Street Photography Week
Street photography isn't about judgement, it is about visual impact. There is a tendency among some viewers to make hasty cliché presumptions about Street photography. Most of the major painters copied others at the early stages of their careers. Photographers photographing clichés is just a natural step in their development. Sometimes even the photographers do not know if their shot resembles another one. The journal "Similitude Street" is a perfect example where two different photographers' photos resemble each other in a very close way.
Similitude Street - VI
SIMILITUDE ~ NOUN
Similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things.
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...by - DinoKose
124by - Y-KaFkAs
Valencia dfgby - DualMechanized
To the pointby - daliscar
A Saint came to town by vforvittoria
Saintby - burningmonk
y e y e by - xbastex
Clichés are not necessarily bad. It's the emotional element that turns mere cliches into works that are relevant and emotionally resonant.
It's this emotional aspect that breathes life into all work, cinematic, photographic, or what have you, no matter how many times they have been visited in the past.
The great themes in life never go out of fashion, after all. While our environment evolves, many “modern classic” shots do bring along an impression of “déjà vu”.
The end question being: does it really matter ?
Street Photographer Aaron Offord
said this in his journal about clichés...
"The biggest cliché of all in street photography is the notion that we should avoid shooting clichés. In some respects creating a well-executed cliché is one of the hardest things to do. The goal should always be to create the photograph in a manner that elevates it above all the other attempts at the same cliché so that it is not seen as just another cliché."
Without further ado let's look at some examples:
The master is : Henri Cartier Bresson.
Urban olympics by
Lower Broadway by
The Gentleman And The Street Sweeper by
The Leap by
The master is : Gary Winogrand
rock paper scissors by
The master is : Saul Leiter
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anaïs Nin