PetaPixel

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)


 
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  • Anonymous

    Not always my preference for making my point clear mind.

  • Anonymous

    Not always my preference for making my point clear mind.

  • http://twitter.com/ShilohSwanson Shiloh Swanson

    I was thinking the same thing

  • http://twitter.com/ShilohSwanson Shiloh Swanson

    I was thinking the same thing

  • Nicol

    If you think that was bad you should see his website. His portraits are horrific, and not in that good way either. It looks like another fauxtographer who picked up a toy and is trying to be edgy but failing hard. He seems like an overall tool too. 

  • Anonymous

    Their attitudes couldn’t be more different! Bruce Gilden doesn’t practically punch people in the face with his camera.

  • http://www.camionetica.com Gustavo Márquez

    Some people hate Eric Kim, but I think is more respectable that this Fabio Pires

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianasavi Mariana Savi

    douche

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianasavi Mariana Savi

    douche

  • http://twitter.com/Martin_Q_Blank_ Phil Lowe

    Tosser

  • http://twitter.com/Martin_Q_Blank_ Phil Lowe

    Tosser

  • http://twitter.com/jack070 Jacek Smoter

    In my opinion this guy is even worse than the Bruce Gilden kind (so yea, Eirc K. as well).

    I think that they are getting too close, but the guy from this video crosses the line of putting camera in peoples faces.

    After all, Bruce has the cojones and is a total jerk, but doesn’t hide it. Eric does it in respectful way, turning the possible bas reaction down with a joke or a comment. What does this guy do? Be a sneaky jerk. It’s like walking into bears cave and not agreeing to become the bears dinner (AKA facing the consequences). A no-no.

  • http://twitter.com/jack070 Jacek Smoter

    In my opinion this guy is even worse than the Bruce Gilden kind (so yea, Eirc K. as well).

    I think that they are getting too close, but the guy from this video crosses the line of putting camera in peoples faces.

    After all, Bruce has the cojones and is a total jerk, but doesn’t hide it. Eric does it in respectful way, turning the possible bas reaction down with a joke or a comment. What does this guy do? Be a sneaky jerk. It’s like walking into bears cave and not agreeing to become the bears dinner (AKA facing the consequences). A no-no.

  • Anonymous

    Wanted to link to Wigfall, but saw that someone beat me to it, so let me just +1 this comment.  Great, great video.

  • Anonymous

    Wanted to link to Wigfall, but saw that someone beat me to it, so let me just +1 this comment.  Great, great video.

  • Anonymous

    Wanted to link to Wigfall, but saw that someone beat me to it, so let me just +1 this comment.  Great, great video.

  • NYCD

    What an asshole, I work with a french press agency, you are the worst photographer approaching a subject !

  • NYCD

    What an asshole, I work with a french press agency, you are the worst photographer approaching a subject !

  • Eso

    Turd… won’t even do him a favor and check out his site.

  • Ufuk Arslan

    İ couldn’t resist to write something  when i see this video… i living in turkey and when i see the way of working of this photographer, i ve seen a image on my mind… and this image much more like, group of people beat the s..t out of my camera and me. There is no way you could act like that…. For my opinion he should treasure his people i think most of european people is very tolerant (i guess for there, bu at least not in here)

  • http://regex.info/blog/ Jeffrey Friedl

    ” Jumping into people’s faces from behind hidden corners can easily be misinterpreted as assault by someone” — I don’t know about in the UK, but at least in The States, some of what he does fits exactly one of the common definitions of 2nd-degree assault, so there’s no “misinterpretation”. Again, it may be legal in the UK, but in The States he would be subjecting himself to criminal arrest.

  • Zj3002

    Well you certainly found an excellent way to get yourself killed.

  • Man with a camera

    He is a psycho. Eric Kim is an idiot. Have a look at youtube videos of street/candid photography legends like Gary Winogrand and Alfred Eisenstaedt. They are very polite and gentle.

    These idiots are creepy and takes crappy picture.

  • http://regex.info/blog/ Jeffrey Friedl

    Er, oops, I meant “Simple Assault”, not ’2nd-Degree Assault”, sorry.

  • http://regex.info/blog/ Jeffrey Friedl

    Er, oops, I meant “Simple Assault”, not ’2nd-Degree Assault”, sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cat.edge Cat Edge

    I like these guys: http://lightenupandshoot.com/ Caught them on CreativeLive

  • Rick Bennett

    So usually with “HOW TO” videos, you show the shots that you just demonstrated. Why is it that NONE of the shots are shown? Because they’re all shit–he’s got no aim, no control, no time for AF. That, plus he’s a jackass.

