Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/18

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Subject: Re: [Leica] [leica] streets and other...
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 22:52:08 EDT

I've decided this topic is getting out of hand as far as my participation 
goes. I never set out to be the chief critic of street photography. Maybe I 
should just shut up for awhile. If people like street photography what 
business is it of mine to question that? If people want to shoot in this 
style, that's fine with me. At least they're shooting. 

I guess to sum up, here's my final word (which was also pretty much my 
original word) on the topic: There are a few guys who shoot pictures of 
strangers on the street who do a great job and make interesting pictures. 
There are a whole bunch of other guys who produce terribly bad pictures and 
try to pass it off as art. This is certainly not a profound statement. It's 
true of EVERY branch of photography from weddings to rock-n-roll concert 
photography to photojournalism to fashion to large format rock-and-tree 
photography -- In each style the posers far outnumber the geniuses -- why 
should "street photography" be any different? 

Bob (doesn't want to cross the "street" for awhile) McEowen