Asking permission or not, it’s a dilemma in street photography. I never used to ask people if it was ok to photograph them. Moreover, I almost didn’t make any contact. When people would confront me, I’d say that I’m doing a completely legal thing. My approach has changed a bit in the last few months.
Founded in 2017 by Marco Savarese, Eyeshot started off as a magazine, well-edited and beautifully printed, shipped worldwide. But Marco has bigger plans for Eyeshot and one of them is becoming reality: being the first independent street photography book publisher. Read about the process, the challenges, choices of photographers and further dreams for Eyeshot Magazine.
In these times, when we spend much more time at home, deliberately or not, we often have more time to revisit our existing work and sometimes even to reinvent it. Some photographers start to edit series, combine old and new work. Others recreate their images by using collage or mix photography with another art form like painting. Spanish photographer Antonio García reacts to the current view of many cities by erasing all humans and animals from his images. The result is an eerie look into the old and the possibly new world.
The last couple of weeks we’ve been seeing multiple visual patterns belonging to this new type of reality we are living in. Empty streets and squares, animals roaming in cities (real and fake), the balcony culture, pictures of politicians next to planes with medical equipment, stuffed animals behind windows and many more. As I’ve always been an Easter fan, I’m very much into this new decoration hit: the protected eggs. Happy Easter to all!
100streetphotographsforpesaro is an initiative by photographer Alessandro Rocchi and the municipality of Pesaro in Northern Italy. Photographers can donate a print for 100 euro, raising money for the Marche Nord hospital in Pesaro.
As most of us are probably at our homes a lot these days, I’d like to share some photography-related videos with you. It’s tempting to constantly follow all the updates about the new coronavirus, though it can also bring you down. Apart from being well-informed and respecting advice and regulations about social distancing / staying at home, of course. Here are some videos that inspired me. The list will be updated and if you have any recommendations don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments.
Meet Peter de Krom, a Dutch documentary photographer who decided it was time for a change and is undertaking a new profession redeveloping German bunkers from the Second World War. In his work, De Krom observes human behaviours and social groupings objectively and from afar, in a way that recalls a biologist’s view of the animal world. De Krom took a large part of his photographs in his hometown, a coastal village called Hoek van Holland (Corner of Holland), near the city of Rotterdam. It is in this same town that he’ll work to redevelop the bunkers for the purpose of ecotourism. I talked to Peter about this transition from observing the world, especially this corner of Holland, to taking a more proactive role in actually changing the landscape of the town.
This month one of the leading Dutch weekly magazines, Volkskrant Magazine, published two spreads about StreetRepeat with lots and lots of images.
Quite a few street photography competitions, festivals and open calls coming up in the next few weeks. The list will be updated. If you have a suggestion, don’t hesitate to get in touch.