A great street portrait is more than just a photograph of a stranger. In many ways that person being photographed and the photographer enter a collaboration. The subject is choosing to open themselves to being revealed and interpreted by the photographer. And the photographer, if he’s adept enough, is communicating what they find fascinating and beautiful about that subject. And in the hands of a really good photographer, they reveal something about the community and the culture they exist in.

 

Shawn Theodore is just such a photographer. Known as @_xST on Instagram, the photographer who calls Philadelphia home has been creating a remarkable series of portraits largely of African American men and women of various generations against the colorful backdrops that exist in rapidly changing urban communities. His work is as much a chronicler of a people at a specific time as it is a bold statement of what it means to be black, to be beautiful and be visible.

Resources:

  • Shawn Theodore aka @_xST (https://instagram.com/_xst/?hl=en)
  • Nema Etebar (http://www.nemaetebar.com/)

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We all live such ordinary lives. We get up each morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, get ready for work or get the kids ready for school. We go through each day in activities that are very similar to the ones that we’ve done the day before and the day before that, making the time seem like some kind of homogenous blur. We don’t think of those moments as being especially interesting or even memorable.

 

Yet, in the hands of the right photographer those very same moments can be fodder for something interesting, beautiful and even poignant. Moments that are both familiar and ordinary can take on a quality that reveals something about ourselves and each other that we often miss in the blur that is our lives.

 

Photographer, Susan Rosenberg Jones is a photographer who is able to do that, whether she is photographing her neighbors in her New York apartment complex or her husband during the private and intimate moments of their lives together. Susan demonstrates that there is nothing that is too ordinary or undeserving of our attention, when it is observed with curiosity, respect and love. 

 

Resources:

 

 

Susan Rosenberg Jones 

http://www.susanrosenbergjones.com/

 

 

Karen Marshall 

http://www.karenmarshallphoto.com/

 

 

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Once you’ve made the decision to practice photography and after you’ve made the investment in a camera and software, well, that’s when the real challenge begins. The questions becomes how you get from being yet another guy or gal with a camera to one that actually produces work that is unique, beautiful and hopefully personal.

 

Yet, as difficult and challenging as that might be, we see examples of ordinary people make work that stuns and inspires, using the vary same tools that we readily have access to. Jaime Ibarra is one such photographer.

 

Jaime Ibarra is a self-taught photographer whose creative life began as a musician, then a graphic designer and eventually a photographer. But even though photography came later in his life, he used the skills he he had developed teaching himself music to teach himself how to do extraordinary things with a one camera, one lens and Photoshop.

 

Resources:

 

Jaime Ibarra

http://ibarraphoto.com/

 

 

Oprisco

http://www.oprisco.com/

 

 

Los Angeles Center of Photography

http://juliadean.com/an-evening-with-ibarionex-perello-sept-22/

 

 

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There are different stories about what leads a person to pick up a camera to do more than just making snapshots. Some of these stories begin high school course, or when they have their first child or when they look at somebody else’s work and think to themselves, “I could do that”.

 

For this week’s guest Michelle Rick, her decision to begin practicing photography came from frustrations with another art form, writing. She had always considered herself a storyteller and had earned an MFA in creative writing at the New School, but when she struggled to make the transition for writing short stories to a novel, she struggled. She soon found an outlet for frustration and anxiety with a camera.  Within a short time, she found herself exploring her creativity on the streets of New York.

 

Within a short period of time, she has become adept at using light, color and the theater of the street to make beautiful photographs of the city that she loves. She is continually challenging herself, not satisfied to merely produce images that look pleasing, but that reveal something of herself.

 

Resources:

 

Michelle Rick

http://www.michellerick.com

 

Roy DeCarava

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_DeCarava

 

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