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Business / Philosophy of Photography Taking pics is one thing, but understanding why we take them, what they mean, what they are best used for, how they effect our reality -- all of these and more are important issues of the Philosophy of Photography. One of the best authors on the subject is Susan Sontag in her book "On Photography."

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Old 03-01-2013   #1
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Where are they?

Today; where are the Winogrands, the Joel Meyerowitz, the Elliot Erwitts?

Are they in us?
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Meyerowitz lives in New York, while Erwitt's in Paris. Winogrand is dead, but probably not sufficiently decomposed back to the elements to be "in us".

If you mean Are there photographic geniuses around today, yes I'm sure there are. But I'm afraid most photos have been done by now, so it's hard to recognize a star when you see one.
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do u mean photographic artists or in specially street photographers? i think there are quite some artists out there, some even well known (e.g. gursky)

street photographers? in my very personal opinion i think the time of street photography is a bit over now.
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do u mean photographic artists or in specially street photographers? i think there are quite some artists out there, some even well known (e.g. gursky)

street photographers? in my very personal opinion i think the time of street photography is a bit over now.
i hope not...that would mean i'm just wasting my time...
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What, Eric Kim doesn't do it for you..????
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In the past, some wonderful photographers operated in obscurity, hidden and invisible because they never came to the attention of those who could bring their work to the public. Today they are hidden amongst the waves of rubbish published on the internet.
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In the past, some wonderful photographers operated in obscurity, hidden and invisible because they never came to the attention of those who could bring their work to the public. Today they are hidden amongst the waves of rubbish published on the internet.
which part of this applies to me chris?
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i hope not...that would mean i'm just wasting my time...

Doing what makes you happy is never a waste of time!
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true...but i really wanna be rich and famous!!
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Craig Semetko, Nils Jorgensen, Eric Kim (?), Severin Koller...

And of course, already established photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb, and Bruce Gilden still have some years ahead of them.

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do u mean photographic artists or in specially street photographers? i think there are quite some artists out there, some even well known (e.g. gursky)

street photographers? in my very personal opinion i think the time of street photography is a bit over now.
While I can definitely understand where you're coming from, I have to disagree. Street photography has been seeing a massive revival over the past 5-10 years. Every new era brings a new set of things to document and preserve for future generations. Those quintessentially "2013" images. And there's still the cliches that people still eat up, anyways. Not to mention, we're starting to see people from outside the traditional street cities (NYC, London, Paris, Tokyo) get recognition, which shows the world and eye into new environments. LA in particular has seen a lot of growth in interest in street photography, as has Berlin and many Asian cities.
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LA in particular has seen a lot of growth in interest in street photography.
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@ back alley...

Quote.. ''.. but I really wanna be rich and famous !!''...

You're famous here on RFF for a number of reasons, Joe - how much more fame can you handle ?

As for becoming rich, have you considered prospecting for gold - far easier than making money from photography, I've heard... (!)
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You can search through here and find something that does it for you most likely...

http://www.in-public.com/photographers
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Meyerowitz lives in New York, while Erwitt's in Paris. Winogrand is dead, but probably not sufficiently decomposed back to the elements to be "in us".

If you mean Are there photographic geniuses around today, yes I'm sure there are. But I'm afraid most photos have been done by now, so it's hard to recognize a star when you see one.
... decomposing eh? ... I don't think he ever learned to compose in the first place
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Not only that photographers are not becoming famous for the quality of their work, even some of the past famous photographers are losing their standing...
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Jeff Mermelstein comes to mind.
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There's the whole Weeks/Kim/Semetko thing, plus a ton of lesser known photographers based in LA. These three have started street photography after the turn of the century. Before that, I don't know of much LA street photography, although I know there is some.
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I was kidding about Eric Kim.....
About the whole LA thing, internet fame is a little different than photography..
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Perhaps. But he is known and that counts for something. I don't like Bruce Gilden, but you can't discount his fame.

Craig Semetko doesn't seem to have much of an internet following. He has little more out there than the greats. Weeks you could argue is more internet fame than anything, the anti-Eric Kim, I guess.

There's also quite a bit of lesser known stuff coming from LA from photographers who might one day be well regarded and "famous."
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@ back alley...

Quote.. ''.. but I really wanna be rich and famous !!''...

You're famous here on RFF for a number of reasons, Joe - how much more fame can you handle ?

As for becoming rich, have you considered prospecting for gold - far easier than making money from photography, I've heard... (!)
...for a number of reasons...do i want to know?
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Street photography will always be as long as there is a man with camera and a street full of people.
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Today; where are the Winogrands, the Joel Meyerowitz, the Elliot Erwitts?

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I would ask the question slightly different... Today; where is the audience for the Winogrands, the Joel Meyerowitz, the Elliott Erwitts ? Where are the iconic "Life" and "Time" where the photos of the famous were published that made them famous ?

These days we have blogs, and "street-photography workshops" held by guys who are good at self-marketing by writing a blog ...
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They're staring at their IPhone screens. Well, at least we can enjoy each others photographs.
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The question used to be- How did he do that? Amazing!

Now the question is- What I do is more amazing than anyone's, why aren't I famous? I deserve it!
Spot on... and it makes you wonder if those who think they are better really know how to see.
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... decomposing eh? ... I don't think he ever learned to compose in the first place
Heh. But he did know when life composed itself.
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Heh. But he did know when life composed itself.
... ah, right ... perhaps he should have photographed that then?
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