Why do you shoot? What drives you to pick up that camera day in and day out and hit the streets? Money? Fame? Or something more intrinsically satisfying? Josh Rose ponders these questions and draws his own conclusions in The Photographers Creed. It’s a manifesto for living life as an image maker that will strike a chord with a lot of street shooters. Hit he jump to read the article!
Black And White
In Public’s Blake Andrews is an outspoken street photographer and blogger based in Eugene Oregon. He shoots mostly black and white film and while his work fits within a broad definition of street photography, he sees himself as a photographer first. Looking for images wherever they can be found. I sat down with Blake to talk about the process of finding images and making photographs. Hit the jump to read the interview!
Trent Parke’s Minutes To Midnight is one of the most beautiful black and white photo books ever published and is considered a must-have by street and documentary photographers alike. Trent talks about spending 2 years on the road in Australia as he shot the images for the book and ultimately created the life of his son, Jem. Hit the jump to watch the video!
The new Leica Monochrom (Typ 246) has been announced and will be available in stores on May 7, 2015 for $7450 USD. By the look of things it’s just a black chrome version of the Leica M-P with a black and white only sensor. Is this Leica’s next classic rangefinder that every street shooter will want to own? Hit the jump for more details.
The VSCO Tri-X preset is widely regarded as one of the best ways to simulate the classic Kodak black and white film and now it’s free! Visual Supply Co. is giving away their two most popular presets (Tri-X and Kodak Gold 100) in the new VSCO Film 00 Starter Pack. Did I mention it’s free? Hit the jump for more info.
He’s one of the most prolific street photographers working today and his trademark black and white style is instantly recognizable. Rinzi Ruiz makes the streets of downtown Los Angeles his canvas as he elevates the ordinary moments of passers-by into monuments of style and grace. I sat down with Rinzi to discuss his photographic journey and what it means to be a street photographer. Hit the jump for the full interview!
Tractor Boys by Martin Bogren is a beautiful little book that documents a group of teenage boys in Sweden who spend their spare time racing old cars that have been converted for use on farms. The grainy black and white photos have a soft, almost dream-like focus that makes the book more about a time, a place or a particular mood than it does about a specific set of actions. Hit the jump for the full review.
The popularity of modern digital cameras hasn’t removed our desire for classic looking monochrome images and converting to black and white is an artform unto itself. We take a look at Gary Tyson’s method for getting a dramatic analog look and see how it holds up in the real world. Hit the jump for video tutorial and sample pics.
The black and white I SHOT IT photo contest closes in 6 days and the prize is currently sitting at over $5,000 plus a Leica Monochrom! The cash amount will likely triple by the end of the contest but either way it’s hard to ignore the chance to win one of the most alluring cameras in the recent history. Dig out your best black and white shots and hit the jump for more details.