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Bikie John
18th January 2016, 12:10 PM
A toggie friend pointed out this article:

https://medium.com/vantage/niall-mcdiarmid-captures-the-faces-of-our-times-b2bb937b03af#.54z46kwci

It's about Niall McDiarmid who makes portraits on the street so it's a sort of composite genre. I don't normally go a bundle on portraits but I really liked this work, and the accompanying article is interesting too.

John

cariadus
18th January 2016, 01:32 PM
Thanks for posting that - very interesting. I sometimes fantasise about having the bottle to ask people for street portraits, but I know it's not going to happen!

An excellent exponent of street portraits is Khalik Allah:
http://time.com/3589404/meet-harlems-official-street-photographer/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/71883347@N07/

Bikie John
18th January 2016, 07:20 PM
Thanks for the links Roger. Very atmospheric portraits and he sounds like an interesting guy. I rather like he idea of being an "official photographer" of a street corner.

John

Crazy Dave
18th January 2016, 10:43 PM
I have really enjoyed this link, there is so much to admire and I shall definitely follow Nialls work. I've just got home from a really good talk from a sports photographer however, he doesn't take pictures of people on the street he doesn't know. Understandable but when you take a picture of a stranger, you get to know that person sometimes fleetingly but then I've been taking pictures of the same guy on the street for five years. This can be very rewarding.

This Christmas I was given a book 'Humans of New York - Stories. It's apparently a best seller but for me, does not have the integrity of McDiarmid's work.

David

cariadus
19th January 2016, 12:39 AM
Thanks for the links Roger. Very atmospheric portraits and he sounds like an interesting guy. I rather like he idea of being an "official photographer" of a street corner.

He is indeed a fascinating character, and the level of skill involved in his photography is breathtaking. Most of his shots are taken at night but he mostly uses Portra 160 and a 50mm/1.2 wide open, and yet manages to nail the focus, while making the shots seem completely natural. And the streets of Harlem at night are not the easiest place for a photographer to work.

There are lots of Youtube videos about him, like this one:
Khalik Allah | TIME Lightbox - YouTube

He's truly insirational.

pandora
19th January 2016, 09:50 PM
I can't imagine what reaction you'd get here if you went into town in some of those getups!