33. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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THERE IS OFTEN some overlap between subjects or genres in photography. Such is the case with street photography, which typically refers to unplanned, chance encounters and life-as-it-happens moments of people captured in public spaces (Figure 33.1). This is not to say that there has to be people in the shot; sometimes an image in this genre can show the visual mood and textures of a location.

The name of the genre is useful because it instantly conveys to most people a certain style and subject matter, but it’s also a bit confining—though the street is certainly a common location for this type of photography, not all “street ...

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