Street photography by mia m photography&writing

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Did you know that the cities tell stories? Is a magazine about Street Photography. Article, photos, experiences, methods and tips about how to immortalize in a photograph the daily life in the cities. Urban stories seen through the eyes of wonderful photographers from different cities around the world.

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  • CopyrightAll rights are reserved. This magazine can be downloaded free and only diffuse freely in its entirety. The images and text are the exclusive property of the authors included in the related sections. Any other use will be sanctioned by the existing rules on the subject of copyright.

    Mario BunugaNoorhadi Saleh Le TanguerrantDiego Gigante Henry WangTony LivieroEmanuele Dello StrologoMia. M Photography and Writing

    Rui Lopes Teddy Gonzalez RodriguezAnita ChungAntonio Sarno Simone VivaldoStradi CorleoneMiguel Angel Ramos

  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    hen I began to make my research and write this article, I thought it would be just an article. I feel happy because it is already

    published in some printed magazines from different countries. However, I wanted to do something special for all stunning photographers who help me during my research, without their support, I could not have written this article. Therefore, I decided to become it into an international project and a visual magazine.Many heartfelt thanks to all wonderful friends and excellent photographers who kindly shared with me their photos, experiences, opinions, methods and tips about how to immortalize in a photograph the urban stories.

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  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    Yes, stories that poke through its streets, its buildings, its people... Every new day a new story sees the light in your city, and you are part of that story. The called Street Photography is the photographic category that handles immortalize these stories and characters.

    Nowadays with so much movement in the cities, trapped in a picture the time and space in which daily life goes, it is much easier. The streets, parks, squares... Everything comes to life and let us bring out our creativity; these cityscapes, their stories and characters carry us away.

    The photographer becomes Dreamcatcher, a traveling storyteller, is subject and object at the same time, because not only captures the scenes, also live them. All reality asleep in a picture...

    However, this idyllic vision of the bohemian photographer with his camera in hand

    Did you know that the cities tell stories?exploring the cities is just the beginning of an adventure that requires special training.

    I spent many nights reading books about Street Photography in company of coffees and receiving findings from wonderful photographers and friends, who are dedicated to take with their cameras these urban stories. I must say I was surprised, when I started my research, I thought that the interaction between the photographer and the public was one of the key elements within this category. Perhaps, because here where I am the right to privacy and the image is very overrated in some places. However, through my research I discovered that this photographer-public interaction is almost nonexistent. If I used the quantitative method of methodology research, I could say mathematically, that 100% of the photographers who I asked their opinion, 96% answered that never interact with people on the street while they are taking their photos. Are you surprised?

  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    For many photographers direct contact with the public is difficult, sometimes to ask permission before taking the photo is an embarrassing situation because the artist feels intimidated by the possible public reaction. Other times, after photo-graphers ask if they accept or not to be photograph, the public has all

    right to refuse and photographers could lose a good photo. However, when people reach kindly be part of the picture, with the knowledge that they will be photograph, they adopt unnatural poses as if it were a birthday photo. Thus, in the opinion of many photographers, the photo loses its spontaneity; the natural dynamics of the scene loses its rhythm and it wont be Street Photography, but a portrait outdoors or a possible truncated report. Faced with these dilemmas, photo-

    graphers choose multiple capture methods that allow them to tell their stories, with the presence of the characters, but without the characters. Some of these photographers opt for distance plans, where the audience is only one element of the cityscape. Photographers remain in the

    Taking stories from the distance

    NY Rui Lopes

  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    distance, as snipers waiting for the perfect moment to fire. In this way the scenes are a whole set of stories that are intertwined and where the public is shown in the urban landscape.Other photographers, who want

    to take closer shots and facing these avatars, use other catches techniques different and even risky. During my talks with some of these artists, I discovered that, as a warrior you must you have the camera always ready for battle. Spend time between people, walk between the buildings, and sit down to drink a coffee... No matter where, just shoot as much as possible, and for to nearby planes, shoot from the hip. This requires discretion and practice because many pictures can be blurred, out of focus, or people may realize you are taking pictures of them without their consent. However, with much preparation

    you acquire the necessary quickly to capture stories and characters experience. Pictures taken from the waist can give new and interesting perspectives, as well as, capturing the spontaneous gestures of people, the interaction between them, the

    Buenos Aires Diego Gigante

  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    feeling of an instant stolen... At the end of the day you will be surprised by how many interesting and funny pictures captured.One of the fundamental keys to tell

    these urban stories without having to interact with the audience is discretion. Many photographers claim that to be discreet plays an essential role to shot the public. For this, you must not under any circumstances make people feel threatened by your presence, respect their space. It is important to dress naturally not carry excessive equipment, no tripod, flash, reflectors, lights... Only you and your camera, do not configure too much the camera and change lens all the time, also avoid eye contact, you can pretend you're interested in another subject and not on the people in front of you. The photographer must be a character in the scene, history and historian at the same time.Other photographers have a peculiar

    way to empathize with the public;

    this caught my attention during my research. I know that have already an explanation under the sleeve if someone is offended to see that you are taking photos is something usual. Many photographers explain to the public that this is a story about the city, a work for a company,

    Shanghai Henry Wang

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    or pictures to illustrate a story... Instead, this group of photographers has a special way of interacting with the public, they first observed the scenes, and then they try to imagine and feel what people are living at that time, recreate the story in their mind before take the picture. Nevertheless, the funny thing is that after take the photo, many of them approach the public to confirm the story. These photographers are like storytellers, trying to express feelings, expressions, events, experiences, the daily struggle of people from a very intimate and descriptive angle.

    interact with the public. They like to create a bond of trust and courtesy with people they are going to photograph. They are

    However, what happens if you prefer to take the story nearby?

    Paris Le Tanguerrant

    As I mentioned earlier, there is a group, although not extensive, within the photographers I interviewed, who prefer to take shots close and

  • Street Photography by Mia. M Photography&Writing 2015

    photographers focus on more detailed drawings of daily life and especially in the characters as the main subject of the urban composition. They use the portrait and reportage, not as photographic categories in themselves but as tools to relate the elements of daily life through their characters. For them the stories are reflected by the expressions, feelings, dreams, experiences... of each of the characters who are in the scene, their photos show a more human perspective of cities.Of course, these photographers

    must to face as the other group the dilemmas mentioned. However, they face this interaction in a different way, without thinking about feeling intimidated by the crowd reaction or negative responses from people, and above all, applying different methods where the public does not take unnatural poses. Like other photographers, they look to capture

    unique, spontaneous and natural moments within urban stories. They want to take snapshots that reflect the way of life in cities, with its social problems, its attractions, its various historical periods, the culture and especially its people, those people who gives life to the cities.

    Havana Mia.M Phtography

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    To achieve this photographic perspective where the man is the engine that moves the cities, many photographers say the friendliness and courtesy are an inseparable and essential binomial. The best introduction is always a smile, a smile tells people that you are friendly, inspires confidence and respect in the people who are watching you. Smiling shows that your intentions are healthy. Respect the privacy of the characters and good communication are also key elements to flow the scene and you can take a closer plane without any limitation. First, many photographers are mixed with subjects, esta