Best street photograph ever
If you've ever wondered what is the best
street photograph ever (some think it's the shot at the top) I've got something for you. It's not the definite
answer, it's rather a push in a right direction or a friendly advice.
Street photography as a term is defined (loosely) by the photographs not photographs by the definition. There is no right or wrong way of doing it- there is tradition and practical issues but ultimately it's all about the photographs. Your camera, medium, format, approach is secondary to your results. Certain ways are more popular because they give you better chances at capturing something amazing. Techniques of great photographers are copied widely because it's a learning fast track-what worked for them is likely to work for you too.
What is the appeal of street photography though? It's hard, unpredictable, involves a lot of "balls" on part of the photographer. Its results are appreciated by few. Well, it lies in all this really. It's very challenging but you learning curve is steep, dedicated ones improve quickly. There is a primeval hunting factor in it too - you stalk your prey (your subjects ;), look for good places to shoot, you have to be quick, precise and quiet. You need to anticipate and be lucky sometimes too. There are days however, when you come back with nothing even though everything was perfect. You go back the next time, because "today may be the day". You may capture the photograph defining your street or your town, your country, times or event.
The newspapers lie. The television lies. The radio lies. But the streets? The streets howl the truth - Frank Miller
Here is a collection of the "best street photographs ever" on Nick Turpin's blog. It's a good starting point if you are new to street photography. There are some terrific shots there by the old masters of street photography and a lot by modern photographers. Have fun.