My Top Five Street Photographers


William Klein

© William Klein
© William Klein

William Klein is an American photographer and filmmaker who is well known for his iconic street and fashion photography. His unusual photographic techniques and ability to fully engage with his subjects has produced a phenomenal body of work.

© William Klein
© William Klein

Originally a painter and sculptor, Klein achieved fame whilst working for Vogue as a fashion photographer and for his photo essays on various cities, including his hometown of New York.

© William Klein
© William Klein

He was awarded the Prix Nadar in 1957, the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in 1999, and the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award at the Sony World Photography Awards in 2012.

Videos On Klein

  1. The Many Lives Of William Klein
  2. William Klein: In Pictures

More On Klein

  1. 10 Lessons William Klein Has Taught Me About Street Photography By Eric Kim
  2. An interview with William Klein in the Guardian
  3. A gallery of William Klein’s photographs

Dadio Moriyama

© Dadio Moriyama
© Dadio Moriyama

Dadio Moriyama is a Japanese street photographer famous for depicting a forever changing post-war Japan. His high contrast images of untold subjects provide a glimpse into a kind darkness which we sometimes miss or ignore.

Dadio Moriyama
Dadio Moriyama

For Dadio simplicity is key, he doesn’t use expensive cameras or worry if his focus or settings aren’t perfect – for him capturing the feeling in the moment is the most important part.

Dadio Moriyama
Dadio Moriyama

Dadio has published countless photography books and has exhibited his work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries. In 2012, he received the Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Center of Photography.

Videos On Dadio Moriyama

  1. Dadio Moriyama – In Pictures
  2. Photographers In Focus: Dadio Moriyama

More On Dadio Moriyama

  1. Dadio Moriyama’s Official Website
  2. 5 Lessons Dadio Moriyama Has Taught Me – By Eric Kim
  3. Tokyo: The City That Came Out Of The Shadows

Castro Frank

© Castro Frank
© Castro Frank

Castro Frank is a contemporary street photographer who captures societal issues and forces us to remember the forgotten. His work is fueled by a passion to connect with his subjects on an emotional level – producing an honest and heartfelt body of work.

© Castro Frank
© Castro Frank

Hailing from Los Angles, Frank began his photography journey after working in a film development studio. He quickly fell for the form and bought his first film camera.

© Castro Frank
© Castro Frank

Frank has been featured in numerous publications and his work is highly sought after by collectors. He is an exciting modern day street photographer, who is setting the bar in an image saturated world.

Videos On Castro Frank

  1. Castro Frank: Street Stories

More On Castro Frank

  1. Castro Frank’s Official Website
  2. An Interview With Castro Frank
  3. Castro Frank’s Instagram

Long Thanh

© Long Thanh
© Long Thanh

Long Thanh is a black and white street photographer from Vietnam who only uses film and develops all his work by hand. He is one of Vietnam’s most famous and prolific photographers.

© Long Thanh
© Long Thanh

Born in 1951, Long Thanh has been mastering the art of photography since he was just 13 years old. He is the beholder of an impressive collection of cameras including Leica, Hasselblad, Rolleiflex, and Mamiya to name a few.

© Long Thanh
© Long Thanh

Thanh’s work has featured in galleries and publications all over the world. He has been winning international competitions since the eighties, and continues to produce a captivating canon of work.

Videos On Long Thanh

  1. Long Thanh Speaks

More On Long Thanh

  1. Long Thanh’s Website and Gallery
  2. An Audience With Long Thanh

Henri Cartier-Bresson

© Henri Cartier-Bresson
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Godfather of street photographyHenri Cartier-Bresson was a master and pioneer of the candid photograph. He was the author of the renowned ‘The Descisive Moment’.

© Henri Cartier-Bresson
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

Born in France in 1908, Henri began experimenting with cameras from an early age and also developed a keen interest in surrealist painters, which heavily influenced him throughout his career.

© Henri Cartier-Bresson
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

He described his approach to photography in these terms, “For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.”

© Henri Cartier-Bresson
© Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cartier-Bresson received a remarkable number of prizes and awards. He died at his home in Provence on the 3rd of August 2004, a few weeks short of his 96th birthday.

Videos On Henri Cartier-Bresson

  1. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
  2. Just Plain Love

More On Henri Cartier-Bresson

  1. The Photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson
  2. 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography
  3. Henri Cartier-Bresson @ Magnum Photos
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