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The History of Street Photography 3-Part Photography Workshop

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Mike's Camera Inc.

759 South Colorado Boulevard

Denver, CO 80246

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Join us for this 3-part workshop to gain a better understanding of the history of street photography, from its origins in Paris in the late 1800s to Chicago storage lockers in 2007, and learn techniques that both define and refine street photography.

Part 1: Lecture: Thursday May 31, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Mike's Camera Denver.

Part 2: Walk: Saturday June 2, 2018 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. we will meet at 16th Street and Colfax (the beginning of the mall)

Part 3: Critique: Saturday June 2, 2018 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M at (Wynkoop Brewing Company -1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202).


Part 1: Lecture: Thursday May 31, 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Mike's Camera Denver.

We will start with a lecture to gain a better understanding of the origins of street photography as it began on the streets of Paris in the late 1800s with the father of street photography, Eugene Atget. This lecture will explore those influenced by Eugene Atget as well as those disciples who influenced the future of the discipline of street photography in their own right.

While Atget laid the foundation for the fundamentals of street photography, the history of street photography has evolved as a result of social changes like urbanization, war and immigration, as well as technological changes like the advent of the 35mm Leica camera and the commercialization of how news is distributed. These topics will be discussed, as will photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and his contemporaries, the founders of the Magnum group.

Following Atget, we will review the work of his contemporaries and those who followed; people like Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, an English pioneering photographic artist whose work presented an enduring record of life in the seaside town of Whitby England and its surrounding areas in the late Victorian era. We'll end with the work of Vivian Maier, the almost-unknown street photographer.

During her lifetime, Vivian, kept her photographs private and showed them to no one. In 2007, the contents of her storage locker, including some 100,000 negatives, were auctioned in Chicago due to delinquent payments. After the discovery of her extensive collection, champions of Maier’s photographs have worked tirelessly to give these images their proper recognition with exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.

Maier has been compared to the greatest street photographers in the canon of art history, including Lisette Model, Helen Levitt, Walker Evans, and André Kertész (whose work will also be examined in this lecture).

From Atget to Maier to you. The intent of this lecture is to provide you with a visual springboard to create your own style and philosophy and to begin your journey in street photography.

Part 2: Walk: Saturday June 2, 2018 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. we will meet at 16th Street and Colfax (the beginning of the mall)

We will begin our street photography group walk on the 16th street mall and Colfax Avenue. From there we will have the ability to implement the lessons we learned from the masters of street photography, those who have taken so many iconic photographs of our days. This walk will end at the Chalk–Art Festival at Larimer square.

Part 3: Critique: Saturday June 2, 2018 8:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M at (Wynkoop Brewing Company -1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202).

The critique will allow us to discuss our results and learn form each other’s successes and failures over a cold beer and a slice of pizza.


What You'll Learn

By reviewing the works of the great street photographers from the past 100+ years, you will be inspired to follow in their footsteps and will have refined your eye for the elements that make classic photos classic. We will review proper etiquette for street photography, as well as techniques in composition, lighting, and the proper equipment.

Required Equipment: DSLR or mirrorless ILC strongly recommended, but any camera should do as long as you have the storage space and battery life.

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