It wasn’t that long ago when photography was a roll of film that took hours to develop in a dark room and, as a result, few people took pictures. Today, with the ascent of digital photography and the ubiquity of the smartphone, almost everyone has turned into a happy snapper!
A few frames, or even several thousand ‘selfies’, however, does not make you a star of street photography – a genre historically known and practiced by comparatively few people.
Around twenty years ago, street photography started to really sit up and get noticed. It was, of course, in the late 90’s that the first wave of consumer-focused digital cameras arrived – surely not a coincidence. Like the invention of the “Leica format” film (35mm), the digital camera, complete with its increased mobility, inspired a whole new generation of street shooters.
Now, armed with their instant-review digital cameras, a new generation of street photographers suddenly seemed to be everywhere. At the same time, the hardcore pro-shooters who, buoyed by the ease of home printing and publishing, started to loosen their grip on film and embrace the new technology as well. As a result of all of this, the photo sharing phenomenon boomed and continues to do so! StreetPhotography.com is here to help you, the street photography enthusiast, navigate these crowded waters.