2Julie Hrudova’s ‘StreetRepeat’ Showcases the Repetitions in Street Photography
When she’s not working on her own craft, the Amsterdam, The Netherlands-based photographer explores Instagram to check out the works of her fellow street photographers. Browsing through her feed, what struck her the most is how many similarities there are in the images created by photographers all over the world.
This realization inspired her to start StreetRepeat. In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an Instagram account where Julie features handpicked sets of three photographs by three different photographers that carry the same look or feel: it could be a pattern, composition, subject, or the overall theme.
We spoke with Julie to find out more about StreetRepeat, her thoughts on repetition in street photography, how her project has influenced her own work, and how to have one’s own voice in photography, among other things.
3PhotoPlus Expo 2018: Street Photography: How & Why
The PhotoPlus Expo seminar called “Street Photography: How & Why” offered insight into the motivations and methods of four notable street photographers, including Daniel Arnold, Elizabeth Bick, Julia Gillard and Gus Powell. Each took a turn to show their work and explain their practice.
Arnold, for instance, articulated the single-minded obsession of his own practice, which he described in philosophical terms as a way of life, while underscoring the idea that success often comes to those who seek it the least.
“I would like to convince you if I can that the pictures don’t matter,” said Arnold, who has a sharp eye for absurdity and dissonance, and the quick reflexes to capture them. “I’m so engaged, so obsessed with and addicted to the process that the photos don’t matter.”
4Street Photographer Asks Strangers What They Wish for in Life
As a street photographer, how far do you go to engage with strangers? Crash Taylor, currently a UK based photographer, not only asks strangers to pose for a portrait but also asks to reveal their deepest wish. Find out how he does it!
Taylor, who is currently residing in England but born and raised in Los Angeles, was introduced to the love of social photography through his father, who’d create beautiful portraits of him and his brother. Starting young, Taylor used money gifted to him and purchased his first camera, a Polaroid, on his 8th birthday which he then took on a vacation to Mexico. The trip was life changing for Taylor and his passion for all things photography was deeply rooted within him. Further on, life took Taylor to study business and cinematography, presently he is studying for a Masters degree in photography, while teaching at the renowned photography school at Nottingham Trent University and conducting private workshops throughout the UK.
Niko J. Kallianiotis’ first monograph, America in a Trance, dives into the heart and soul of Pennsylvania’s industrial regions, a place where small town values still exist, and where sustainable local businesses once thrived under the sheltered wings of American Industry. In his explorations, he offers a quiet assessment of the cultural and economic state of the nation, as seen through a number of cities and towns in Pennsylvania. The approach to this book shares some stylistic similarities with some of the great documentary works that precede it, like Joel Sternfeld’s witty insight, Robert Frank’s ‘outsider’ observations of America, the use of color and light in the street photography of Saul Leiter, and Walker Evans’ landscapes and portraits of the same region. While the work of Kallianiotis is an homage to these influences, it is also a departure from them.
My goodness! The photographer did an exceptional job working with homeless couple Steve Singleton and Michelle Last. We absolutely loved how the images flowed, and how diverse they were. It is obvious this project took a lot of time, patience and empathy. Congratulations to the photographer. It was a little tough awarding the next to places because there was nothing remotely close to the effort in the first place entry. We awarded the seal entry second place because of the emotional faces. Third place of the trapeze artist should have been developed further. Many of the images were identical. Maybe the photographer could have visited her at home with possible grandkids, at a home gym, next to old photos, etc. Just quick ideas. Lastly, there were entries that either had 20+ images or repetitive images. Please edit tightly next time.