– pic: viennastreetstyle.com / paint: CARMENCITA –
Lookin`round, the battle of the city with the best style is omnipresent. Sure it`s nice to watch good-looking people, but is it all about fashion, defining places to live in ? What does this kind of photography tell us? Nothing, I guess. As far as the eye can see, there are stylish people around. They even don`t need to open their mouth for beeing mentioned, suffice it to say they´re looking smart as hell. Contemporary Streetstyle- Photography is actually pointing a finger at stylish people, lacking any critical background.
It may be a sign of our times, but the roots of Street Photography aren`t as fresh as they purport to be. One can find first roots in the beginning of the 20th century developpping from documentary black&white photography towards a direction more coloured and accentuating the photographer`s personal view. Best example seems to be Charles H. Traub (*1945) who started with snapshots of passers-by in black&white, then changing to coloured photos, still focussing on quadratic medium format. With simultaneous consideration of social and ethnical diversity he executed a typology of New York`s population. The street-shots were made between 1976 and 1979. Close inspection reveals he had an eye on people, on characters, on atmosphere and personality, for its about people`s entity, what they´re doing and thinking making a city an interesting, lively place to be. Style makes fun but is just a minor matter.
Interested in development of street-photography? See more in current exhibition New York/Street Photography at WIEN MUSEUM, Vienna.
Once a friend of mine, himself teaching fashion at university, mentioned everybody willing to be REALLY individual. But actually it seems, if somebody has asked: Who´d come to an lonely island? Everybody shouting: ME!!! See a selection of people on very loneley islands in the following collection of more or less interesting, actually streetstyle photography:
GARANCE DORÉ (PARIS)
THE SATORIALIST (NEW YORK)