor’s offices, bathrooms, changing stalls, or anywhere someone would normally not be allowed to see. If people are on the street they are fair game for having their photo taken. I’m not defending this guys actions, but they are not illegal, even if it is photographic assult.

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    What in the **** is this?

  • http://twitter.com/saviour100 Patrick Kelly

    Oh its “photography”…

  • Ksuwildkat

    Oh he is awesome!!
    So Awesome I am going to click on his website all day
    Cant wait till he gets his bandwidth bill……………….

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    is that not a D70?

  • http://twitter.com/redhavocmedia Nezih Savaskan

    Check out these photography behind the scenes videos that I have produced:

    Art Is The Cure: London Paste-Ups
    http://goo.gl/lROnX

    Battersea Power Station
    http://goo.gl/nMfqm

    More at: http://www.youtube.com/redhavoc85 and http://www.vimeo.com/redhavoc/videos

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    What a jackass. I wouldn’t be surprised if he get seriously beaten. I would punch anybody for scaring me like that behind a phone booth.

    edit- and the photos looks very uninteresting

  • Karen Vaisman

    Mikey and Andy did a whole creative live episode on how to do street photography how to approach strangers and get a model release – see series of videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_luT_uigH0&feature=relmfu

  • Karen Vaisman

    Mikey and Andy did a whole creative live episode on how to do street photography how to approach strangers and get a model release – see series of videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_luT_uigH0&feature=relmfu

  • Karen Vaisman

    Mikey and Andy did a whole creative live episode on how to do street photography how to approach strangers and get a model release – see series of videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_luT_uigH0&feature=relmfu

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

     Street photography =/= street portraiture

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

     Street photography =/= street portraiture

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    What an offensive prick he is.

  • http://twitter.com/malixe malixe

    People keep asking what the difference is between this guy and Bruce Gilden.

    You know, I watched the Bruce Gilden video a while back, and I admired him.  He’s got massive chutzpah. He’s brazen and unapologetic, but he’s not sneaky about what he’s doing. He doesn’t give any warning, but he’s not exactly sneaking up on people either. He walks straight at them with his camera out.  He engages with people, even if it’s just to tell them off.  He may be obnoxious, but there’s a certain amount of charm and humor buried in there and it shows through.

    This guy is just sneaky and creepy.  He hides, he lurks, he jumps out of ambush, he smirks and sneers and then sneaks away again.   And no, his  pictures are nowhere near as interesting as Gilden’s, for all of that.  Personally, I see a BIG difference between the two, and this guy just raises my hackles and buries my creep-meter needle in the red.

  • http://twitter.com/malixe malixe

    People keep asking what the difference is between this guy and Bruce Gilden.

    You know, I watched the Bruce Gilden video a while back, and I admired him.  He’s got massive chutzpah. He’s brazen and unapologetic, but he’s not sneaky about what he’s doing. He doesn’t give any warning, but he’s not exactly sneaking up on people either. He walks straight at them with his camera out.  He engages with people, even if it’s just to tell them off.  He may be obnoxious, but there’s a certain amount of charm and humor buried in there and it shows through.

    This guy is just sneaky and creepy.  He hides, he lurks, he jumps out of ambush, he smirks and sneers and then sneaks away again.   And no, his  pictures are nowhere near as interesting as Gilden’s, for all of that.  Personally, I see a BIG difference between the two, and this guy just raises my hackles and buries my creep-meter needle in the red.

  • Anonymous

    What a joke. This guy abuses people on the street and takes pictures of homeless people to get cliched street portraits. His photographs are mediocre and have no subtlety and message to them.
    If a perfect moment came up to this guy he would probably completely ignore it and harass a tourist instead.

  • Anonymous

    What a joke. This guy abuses people on the street and takes pictures of homeless people to get cliched street portraits. His photographs are mediocre and have no subtlety and message to them.
    If a perfect moment came up to this guy he would probably completely ignore it and harass a tourist instead.

  • Anonymous

    What a joke. This guy abuses people on the street and takes pictures of homeless people to get cliched street portraits. His photographs are mediocre and have no subtlety and message to them.
    If a perfect moment came up to this guy he would probably completely ignore it and harass a tourist instead.

  • http://twitter.com/newendpro David Kelly

    yea i’d definitely kick his ass if i was one of his subjects.  

  • Test

    Karma

  • http://twitter.com/pabloconrad Paul Conrad

    What a tool. He’s rude, obnoxious, and disrespectful.

    He’s no better than some dim-wiited no-talent paparazzo who can’t do any shooting unless it’s on full auto.

    Please, there’s a workshop for this shit. Yes, SHIT.

    He is one of those photographers that give the rest of us that love to do street photography, not just as a profession, but for fun and personal projects, a bad name.

    He’ll piss off the wrong guy someday and find his precious D90 up his ass. Not dissing the camera, just his attitude and demeanor.

    Would it be wrong to call him a douchebag?

  • Matthew Wagg

    Stupid irresposible moron. I see he’s sticking to the more trendy parts of London in his video. If he tried that in the east end he’d get shot. Or try going to Moss side in Manchester and try it. He wouldn’t last two seconds. He get stabbed and his gear stolen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.herbon Andy Herbon

    Here’s a video of New York street photographer, Joseph Wigfall, at work.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-IOEAlBpSo
    His style is very unobtrusive, and from the hip.

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    There’s a whole bunch of these people trying to redefine the meaning of street photography and being anal about anything that’s a bit more conservative (and respectful) than their straight-in-the-face-at-minimal-distance-shooting.

    Being fond of urban motives myself, I always feel a bit of surrogate shame when seeing people misbehaving like this. Jumping into people’s faces from behind hidden corners can easily be misinterpreted as assault by someone, so I really hope these people do not have insurance for these cases and someone manages to shatter expensive equipment or nose bones some day.

    Well, other than wishful thinking there’s not much to be done about this.

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    There’s a whole bunch of these people trying to redefine the meaning of street photography and being anal about anything that’s a bit more conservative (and respectful) than their straight-in-the-face-at-minimal-distance-shooting.

    Being fond of urban motives myself, I always feel a bit of surrogate shame when seeing people misbehaving like this. Jumping into people’s faces from behind hidden corners can easily be misinterpreted as assault by someone, so I really hope these people do not have insurance for these cases and someone manages to shatter expensive equipment or nose bones some day.

    Well, other than wishful thinking there’s not much to be done about this.

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    Nothing wrong with jumping into people’s faces from hidden corners? Seriously?

    That guy is a creep.

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    Well, Thomas does not hide behind corners and jump into people’s faces. He raises the camera, silently takes a picture without jumping or rushing and then slowly walks away. Most people don’t even notice Thomas took an image of them.

    I don’t say I appreciate Thomas’ way of taking images like that in particular, but it’s a lot less creepy and aggressive and the results are much much better too.

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    Self-display is always classy. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/polarapfel Tobias Weisserth

    Self-display is always classy. ;)