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  1. I appreciate your photographic work and learn a lot from it and your writing. But … it’s very hard to read what you write because of the light font color. Can you do anything about that?

    1. Thanks Seagull – I will try to make it a little darker.

  2. Obviously, some places like New York will be much easier to do this than others, but that shouldn’t stop you.

    Every article I have ever read about street photography focuses on large cities like New York. It seems like anonymity is intrinsic to street photography. If this is untrue then why do I see so no rural or small town or suburban street photography? Even a Google search for Princeton street photography returns link to your Princeton Photo Workshop field trip, “The Real New York Soho”.

    So if street photography is truly possible anywhere, I challenge you to do a field trip in Princeton or Hopewell or Lambertville.

    1. Hey Khurt – it totally is possible and fairly prevalent in small towns. It just happens to be much more prevalent in large cities because there is a lot more going on there and a lot more photographers, so it tends to drown out work done in smaller towns and places. Look up William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Lee Friedlander, Todd Hido, Robert Frank, Trent Parke, Alex Webb – there are many out there doing this.

  3. The photo under “use your eyes”, was that taken in Miami? I have a similar one of a storefront downtown, Miami.
    Thank you for articles and sharing your experience. My daughter and I love street photography and venture through Rochester, NY. We are always getting asked, “What are you taking a picture of?” My husband has started to leave me behind, knowing I will catch up eventually. 🙂

    1. It was actually taking in New York, on the LES. Great that you’re both photographing. My wife does the same.

  4. Gracias por los consejos, Me sirven, pues estoy haciendo ahora un proyecto de foto callejera. Tengo varias fotos de hace 2 años pero no tenía claro el formal de lo que quería. He leído mucho sobre los autores que recomiendas y me he visto influenciado.
    Respecto a las leyes de cada país, con toda razón. Vivo en México y es muy complicado pero no imposible. Tomas fotos de la gente y ya te ganaste una grosería. En fin, Gracias por el artículo.

    Espero puedas ver algo de mis fotos y puedas hacerme alguna crítica constructiva en mi Instagram:


  5. I agree with the “light font” comment. It seams that everything on the internet is heading towards a white screen. It is actually work to read and enjoy an article.

  6. Wow! How wonderful!
    I was thinking, since I am an older less assuming person, that that would help me to blend into the street action while photographing.
    What do you think, James.
    And by the way, I’ll repeat myself with saying, how wonderful!

    1. Thanks Maureen! I think that definitely can be an advantage, but really it’s all about how you carry yourself out there. Some people certainly standout no matter what they do, but for most if you act right you can blend in fairly easily. Glad you enjoyed the article!

  7. I also have trouble reading the font on your site. Is there any way to make it somewhat darker? I love your site but can barely read anything you write due to the light font you use.

  8. Thank you for creating such an in-depth article. Great work

    1. My pleasure Wesley – glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Brilliant Article James
    Curious as to how you address model release .. as different countries has different rules?

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Gareth! In the U.S. you do not need a model release to use it for art or education purposes. You would need one for advertising or commercial purposes but I don’t use it for that. Many countries have similar laws but others are much more strict, so definitely look into local laws.

  10. This is super amazing I love street photography.

    1. Happy you enjoyed the article Vincent!

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  12. EXCELLENT advice! And really great photos in the classic street photography tradition.

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  14. Thank you so much for mentioning Bruce Davidson. I recall having a photo book of his, but could not remember his name. Thank you for all that you share with us — you are a great teacher! So thankful for everything you post.

    1. Really appreciate this comment Babsie – so happy you enjoy all the writing!

  15. Thank you for your great blog .this blog is very much helpful for new photographers.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Sophie!

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