Street Photography Workshop Ideas

I’d like your ideas for locations for Street Photography Workshops.

I have been very lucky in my long career as a professional photographer – one of those fortunate people who’s been paid for something they’ve always loved doing.

Leaving aside my years as a hard-nosed press photographer working on the staff of the Daily Express, few areas of photography have presented me with more challenges or more satisfaction than Street Photography.

By Street Photography I mean getting out there where people are and capturing the moments with a camera. But I don’t mean just any third rate images, any fool can walk into a street, press a button and produce rubbish.  I have said before that for some of today’s photographers the label ‘Street Photography’ is little more than an excuse to point and press and produce third rate photographs to which which they then ascribe the term ‘art’.

Too little skill, too much pretence.

B&W contact sheets of Sunday Times commission

Four sheets of black& white contact sheets for The Sunday Times commission to photograph Windsor, Eton and the River Thames nearby

Good Street Photography should combine all the skills of camera craft, precise timing, perception, anticipation and visual awareness to create images that are much more than a social document. The photographs must have a degree of visual appeal.

Japanese tourist poses in from of Windsor Castle guard

As soon as this chap saw the camera he puffed out his chest with pride and waited for me to press the button. I love the way he's standing to attention. That sentry box was the source of a wonderful crop of photographs. All I had to do was wait and watch. Photograph by Philip Dun

I recently posted a couple of my old black and white photographs taken for The Sunday Times. They represented the very basic elements of Street Photography – in other words, candid pictures of people in the street. I have had several emails since I posted these two pictures – all very complimentary and all asking to see more of this type of work.

So I went back into my files and rooted out the original black & white contact prints from the day’s shoot.

The commission was to photograph Windsor, Eton and the River Thames for a travel article that had already been written.

There are just four contact sheets – four films used. In fact not all 36 exposures were used on each film. Yes, for those of you weaned on 16Gb memory cards, we were limited to 36 exposures per film in the dark olden days of photography.

At a very rough count there were at least 10 photographs published from those four films either for the original commission or at later dates for other newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph.

So, in the coming days, I will be posting some of those photographs captured on that day in Windsor and I will relate as much as I can remember about each picture. I’ve started with another picture of that sentry box outside Windsor Castle. It produced a crop of pictures – especially of the Japanese tourists.

I am hoping this year to get out and about around Britain and arrange some STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS. I am open to ideas for locations, so I would appreciate your feedback.

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Street Photography is one of the things you may learn when you come on a Photography Course with Philip Dunn.

There are still a few places available for the Photography Workshop at Carlisle Cathedral Feb 4th – just £60 for the day of tuition and great photo opportunities


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