Blumberg, Naomi. “Street Photography.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica,Web. 13 June 2016.

  • Street photography is very similar to 19th century Impressionist painters who also wanted people in public places to be their subjects. (25 July 2016)
  • One of the first street photographers was Charles Négre who worked in the 1850s, shooting subjects like shops, musicians, and peddlers. Négre struggled to find a suitable camera. (June 13)
  • Négre eventually used the calotype camera, invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1841. It could capture one picture/minute, much faster than the 15 – 30 minutes required for other cameras. (June 13)
  • Charles Marville was a photographer in Paris at the same time as Atget. Marville was hired to document a planning project as it occurred. Atget wanted to document the streets of Paris before they were demolished. Marville was a documentary photographer, but Atget wanted to show the city he loved, his photos aren’t documents. They show his view of the city. (25 July)
  • The decisive moment is the moment “in which the elements of a photograph come together with clarity.” (25 July)
  • After WWII, street photography was becoming more controversial and provocative. The subjects were often profane and vulgar, and not traditionally beautiful. (25 July)
  • After WWII, street photography’s aesthetic changed technically as well. Street photographs were often taken from different angles and were also often blurry. (25 July)
  • Robert Frank changed the way of taking photographs. He often didn’t look through his viewfinder, preferring his photos to feel more like a stream-of-consciousness. Previous street photographers, like Cartier-Bresson, had wanted to create a single perfect photograph.  (25 July)