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What is street photography?

[ENGLISH] What is street photography? From Street Photography in the World: "Street photography is the photographic genre that deals with representing the human life in its many nuances and the context in which it consumes its drama, the city with its innumerable roads. The subjects are men, women, children and elderly people interacting with the environment, or frozen in significant moments and situations that express happiness, humor, discomfort, social drama. The image with its emotional content, becomes the witness of a fragment of reality that took place in an area of the world and allows everyone to learn about them. The street photographers have this ability to observe everyday life in unusual situations and to capture the decisive moment, when man is unaware of the protagonist sometimes dramatic events." They go on and provide a summary. In a nutshell: "Photos taken in the street, in urban context. Trying to steal moments of life. Not staged."

Street photography is the documentation of life in public spaces. It must be candid, spontaneuos. It must not be staged. The images must contain people (men, women, children, etc.). 

The accepted standard is that photos must be made with a short focal distance: 85mm (in full frame equivalent) or less. Preferably, 50mm (FF equivalent) or less. Additionally, images must not be agressively cropped. Some argue in favor of no cropping at all whereas others impose a 10% crop limit. In short, you have to get close to your subjects. 

In the words of Bruce Gilden: "If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it's a street photograph." Let me quote Mr Gilden again: "I'm known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get." While on the subject, recall Robert Capa's famous quote: "If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough." Most people are affraid to get close when they start at street photography. The good news is that such a fear wears out as time goes by. Is is tense? Yes, sure it is. Very tense indeed. But the photographer must be part of the scene and that should be clear in his/her images.