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Street Photography

The work of the photographer Vivian Maier has led to rising popularity for street photography. Unlike other types of photography concerned with a range of diverse subjects, street photography chooses one theme only: the city – but it is just a trick as this subject is multiple, shattered and diffused, impossible to fully grasp. The beauty of a city, its inhabitants and urban landscape… The practice of street photography pushes the photograph to sharpen his gaze, learning the complex science of capturing a fleeting moment.  

The interaction between man and his urban environment fascinates and inspires artists. The skyrocketing urbanisation seems to prove that the city is the environment that is most fitting to our human condition, yet the pollution, mass population and urban stress associated with the city life indicate the opposite. Whom are these odd animals living in these large hives of activity? What are their customs, their history? The photograph becomes their witness, as he captures ordinary moments that make up our everyday life: a man with a bouquet, a nighttime walk or merely a café's terrace. Like a documentary, each photograph holds a part of truth: to reveal the beauty of empty spaces where time stops, or moments full of life and spontaneity. Discover the best street New-York photographies or London photographies

Every street corner has its share of surprises, colours and activity. Whether empty or busy, the street always seems alive; it is the symbol of the human habitat. Streets are places of movement, of transition, a space that we pass through on the way to a destination. Staging and directing becomes obsolete, as surprise, colour and framing naturally come out of the urban frenzy. The poetic talent of the street photographer is revealed in the stolen moment of an inattentive city stroller?

Each of the photographers in this selection has made specific choices: their artistic approach is already distinguished between the ones who stages their photographs or those who let spontaneity guide their creative direction? Then, there are the photographs who prefer playing with human interactions, in the way of a theatre play, while others prefer empty spaces as unique spaces. Finally, the photographer is confronted to the question of colour or black and white: monochromatic photographs belong to the past as soon as they are taken, while colour gives life to the scene, rendering its energy and charm.

Whether it is a wide shot or a detailed photograph, street photograph sticks to the rule of revealing the extraordinary in the ordinary. A hand calling a cab, or Robert Doisneau's couple kissing at the terrace of a café, the sunlight passing through a wire fence… all the things that we see every day without looking at them. Now is the time to find poetry and delight in the trivial! Browse through Artsper's selection of street photographs.

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Anthony Horth, Blue Wings, Photography

Anthony Horth

Blue Wings, 2017
24 x 20 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$700

Thibaud 1981, S5.1, Photography

Thibaud 1981

S5.1, 2021
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$776

Bze Bzeland, BRUSKement. Zen, Photography

Bze Bzeland

BRUSKement. Zen, 2004
19 x 13 x 0 inch
Photography

$239

Our recommendations JR, Clichy Sous Bois, Photography

JR

Clichy Sous Bois, 2006
18.1 x 24 inch
Photography

$4,545

Sven Pfrommer, Saigon Blur XXXV, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Saigon Blur XXXV, 2015
27.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,256

Our recommendations Martin Parr, Strawberry Fields, Photography

Martin Parr

Strawberry Fields, 2008
8.5 x 11.5 inch
Photography

$1,000

Leila Boucif, Pause Bistrot, Photography

Leila Boucif

Pause Bistrot, 2019
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$955

Black Sheep, Little Savage, Photography

Black Sheep

Little Savage, 2020
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$537

David Rousselle, Geste - 02, Photography

David Rousselle

Geste - 02, 2013
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$1,194

Valérie Donzelli, De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, Photography

Valérie Donzelli

De Myrha à Babylone - Le Panama, 2015
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$716

Andrea Jako Giacomini, The Art of Shade |  God's Ray, Photography

Andrea Jako Giacomini

The Art of Shade | God's Ray, 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$1,134

Our recommendations Steve Pearlman, Radio City Reflections, Photography

Steve Pearlman

Radio City Reflections, 2020
39 x 25 inch
Photography

$1,400

Rosine Klatzmann-Wasserman, Port de Tel Aviv 1, Photography

Rosine Klatzmann-Wasserman

Port de Tel Aviv 1, 2015
16.5 x 29.5 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$692

Polo Doury, L'attente, Photography

Polo Doury

L'attente, 2013
13 x 19 inch
Photography

$955

VuTheara Kham, Women Light, Photography

VuTheara Kham

Women Light, 2019
19.7 x 27.6 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$955

Ron Galella, Al Pacino - No !, Photography

Ron Galella

Al Pacino - No !, 1979
39.4 x 29.9 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$6,206

Greg Mascot, Bored Dog, Photography

Greg Mascot

Bored Dog, 2017
7.7 x 5.7 inch
Photography

$239

Louis-François Solari, La reserve de Nice, Photography

Louis-François Solari

La reserve de Nice, 2016
11.8 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$215

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnival, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnival, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$760

Anthony Horth, Feathers, Photography

Anthony Horth

Feathers, 2017
24 x 20 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$760

Anthony Horth, Swirl girl, Photography

Anthony Horth

Swirl girl, 2017
24 x 20 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$760

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnaval, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnaval, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$760

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnaval, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnaval, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$750

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnival, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnival, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$750