  • Mike

    Another shitty photographer to add to the garbage bin. This guy will probably do more videos, try to sell workshops and post blogs with Ansel Adams quotes. Who cares. Somebody needs to punch him for acting like an idiot.

  • Gr0kk3d

    This here, is street photography done the right way. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitfGxc6vbw – the master Garry Winogrand.

  • Gr0kk3d

    This here, is street photography done the right way. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitfGxc6vbw – the master Garry Winogrand.

  • Gr0kk3d

    This here, is street photography done the right way. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitfGxc6vbw – the master Garry Winogrand.

  • Gr0kk3d

    This here, is street photography done the right way. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitfGxc6vbw – the master Garry Winogrand.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    However, using the images on his website (which is a form of commercial advertising) does require the use of a release.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    However, using the images on his website (which is a form of commercial advertising) does require the use of a release.

  • Brandon

     absolutely. not something i go around doing, but really if I was caught off guard and surprised like some of those people were I’m not so sure I would knock that guy out before I even had time to think better of it.

  • Brandon

     absolutely. not something i go around doing, but really if I was caught off guard and surprised like some of those people were I’m not so sure I would knock that guy out before I even had time to think better of it.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Why oh why does PetaPixel keep publishing videos and linking to sites of complete douche-bags who don’t even create compelling imagery?  Please stop promoting these losers.

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Why oh why does PetaPixel keep publishing videos and linking to sites of complete douche-bags who don’t even create compelling imagery?  Please stop promoting these losers.

  • http://twitter.com/ckpj99 Cameron Knight

    That’s not correct. Selling the photos on his own website would be illegal. Having a website does not automatically make it a commercial. It’s promotion which is completely different. He’s still a idiot, but I’m seeing A LOT of wrong information about legal issues here. Just trying to do my part.

  • http://twitter.com/ckpj99 Cameron Knight

    That’s not correct. Selling the photos on his own website would be illegal. Having a website does not automatically make it a commercial. It’s promotion which is completely different. He’s still a idiot, but I’m seeing A LOT of wrong information about legal issues here. Just trying to do my part.

  • Ryan S

    I am a street photographer, and many times I get confronted because of my techniques. This guy however – he’s using the title of “street photographer” to give him a rush. I think photography comes second to his want for an adrenaline rush and to be perceived as edgy. I don’t think there is integrity in what he does (at least what’s presented here).

    And why the bashing on the fact that he’s using a D90? I use a D80 and it does me fine. Check for yourself:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/throughpaintedeyes/sets/72157625531380194/

  • bob cooley

    Cameron, sorry – but using the photos to promote your photgraphy services makes it advertising, which IS a commercial purpose… Being the author of the images doesn’t change that. You still need written permission to use someone’s likeness in this manner – it’s not an editorial use. There is plenty of caselaw on this subject already…

  • bob cooley

    Cameron, sorry – but using the photos to promote your photgraphy services makes it advertising, which IS a commercial purpose… Being the author of the images doesn’t change that. You still need written permission to use someone’s likeness in this manner – it’s not an editorial use. There is plenty of caselaw on this subject already…

  • Seth

    Notice they didn’t even show any of him images in the video.  That’s because they’re all SHIT!  Some of the distances the camera was at in regard to the subject would have created dark, out of focus and unintelligible images.  This is horrible.

  • http://www.janiturunen.com Jani Turunen

    It very much feels like a blatant advert for Leica. So much that I could not finish the “documentary”…

  • http://www.janiturunen.com Jani Turunen

    It very much feels like a blatant advert for Leica. So much that I could not finish the “documentary”…

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    I would love to see BRUCE GILDEN punch him in the face! :D

  • http://profiles.google.com/matthew.bamberg Matthew Bamberg

    Gee if he can get away with it, why not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Barends/739334390 Christopher Barends

    Fabio Pires is an arrogant photographer. Thomas Leuthard does streetphotography in a respectable way.

  • http://twitter.com/djgeekdout DJG∃∃KDΩUT

    I think this video is well produced (what doesnt seem awesome w/ Shook Ones Pt. II as the soundtrack!?!) but it seems like this dude is doing too much “spraying” instead of looking for the really great shots… I can somewhat agree with his rationalization that “its the only way to get the best shots” as I know firsthand from forbidding my friends to ever “pose” for a photo I would get the best candid shots. However, these were all people I knew and I wasn’t turning any of the photos into art pieces… 

    I think The Sartorialist http://vimeo.com/18624866 (not sure if he qualifies as “Street Photography”) in this mini-documentary does a good job of showing how he achieves what Fabio is trying to do but in a non-invasive & pleasant way.

    People in general are pretty vain, I can’t see that many people declining if you ask’d first.