Genres of Street Photography
Street photography covers a wide gamut of styles and subjects, and an equally wide range of intentions. The five images below were all captured on the “street” and fall well within the realm of fairly typical “street” photographs. The intention of each differs though, indicating different genres within street photography.
THE Ingredients OF A GOOD IMAGE
Note that the different genres of street photography emphasize different aspects of what goes into making a good image. Recall that these basic building blocks include: technical skill, abstract composition, subject matter, the story, and the integration between each. Graphic Abstraction focuses primarily on the development of interesting compositions. Coincidences emphasize the subject, using a rare event or unusual juxtaposition to drive a strong photograph. Images of the Built Environment, Portraiture, or the Human Experience often seek to engage the viewer more deeply by suggesting a broader story or narrative. Examples of each genre are made stronger to the degree that they can push more than one of these buttons.