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.

Abonnez-vous au tableau Helen Levitt de Yanidel sur Pinterest.

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.
May 302014

There is no better place than the parks of Paris to rest for a few minutes from the city frenziness. And why not do it with Notre Dame in sight. (click on picture for high res)

love in the parks Yanidel

Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

May 282014

Would they find their way better with a smartphone ? Probably not.  (click on picture for high res)

lost in the city Yanidel II

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160


May 252014

After Austria last week and Ernst Haas, we move a bit North to Germany, birth place of photographer Fred Herzog. Similarly to Ernst Haas, it is in North America that Fred Herzog produced most of his street work during the 50's and 60's, more specifically in the Canadian city of Vancouver.

Discover a full series of his pictures by clicking on the Pinterest link below.

Abonnez-vous au tableau Fred Herzog de Yanidel sur Pinterest.

Quick facts/observations about Fred Herzog
– Though he spent the first 20 years of his life in Germany, he only started to take pictures seriously once in Canada.
– He shot mostly side film (Kodachrome), making great use of its saturated colors.
– he shot mostly working class people in ordinary daily situations.
– like many street photographers, it is only recently that his work has been discovered by the general public. 
– Fred Herzog is a great example of how street photographers help document daily life for future generations to discover them.
– on color vs B&W "First of all when you do black and white all have is the basic resource, a negative. That needs a lot of dancing around the darkroom and time and patience and energy. You should ideally be a man of leisure, an English gentleman. And a lot of English gentlemen did serious and beautiful photography. But I didn’t have time for that. That’s one reason [I did colour slides]. I’d get 36 slides back, beautiful, finish."**
If I could ask him a question ….
– did you have a long beard that needed to be trimmed several days a week ?
To discover more about Fred Herzog
Interview : do not miss this great interview of Fred Herzog on American SuburbX **, full of insights on his career and way to work.