Street photography is a very popular genre right now, but it is nothing new. Award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz started his photography career in the early ’60s when photographers like Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander were roaming the sidewalks of urban communities.
In a video by Phaidon Press, Joel shares some of the most fundamental elements of street photography. “What you put in and what you leave out [of the frame] are what determines the meaning … of the photograph,” he explains. With an artistic vision that goes beyond simply creating perfect “copies” of real life, he describes how even those elements outside the frame can impact what’s inside and how SLR cameras are at a significant disadvantage for street photography work.