Jun 082014
 

India is the setting of this week's column. Though Raghu Rai did shoot extensively in B&W, color is one of the main traits of India, so I'll focus on this side of his extensive body of work..

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Quick facts/observations about Raghu Rai
 
- Indian born (1942-…), Raghu Rai got into photojournalism in 1965.
- impressioned by his talent, Henri Cartier Bresson appointed him to the Magnum agency in 1971.
- Raghu Rai has already published 18 books, quite a prolific amount for a photographer.
- he experimented with various types of cameras, mostly 35mm. Yet some of his best known work was shot with a panoramic film camera.
- his pictures often contain a high amount of details, often not perceived in a first glance. It is the sum of these details that make some of his photographs outstanding.
- though his work as photojournalist led him to produce some tough and violent work, his street photography is often full of poetry and humour.
- on creativity : "To be creative is to be thirsty with the kind of craving that comes from within, to listen to the whispers of life and nature and to walk on the tips of your toes till you have merged with the world around you. Then comes your intuition into play. Your search, your discoveries become a celebration of life."**
 
If I could ask him a question ….
 
- Raghu Rai's India : Color or B&W ?
 
To discover more about Raghu Rai :
 
- Books : Raghu Rai… in His Own Words (Pocket art series)**  A pocket book in B&W.
               Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Colour   Large size book 100% color
               Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Black and White  Same format as above, but 100% B&W
- Link: an extensive interview of Raghu Rai by Invisible Photographer Asia.
 
If you missed any of the previous column of "Masters of street photography", I have created a new page where you'll find all the masters featured previously.

Jun 062014
 

If they won't let you ride the little horse on the merry-go-round, then squat the stroller.  (click on picture for high res)

Ride the stroller Yanidel

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4.0, 1/250, ISO160

Jun 042014
 

I suppose that for once, the resemblance is not so much physically, but probably about the way to go about life. Take it easy man. And yep, dog strollers do exist … (click on picture for high res)

like dog like master IV

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.0, 1/750, ISO160

Jun 032014
 

How many beginning and end of relationships did the Seine River witness from down below. All these moments caught and slowly flowed to the infinite sea. (click on picture for high raise)

Over the seine lovers Yanidel

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/750, ISO160

Jun 012014
 

This is already week four of this new column and definitely time to introduce the work of a woman street photographer, that is Helen Levitt. Though a lot of her early pictures were shot in Black & White, Iet's have a look at her New York City color work.

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Quick facts/observations about Helen Levitt
 
- American born (1909-2009), she took pictures for nearly 70 years, mostly in New York City.
- kids and working class neighbourhoods were among her favorite subjects, documenting their life conditions.
- she mounted a right-angled viewfinder on her Leica to remain unnoticed in the streets.
- she worked with Walker Evans early on, another master of street photography.
- in 1943, she already had a solo exhibition at the MOMA in New York.
- after a successful career in Black and White, she switched to color dye-transfer in the 60's.
- the slides of most of her 1960's color work were stolen from her house. She had to start all over again.
- she returned to B&W at the very end of her career, using a lighter Contax to relieve her back pain.
- Talking about nowadays, she said : “I go where there’s a lot of activity, children used to be outside. Now the streets are empty. People are indoors looking at television or something.”**
 
If I could ask her a question ….
- what do you think of cloud storage ?
 
To discover more about Helen Levitt
- Book : Helen Levitt
- **Link: New York Times article published after her death in 2009. Full of great information about her career.
 
If you missed it last week, have a look at the work of Fred Herzog.