Street Photographer Kip Praslowicz Shares His Approach to Portraiture

Here’s a short video by PBS about Duluth, Minnesota-based street photographer Kip Praslowicz. Praslowicz talks about his work and his approach to shooting in his community.

(via Erik Kim)

P.S. Last year we featured a humorous guest post by Praslowicz

  • Melo

    It never ceases to surprise me what people like in photography. I really don’t get it at all.

    I think the evolution of photography will be a place where the photographers we respect are the ones creating images we couldn’t create ourselves despite technology and the disintegration of barriers to entry. There wasn’t a single image in this video an amateur couldn’t pull off with a disposable point and shoot.

    Beats me.

  • Ricky

    nice documentary on a quirky photographer.

    For those documentary film makers out there, before you interview someone have them take a drink of water. That cotton-mouth saliva-slapping sound is so distracting.

  • Barbara C. Sutton

    his work and his approach to shooting in his

  • Dan Howard

    ….. I agree with Melo. This was total garbage. my sister posts more interesting photos to facebook from her iphone… and thats saying something.

  • Daf

    Not impressed.
    Seems like he’s just taking snaps, albeit with big kit.

  • Kate Greer

    “I’d rather do work I want to see, not sale…” beautiful philosophy!

  • K. Praslowicz

    Not the film makers fault. I’m a natural cotten mouth when I talk for more than ten seconds. Plenty of water was being drank that day.

  • Ren Bostelaar

    Kip is my favourite unsung photographer. He’s just so visually fluent with his subjects, this was a joy to watch.

  • K. Praslowicz

    I’ll agree with your first line completely Melo. Tastes are funny like that. Hell. I’ll probably go along with you on the amateur with disposable remark as well.

    I also love amateur snap shots. I feel that the amateur snapshot throughout the years is probably the most important body of work to come from the invention of photography. I often buy the interesting ones I find at garage sales and study them for the compositional elements that just happen by chance in an amateur snapshot that just isn’t often seen in portraits set up with complex studio lighting and set manipulation.

    May not be your cup of tea, but I think I’m hitting my mark. I’m not in it to try and find the hip visual style, never before used angle of lighting, or whatever unseen subject matter is still out there. Just trying to make some top-shelf snap shots to leave in my life span’s wake. Never have felt the need to reach for anything more complex with the subject matter.

    Good day.

  • stokesga

    Does nothing for me, looks like he could do with slowing down and thinking about the shots, not a single shot in that vid looked like any thought as to composition had gone into it.

  • Jeff

    Whether or not you like the photographer’s style is not important here. The mere fact the photographer has a style is more than most snap shooters can say. Style in snap shooting is a rare quality and most of us can relate to spending hours trudging through family photos that were poorly executed by an overly proud mother or grandmother.

    Frankly, I generally find people photography boring, however that does not mean I don’t respect it and I appreciate the skill involved creating these images. I wish more people would look at the images created by this photographer and this style of photography. The message in one of these photos speaks more clearly than a thousand snap shots. These photos are not those to be hung above your fireplace in your den, but rather to tell the story of the individuals in the photos. Of course you don’t get the message looking at them as a stranger on the internet, however; if you knew the person in the image it would make sense to you. Of course I could be way off, but I believe this is the photographer’s intent.

    It we lived in a perfect world more people would photograph in this manner, that way we wouldn’t have to sit through hours of photo viewing with relatives or sift through the hundreds of garbage facebook photos to find the handful of good ones.

  • JCW

    Yes, exactly. These aren’t supposed to carefully composed beauty shots – they’re supposed to evoke a sense of walking into the story, like finding that stray out-of-context photo at a garage sale. This is harder than most people realize to capture – each picture is really haunting and I bet you can’t really pinpoint why. That’s a nuanced art that isn’t obvious first, especially when you realize he’s not taking 100 digital shots to get it “just right.” Each shot has about one chance to nail it.

  • Melo

    Thanks for the reply Kip. I hope you don’t take my comment as harsh.

    As long as you enjoy what you shoot that is all that matters. I would never tell anyone to shoot anything they don’t resonate with. We all like or don’t like different things. My comment and my opinions are growingly influenced by the online environment, in that my opinion and critiques are more about the exaltation of so many photographers regardless of skill level. I am not a fan of seeing just anyone featured.

    In my case I seek out stories, clips or films about artists creating work on a level that I aspire too reach or surpass.

    It has nothing to do with genre… just taste. Like you said, not my cup of tea, but neither is over-the-top fashion, or Playboy for that matter. But that’s just me. No right or wrong.

    Best to you.

  • Mike Drummond

    I have a massive adoration for people who strive to document their hometowns and the people in them, street photography is a fantastic way to get to the heart and core of a community and here i think Kip has done that so well. Understandably it may not be everyones cup of tea; as is the case in the comments below.
    But it is not all that common to find someone who is willing to put the hard graft in and interact, as well as observe on such an intimate scale like here. Kip, using the field camera (large format) and the Fuji rangefinder further pushes his own limitations and shows that he is comfortable using these formats, therefore his work will continue to resonate for HIM, something i think that everyone should relate to.

    Photography isn’t always going to please the masses but for some of us its just a way of sharing an interpretation of the world they see through their eyes.

  • Chris

    LAZY Street Photographer

  • K. Praslowicz

    Not as lazy as this anonymous trolling attempt is.

  • K. Praslowicz

    Nah. Not harsh. Just honest. Any artist in any field would have to be kind of an idiot to expect everyone to just unquestionably fawn over their work.

  • Linds

    All I can say is that it’s a masterful use of the Gob lens.