THE FIRST MODERN STREET PHOTOGRAPH EVER MADE

"Blind," New York, 1916 © Paul Strand—Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

"Blind," New York, 1916 © Paul Strand—Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 

Or, failing to define “street photography”

By Eugene Reznik

 

To proclaim something ‘the first,’ or to fit it under any superlative as makers of internet today are wont to do, inevitably will ruffle some feathers. And in the photo world, few things are as contentious as the limits, definition, and assessment of street photography. On the one hand, the label may be used to elevate an ordinary snapshot taken within the public sphere into something that speaks more about the human condition at large. On the other, it may reduce an otherwise perfectly good ‘documentary’ photograph into something more specifically about a solipsistic pursuit.

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