What Made Photography Valuable?

Helen Levitt and Walter Rosenblum made street photographs in New York in the 1930s through the 1950s. Vivian Maier made street photographs in the 1950s through the 1970s. What made them relevant, what made their work valuable? It took a special person, a real photographic artist to go out in public and shoot film photographs... Continue Reading →

Simple Photographs Tell Stories

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Boardwalk. Or perhaps we tell the stories, based on what we see and what we know. Because the viewer finishes the art. What are these two looking at? Waiting for spouses? Watching young frolicking teens? Why is the horizon tilted, is something a little off? Why are they wearing long sleeve... Continue Reading →

In a New York Moment

There are no self-taught photographers. There is no photographer who isn't influenced by photographs they've seen. We all are exposed to a lot of photographs on a daily basis, and if we study the photographers who came before us, those considered the Masters--William Eggleston, Steven Shore, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier, Joel... Continue Reading →

Just Jump, Don’t Think

The number one thing that people tell me who want to shoot street documentary photographs but don't is that they are timid about photographing strangers, and worried about the reaction they'll get. Concerned that the person who is their subject will get irate, angry, confrontational. The thing is, that really never happens. People are doing... Continue Reading →

Taking It To The Streets

On my YouTube channel, I recently talked about how I want to get as fast with the Leica as I am with my trusty Nikons, having used them for the past 35 years. You do something for 35 years, you get pretty good at it. So, this weekend, I went out with the Leica M9... Continue Reading →

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