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5 Street Photography Adjacent Films

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Almost every morning since I can remember, I wake early, climb atop my stationary exercise bike, and spend an hour cycling. It is important to stay fit for street photography, and I do have a tendency to comfort eat!

I spend the hour pedalling away watching from a mix of peak and bubblegum TV, and on rare occasions, I can’t find something to watch. For such days, I have collected a number of YouTube links, many on street photography, that I can choose from.

This morning, as daylight savings steals from us an hour, I’m delaying leaving the warmth of bed and instead, in what will I’m sure become a semi-regular series, I will share 5 street photography adjacent films from my list. Enjoy.

Everybody Street (2013)

A documentary crafted by Cheryl Dunn featuring Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Boogie, Jill Freedman, Mary Ellen Mark, and Bruce Gilden among several others.

Robert Frank: Leaving Home, Coming Home (BBC. The South Bank Show. 2004)

An hour long feature documentary on the BBC’s long running arts programme, The South Bank Show. It Covers Robert Frank’s career, including his time in the 50s photographing The Americans.

Magnum Quarantine Conversations: Susan Meiselas Interviews Richard Kalvar (2020)

As photographers were locked down in the early days of the pandemic, Magnum’s Bieke Depoorter initiated a series of interviews, one photographer questioning another. Here, 2 of my favourite photographers speak.

Andre Kertesz: BBC Master Photographers (1983)

Another BBC Production. Lartigue, Brandt, and Ansel Adams were also featured.

Elliott Erwitt: Visions and Images – American Photographers on Photography, (1981)

Finally, for this time around, an illuminating and amusing interview with Elliott Erwitt.

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