Each week, we compile our favorite photos from Lattice, our new destination for people who love photography. You can use Lattice to discover beautiful images and also curate boards on topics you’re passionate about.
This week, we combed through Lattice to find the 5 best street photographs that exemplified the diversity of the niche as well as harkened back to its origins with a focus on Henri Cartier-Bresson and the decisive moment.
Take a look:
To start off, we take on a formalist aesthetic with this photo by Cecilia Colussi. The lines, shapes, and tones, reminiscent of both Paul Strand and Alexander Rodchenko, and the inclusion of the subjects and the airplane give this photograph depth and a strong graphic composition. Check out Tina Granzo’s board Point and Line to Plane, for more photos like this.
Here, we examine this intricately composed image taken on the streets of Lisbon by Bruno Morandi. The references to mid 20th century street photography are abundant here, from the layered frame, to the subject of childhood (Helen Levitt), to the most prominent boy with the gun, as in William Klein’s iconic photo. Explore Portugal’s capital with the Lisbon board, curated by João Almeida.
Next, we move on to Sébastien Lèbegue’s photo of a tourist in Japan taking a snapshot. With the camera covering his face, the subject obstructs himself from that very thing he is photographing, resulting in a filtered experience, much like in Martin Parr’s early 90s photos critiquing mass tourism. Go full on meta and check out Meagan Ziegler-Haynes great board on People With Cameras.
Now, we welcome the downright odd with this photo taken in Coney Island by Dana Ullman. Humor has been a consistent factor in street photography, pioneered by Elliot Erwitt, but here it is mixed with harsh light reminiscent of Ray Metzker’s work. Immerse yourself in the genre, with this extensive Street Photography board by Aaron Sosa.
Finally, we finish up with Cuba and this image by Calias. A great street photograph can transcend time, and while the subjects appear contemporary, the environment around them sets us back several decades, warping our notion of when this was taken. The crossing lines in this image mirror that deception, by first leading us into the modern subjects only to push our eyes outwards towards the old cars and decaying buildings. Forgo your sense of time and space with this board on Cuba, by Lauren Margolis.
Photographing the streets around you has been a part of the medium ever since handheld cameras and faster film were introduced, and the genre has developed and grown with time. Now that everyone carries a camera in their pocket, it’s exciting to ponder at where street photography is headed.
Enter Lattice, which gives us the possibility of viewing and curating this shift as it happens.