When I first became interested in street photography, iN-PUBLIC was the destination my peers pointed to for a contemporary overview. And one of the first photographs that really caught my attention was this one by Melanie Einzig. The juxtaposition of the bird on the shoulder, the crouching man, and couple hugging seemed straight out of new york. Add to it the glance of the dog, and you have a moment that you just feel will slip away a second later. This odd, caught moment on a random street corner seemed like the essence of street photography.
Over the last couple of years I’ve seen this photograph show up in a few different places and each time it loses some of it’s punch which often happens with street photographs I think. But whenever I do return to it and look at it for a few moments I can sense that first rush of enthusiasm that made me want to grab my camera seek out these caught moments in the street.
We’ll regularly feature single photographs such as this to see what makes them tick. If my experience with street photographers online is any indication, I’m suspecting there will be plenty of divisiveness over some of the choices. I’m fine with that. We also plan on inviting other street photographers to talk about photographs that they’ve admired over the years.
Do you remember the first street photography that really held your attention?