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnival, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnival, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$760

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnaval, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnaval, 2017
24 x 20 x 0.15 inch
Photography

$700

Anthony Horth, Rio Carnaval, Photography

Anthony Horth

Rio Carnaval, 2017
20 x 24 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$750

Anthony Horth, Carnaval Rio 2017, Photography

Anthony Horth

Carnaval Rio 2017, 2017
20 x 25 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$650

Leonard Freed, World Series Win, Photography

Leonard Freed

World Series Win, 1954
14 x 11 inch
Photography

$3,000

Edouard Partoes, Le voyage en camion, Photography

Edouard Partoes

Le voyage en camion, 2018
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$537

Richard Heeps, Through the Window of the Turro Tram Depot, Photography

Richard Heeps

Through the Window of the Turro Tram Depot, 2018
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$832

Richard Heeps, Turro Tram Depot, Milan, Photography

Richard Heeps

Turro Tram Depot, Milan, 2018
24 x 29.5 x 0 inch
Photography

$832

Julie Peiffer, C'est super, Je t'aime, Photography

Julie Peiffer

C'est super, Je t'aime, 2016
29.5 x 23.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$895

Tanguy Mendrisse, Blues Covid, Photography

Tanguy Mendrisse

Blues Covid, 2020
11.8 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Photography

$143

Barry Cawston, Hip Hop, Photography

Barry Cawston

Hip Hop, 2018
39.4 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$3,286

Guilherme Licurgo, People, Milano, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

People, Milano, Medium Print, 2010
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Guilherme Licurgo, Walker, Paris, Medium Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Walker, Paris, Medium Print, 2010
23 x 35 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Guilherme Licurgo, Manifesto XI/ Medium Size Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Manifesto XI/ Medium Size Print, 2010
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Guilherme Licurgo, Manifesto XIV/ Medium Size Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Manifesto XIV/ Medium Size Print, 2010
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Guilherme Licurgo, Shadow/ Medium Size Print, Photography

Guilherme Licurgo

Shadow/ Medium Size Print, 2010
35 x 23 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$2,500

Bernard Reignier, Bohemiens, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Bohemiens, 2019
13.8 x 33.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$687

Bernard Reignier, Ruban rouge, Photography

Bernard Reignier

Ruban rouge, 2019
28.3 x 20.5 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$788

Slim Aarons, Saint-Tropez, Photography

Slim Aarons

Saint-Tropez, 2020
60 x 40 inch
Photography

$4,404

Baptiste Blanchett, On ne tue jamais par amour, Photography

Baptiste Blanchett

On ne tue jamais par amour, 2020
31.5 x 47.2 inch
Photography

$3,879

Lionel le Jeune, Boulangerie la Nuit, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Boulangerie la Nuit, 2020
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$656

Lionel le Jeune, Une Place, photo primée Fisheye magazine, Rmn Grand Palais, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Une Place, photo primée Fisheye magazine, Rmn Grand Palais, 2020
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,134

Lionel le Jeune, Abris, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Abris, 2020
19.7 x 31.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,134

Lionel le Jeune, Architecture Gris, bleu, rouge, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Architecture Gris, bleu, rouge, 2020
17.8 x 27.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,194

Lionel le Jeune, Composition verticales, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Composition verticales, 2020
17.7 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,015

Stéphane Martin, Passage piéton, Photography

Stéphane Martin

Passage piéton, 2018
15.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$179

Lionel le Jeune, Palmier, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Palmier, 2020
19.7 x 29.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$776

Lionel le Jeune, Balcons, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Balcons, 2020
17.8 x 21.7 x 2 inch
Photography

$1,015

Lionel le Jeune, Réverbère, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Réverbère, 2020
31.8 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$835

Lionel le Jeune, Aperçu, Photography

Lionel le Jeune

Aperçu, 2021
27.6 x 21.7 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$537

Gustavo Cabarcas, Père Lachaise, Photography

Gustavo Cabarcas

Père Lachaise, 2019
17.7 x 11.8 x 0 inch
Photography

$236

Gustavo Cabarcas, Manifestation nocturne, Photography

Gustavo Cabarcas

Manifestation nocturne, 2019
11.8 x 17.7 x 0 inch
Photography

$236

Sven Pfrommer, Wallstreet VI, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Wallstreet VI, 2012
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,017

Sven Pfrommer, NY Downtown XV, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

NY Downtown XV, 2012
47.2 x 35.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,136

Sven Pfrommer, New York Style IV, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

New York Style IV, 2012
47.2 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,136

Sven Pfrommer, New York Color XXII, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

New York Color XXII, 2012
31.5 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,898

Sven Pfrommer, Hong Kong Convergence IV, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Hong Kong Convergence IV, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,017

Sven Pfrommer, Human Crowd IX, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Human Crowd IX, 2019
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$1,898

Sven Pfrommer, Tokyo passage IV, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Tokyo passage IV, 2019
35.4 x 47.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,136

Sven Pfrommer, Hong Kong Signs XVIII, Photography

Sven Pfrommer

Hong Kong Signs XVIII, 2015
27.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$2,136

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