The Violinist, Bicycle Belles, Avenue Magazine 1990
Street photography seems to be more popular than ever.
If this is due to the fact that everybody who owns a smartphone automatically has a camera at disposal with which he or she is able to photograph their natural surroundings, is hard to say, because it looks like these cameras are merely used to photograph plates of food and make selfies.
The worldwide attention for the work of nanny-photographer Vivian Maier can be seen as proof of a great international interest, while you find many websites, forum threads, and magazines devoted to street photography on the internet.
According to many, this type of photography – in which timing and framing are key elements, and man always plays a central part – is the summit, or like Edward Steichen once said: “When I first became interested in photography I thought it was the whole cheese. My idea was to have it recognized as one of the fine arts. Today I don’t give a hoot in hell about that. The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each man to himself.”