This strange year is coming to an end and since StreetRepeat is all about trends, it’s time to look back at the account’s most popular images and themes of 2020.
The Miami Street Photography Festival has announced its winners earlier this month. I also took a look at the finalist images and I’ve made a selection here with some words about why I like these pictures.
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.
What started with an idea for a zine, has become a book. The Street Photographers Foundation published the ‘Street Photographers Book’ with the main question: Why Street Photography?
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.
Until 2019 I was doing street photography in my free time as my personal work. Every now and then I sold a print or participated in an exhibition, but I was never really on a deadline. That changed in the beginning of 2020, when I took on a weekly street photography section in Dutch newspaper Het Parool.
In the new series called Self-Repeat I focus on self-repetition by individual photographers. It’s something we all come across in the proces of shaping our personal signature in photography. I’ve asked the photographers about two similar images that they took at different points in time, to learn why they recreated the same type of image and what it can tell us about their work in general.
The second Women Street Photographers exhibition in New York is currently on show. Works by 95 female photographers from all around the world are on display at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109, all organised and curated by photographer Gulnara Samoilova.
A few months ago Grant Scott, the founder of United Nations of Photography, invited me make a short recording of ‘what photography means to me’. Quite a challenge as, like most people, I’m scared of listening back to recordings of myself.