Street Photography

I’m trying to find out what the term ‘Street Photography’ comprises.

Some of my attempts (click on image to enlarge):

What happens here??

I haven’t the faintest idea. Did the girl in the yellow raincoat fall down from the sky? Did she stumbel (if so – in what) reading her magazine?
The proof that it happened is in my files  – a colour slide telling it occurred in Oslo 29. april 1986. Luftig gange Luftiggange ny scan02Me and my camera was there. 😉


The ultimate answer?

A brief excerpt of a conversation that Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye had with Colin Westerbeck, co-author of Bystander, the definitive book on the history of street photography.
The interview was conducted as part of a promotion for another book, Street Photography 2015. Publisert 21. apr. 2017

Interview With Colin Westerbeck

Great reading

Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen Mc Laren Thames & Hudson 2010

The Street Photographer’s Manual by David Gibson
Thames & Hudson 2014

Recommended links to tutorials etc.:

Magnum learn



7 TIPS for Street Photography EduardoPavezGoye

A Guide to Street Photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus | Engadget

Celebration of Photography 2017: Matt Stuart about working with the Leica M10:

My Street Photography

The term
I consider myself a Street Photographer – in a somewhat extended understanding of the term. If you include “people” and “candid” you come closer to where to file me.

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Books on BLURB

Frontpage 6 booksI found BLURB some years ago.  It proved to be just what I had been looking for, an easy to use digital book-publishing tool. Very professional with reasonable pricing. (Above front pages of some of my books.)

Have a preview:

About the Book:
Maitreyee Manglurkar has 23 July 2009, very well described what it’s all about: “Street photography – as the name suggests – literally means shooting on the street. It may be regarded as a close relative of documentary photography. However, there is more to it than just picking up your camera and clicking images on the street. The basic idea of street photography is to capture life in its candid moments. Call it a voyeuristic documentation, if you will. And easy as it sounds, there is a technique and logic behind it as well. And it’s not all about being trigger happy all the time.” Hope MM will stumble across my book City Folk one Sunny Day 🙂

About the Book:
Images of people and places in Gdynia, Gdansk, Sopot and Warsaw July 2006 is what you will find in this book. Ill never forget this travel – hope you’ll like it too. March 2013 Stein B-O.

About the Book:
Images from my world – in black and white. As a humanist sees it. Private and universal. I try to be timeless and true to “The decisive moment”.

About the Book:
A selection of Instagrams. Chosen by heart. Nothing more and nothing less. Photos not disturbed by Words.

About the Book:
Besides my Family, Photography is the passion of my life. Very often my Family brings me to places, sights and events where I experience moments worth collecting. Bohuslän in Western Sweden is such a place. Deliberately I have omitted caption with details about time and places. The images in this book is of course my subjective choice. Dream and create your personal visions. Halden in November 2016. Stein Beyer-Olsen

About the book:
Ad lib choice from my Instagramaccount. More “interpretation” than documentation. Colourful and¨”extracted”. Often from iPhone. Treated with Snapseed.

About the book:
I show a Collection of images which I denotes as “Humanist Photography”. Intended to show and celebrate Human interaction -The beauty of man – Poetry in life – Humor – Caring.

About the book:
Photo-fighting  – I like to fight With my pictures. If I belive it’s possible to squeeze what I saw out of a poor photo, I try “everything” based on my conviction that Beauty, Passion and Expression beat Perfection. The images in this book has ben treated with SNAPSEED and published on his Instagram account ‘steinbeyerolsen’.

About the book:
I welcome you to share my impressions of the beautiful Island of Gran Canaria – tourist and everyday life. Your search for date and place information, will be invain. Turn the pages randomly and create your own stories and pictures. Have a nice trip!


Poland July 2006 – An early digital journy

Images of people and places in Gdynia, Gdansk, Sopot and Warsaw July 2006 is what you will find in this book. Ill never forget this travel – hope you’ll like it too.

You are welcome to preview the book. Follow the link above.

NSFF anniversary Exhibition Paris 19.11.2012 – 25.01.2012 Galerie FIAP Gallery – 85 years of Norwegian Photography

The Catalogue

My picture “Sol i stol” was chosen for the exibition in Paris and appear in the catalouge.

Allen Ginsberg.

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Allen Ginsberg

I visited Tronsmo Bookstore last thursday 2012.06.07. According to Allen Ginsberg it is “The best bookshop in the world”. He was so kind to let me photograph him (in another bookstore) in Oslo back in 1993 and  Then I did not know who he was, but I looked him up an got curious and even mailed him the prints. After a while, in May 1996, I received a note from his Assistant, Peter Hale,  including a letter and drawing by AG . As far as I can understand, AG was one of (if not the) most influencial poet(s) in the second half of the last century. I encounter his name “everywhere”. The Norwegian poet Jan Erik Wold once said to me (in Fredrikshalds Teater in Halden) that AG was “Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson” of the US. My pictures of AG is also listed in Guide to the Photographs by and relating to Allen Gisnberg.

Wish I could talk with him. He died of complications of liver cancer on April 6, 1997 age 71.

Vivian Maier

The discovery of the Vivian Maier collection is an incredible story. It’s best told by the man who found it, John Maloof, in his blog. His incredible story starts like this “I acquired Vivian’s negatives while at a furniture and antique auction while researching a history book I was co-authoring on Chicago’s NW Side. From what I know, the auction house acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments. I didn’t know what ‘street photography’ was when I purchased them.”  I urge you to read his story.

Recommended (by Ted Forbes):

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Abbas – Children of Abraham

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Children of Abraham
The Iranian Magnum photographer Abbas  (29 March 1944 – 25 April 2018), promoted dialogue about religion, peace and conflict in an exhibition at Nobel Peace Center, Oslo 5 May 2006 – 19 May 2007.

My ‘thank you note’ to Abbas:

“I write to tell you that I Tuesday October 10th had the great pleasure to see the exhibition ‘The Children of Abraham’ at The Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo. It had a great impact on me. I paused contemplating before several of your photos; they touched my heart and soul.  Apart from the human relations and manner you have seen and captured, your use of light is absolutely astounding. My personal ‘choice’ (if I may) are Chine Kashgar (street and people), An Ugur makes noodles, Representant of the Black order, British Muslim convert prays at home (it feels very wrong not to mention 20 more).  Before I left, I bought your book ‘Children of Abraham’ and found this salutation: ‘For the friend unknown, Abas, Oslo 8/10/06’. Now you know who I am. I whish you luck in your future struggle for peace and in capturing the nature of man.
Warm regards …”

His interesting and thought-provoking reply:

“My exhibition was not meant to struggle for peace – in fact it is meant to show the brutality of religion as an ideology… but if it can work for peace, even unitentionally, why not ? regards a.”

ABAS left us on April 25th 2018. Rest in Peace.

William Eugene Smith

I’m quite sure that the first picture that realy moved me, is this from the (1948) photo essay on Dr. Ernest Ceriani in the small Colorado town of Kremmling  by William Eugene Smith > Saving the boys eye

Presumably my own experiences enhanced the impression it gave on me.

Country Doctor

Some years ago, at a flee market at Skjärholmen, Stockholm, Sweden,  I stumbled across a copy of the book Minamata that he wrote togeter with his wife Aileene Smith.

His most known photograph may be The Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946

W. Eugene Smith: ‘I Didn’t Write the Rules, Why Should I Follow Them?’ By THE NEW YORK TIMES