Sick of crappy black and white street photographs?

Ever notice a lot of crappy, black and white photographs passed off as street photography? Henri Cartier-Bresson wannabes? Yeah, I know I’m not immune. I’ve done my share.

I just came upon Steve McCurry’s blog. Yes, that Steve McCurry of Afghan girl fame. His portraits and street photographs are beyond fantastic. They are in glorious, saturated color. Not timid imitations of the classic “black and white style”.

Beyond the spectacular photography, I like how the blog entries are in themed photo sets. Striking is the sheer breadth of world-wide images. They show humanity. They show the mundane. They show that we are more alike than different.

I have so much to learn.

Go check out his blog. You will be inspired.

8 thoughts on “Sick of crappy black and white street photographs?

  1. Steve is very good – it’s a shame that his claim to mainstream fame is the Afghan girl, and even then, people don’t know his name. You know what I mean – the masses will see that one photo, but never investigate further.

    HCB – just love his work. Such an insight into geometry.

  2. Yes, I follow Steve’s blog since quite a while, and he’s really good. HCB? A master, but just one of many. For a good and cheap overview about most of them I’d recommend this book from Taschen publishers: – don’t know if that ever was translated into English as well tho, but you’ll still get the names and the photographs. It’s worth it.

  3. i been seeing his blog sometime.. a stunning photographer.
    Steve McCurry proves about hard dedicated work..
    OK the calendar shoot “looks”’s not!
    B/W needs a strong motif and sense of timing, perspective and forms and shapes.
    In one sense, it’s easier in B/W as you/one does NOT have to match colors..
    Look at Costas Manos, American Color, for getting matching colors.
    Think he has done a Video on YouTube about it.
    I have one small digital camera set for B/W only.
    The color on it is TOO RED but great B/W.

  4. About Steve McCurry’s images, you are spot on. As for the bw street photography stuff – well, like the rest of photography, it’s subjective. What one person may think of as “crappy”, another person may think of as “gritty” or “edgy” or some other description.

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