Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson two of the most influential street photographers of our time and past for me and how they have had me garner a new appreciation for street photography.
Take Henri Carier-Bresson, the father of street photography, with the term "The Decisive Moment", as he puts it if you are able to see the moment then you won't capture it. What does it mean, it means as a photographer, the moment is not as important as the single moment before it, a bike speeding through the streets; is the cyclist getting away from something, or someone; the girl whose face shows the signs of her crying; all of these moments leave the viewer asking questions of the image, having them create the after story of the image. He was an incredible artist and in many of his pictures, which are simply taking what the streets have given him and created art with it.
Vivian Maier, the reclusive very private photographer who only had a few of her images developed out of the 1000's if not more rolls of undeveloped film she kept hoarding. Setting her apart from other street photographers is simply her ability to shoot candidly for the most part with her camera at chest level and unbeknownst to the subject she was capturing. Not to mention Vivian was and still is the selfie queen she took selfies at every opportunity, or shall I say that almost every roll of hers had a selfie on it.
There is so much that can be said about street photography; it being raw and unedited to it is original since many of the subjects do not pose for pictures and the images are usually candids.
There is also a flip side to it and that is the architectural aspect of street photography. The sheer beauty of buildings, homes, streets and yes even alleyways can produce some of the most outstanding images produced.
What you make of street photography is your choice, it's as simple as picking up a camera a wide aperture lens (I usually shoot 35mm prime; or a 24mm-70mm zoom lens) and framing what you want in your vie finder and when you get home surprise yourself with the image.
Looking forward to hearing your feedback on this subject and some of my other posts.