Street photography : inspiration

updated 25 May 2008

I took the opportunity to visit the Hasselblad center in Gothenburg. To my surprise and delight the exhibition was one of a Swedish photographer, presenting black and white work only : fine art baryte prints. Yes, nostalgia and poetry at the same time.

Here’s the link to the current exhibition ‘En bild i taget’ by Gunnar Smoliansky and here’s a link to Mr Smoliansky’s website.

“Hans bilder visar vardagliga händelser och de små detaljerna vi andra oftast missar. Även om bilderna är geografiskt lokala har de ett allmängiltigt budskap med en igenkänning som gör dem universella”.

Some work on the website is showing at the Hasselblad center, but at the museum one can also see fine portraits and self portraits. The exhibition is about street photography too.

And street photography happens to have my interest at the moment. My first try outs took place in Gothenburg (before I saw the exhibition ;-)) and in the streets of Liège, last Saturday… But more about that in a following post…

A “street photographer” (personally I would say documentary photographer…) that you might know is Garry Winogrand. Interesting reading and inspiration for me.


Garry Winogrand with Bill Moyers, Creativity, WNET, 1982
When I’m photographing, I see life. That’s what I deal with. I don’t have pictures in my head. I frame in terms of what I want to include, and naturally, when I want to snap the shutter. And I don’t worry about how the picture’s gonna look – I let that take care of itself. We know too much about how pictures look and should look, and how do you get around making those pictures again and again. It’s one modus operandi. To frame in terms of what you want to have in the picture, not about how – making a nice picture. That, anybody can do”.


“Volume, Volume, Volume. Garry Winogrand is famous for having exposed three rolls of Kodak TRI-X black and white film on the streets of New York City every day for his entire adult life. That’s 100 pictures a day, 36,500 a year, a million every 30 years. Winogrand died in 1984 leaving more than 2500 rolls of film exposed but undeveloped, 6500 rolls developed but not proofed, and 3000 rolls proofed but not examined (a total of a third of a million unedited exposures).

This is the kind of dedication that you need to bring to a street photography project if you hope to achieve greatness”.

Garry Winogrand/street photographer

WNYC Street Shots: Bruce Gilden

—————————————————————————————” | Streets of Gothenburg : 30 April 2008 | Chalmers Cortège Committé (CCC)