Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario

Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario

Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario

He’s Baaaaack … 

You know him. You still love him. One of our brothers from another mother, the outspoken half of the Street Shots podcast, Antonio M. Rosario, joins us once again for another fun episode. Side note: we MISS you, Tom.

Thanks to a PetaPixel article, we continue the conversation on killing street photography and ask ourselves if we are all guilty of this crime. Say it isn’t so!

Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario

 

Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario

Join the Convo

Killing street photography – is this continued chatter about the slaughter of a genre many of us love taking it too far? If so, what can we as an industry do about it? If not, please tell us why you think there is really only a bark, but very little bite to this popular opinion. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please chime in on our blog, Twitter and Bookface. As always, you can subscribe for free via iTunes and Stitcher!

Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario
Image by Antonio M. Rosario | ©amrosario

Huge thanks to Antonio for coming back on the show and answering the bat signal! You can check out his personal work if you have yet to do so, and also his podcast, Street Shots! Don’t forget to check out episode 52 of Street Shots where Mac fills in for Tom as co-host with Antonio!

Thanks as always for tuning in!

Cheers, y’all!

#changetheconversation

Links from the show:

Antonio M. Rosario, Photographer

Street Shots Ep52 – Sensorama

Is Street Photography Killing Itself? / via PetaPixel

Thomas Stanworth  – Photographer (author of article)

The Photo Fundamentalist

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2 thoughts on “Episode 158 »» Killing Street Photography with Antonio M. Rosario”

  1. Sid, Mac, and Antonio,

    Just got done listening to episode 158 on my way home from work – great show!

    I think the issue of the proliferation of street photography and how to handle it can be boiled down to an idea of NOISE versus VOLUME.

    The way I see it, NOISE is the collective constant stream of all the images everyone calls “street photography”. There is no way any individual could ever look at all of it in a hundred lifetimes. When anyone, craft master or charlatan, engages in street photography, they add to the NOISE with every image they create. NOISE is all encompassing and cannot be regulated, and NOISE will dominate everything else around it IF you don’t rein it in (pun intended).

    VOLUME, on the other hand, is how much of the NOISE you are willing to expose yourself to. VOLUME is able to be regulated and controlled. You can turn VOLUME up or down, just like on a stereo. Choose your influences carefully, keep an open mind and an open eye ready to accept new photographic influences, but don’t allow just any photos in. To use Antonio’s expression, place value only on those images and photographers that truly resonate with the intent of your own vision. That way, you significantly reduce the VOLUME; you eliminate the NOISE which makes it impossible to differentiate the images that resonate from the rest of the pack; and, you set parameters for a sub-genre that you would like for your work to fit into – for me, those influences include Garry Winogrand and Louis Faurer and local (Baltimore) photographer Patrick Joust (there are many others, too – just not ALL the others).

    Think of it like Kool-Aid. You have an envelope of flavored drink mix powder (grape or cherry or Scotch for Mac). All you have to do to make the Kool-Aid is to dump the drink mix powder into water. You will end up with the same solution whether you dump the drink mix powder into a pitcher or into the ocean. However, you can only regulate the Kool-Aid to suit your taste if you carefully control the VOLUME of water into which you mix the powder. The same goes for street photography. You can only have it suit your taste when consumed and mixed in the proper quantity relative to the NOISE.

    BTW, I have been actively concerned with street photography since my days as a film-based photography student which started back in 1999. They were arguing this same debate back then, too. From what I can gather, any street photography created after the heyday of Life Magazine is generally regarded as superfluous. Be that as it may, I still enjoy it, so I’ll keep drinkin’ the Kool-Aid, according to my own taste.

    Love the show! Take care!

    Michael
    Delta, Pennsylvania

  2. P.S. Please scrap the “(pun intended)”. I was thinking ahead of myself. Somewhere in the twists of my post midnight and very tired mind it was funny; but, that’s not any place you’d wanna be.

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