Have you thought about it?
By Natalie Tsang
October 19, 2011
What is it?
Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features people and objects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, shopping centers, and political settings. Street photography uses the techniques of "straight photography" in that it attempts to hold up a mirror to society. While it often has the reputation of being ironic and critical, it can also be poignant, personal, and rich in metaphor.
History and Background
Street photography emerged in the late 19th century and was an important form of expression and art for almost a century. It has been predominantly shot on black and white film and happened around the same time as the invention of the portable camera. Key players include Henri Cartier- Bresson, Robert Frank, and Andre Kertesz. Metaphysical, surreal, still, or with a sense of momentum, street photography has paralleled various art movements over time. However, it is still a popular form today and people often shoot with the camera at the waist to take photographs without people noticing.
How can it be applied to your wedding?
Street photography is extremely literal and realistic. Its aim is to capture the truth no matter how piercing or whimsical. What better place for that besides a wedding where emotions run the gamut? While it would be overly stylized and youd get a really random set of photos if you wanted everything in this style, a touch of street photography here and there can add an interesting flavor.
There are no fancy angles. While it is hard work, the photos seem effortless and direct. They are often surprising. It's photojournalism, but grittier and more colorful. This is great for engagement sessions or the first look in urban weddings. If you and your photographer are comfortable working in a public setting, this can be a wonderful, unique set of pictures that not only document your wedding but also the time, place, and culture around it.
What should I do?
Your guests wont be pleased if all their group photos are candid, but you can have your photographer take pictures while your guests or party walk to or enter to the venue. Make sure you dont introduce your photographer so your guests arent tense or formal around him. If you want a street photography feel to your engagement photos, do your best to ignore the photographer, talk to your honey, flirt, enjoy the scenery while he follows you. Dont make eye contact unless he tells you to.
Or you can pretend that youre famous and being stalked by a paparazzi!