On The Contemporary Resurgence of Street Photography

On The Contemporary Resurgence of Street Photography

The birth of Street Photography in Paris at the start of the 20th century is well documented. The rich period of Street Photography centred around New York in the 60’s and 70’s is also well recorded. But the current revival of interest in Candid Public Photography that started in the mid 1990’s in London and spread around the world through the newly arrived world wide web, remains un chronicled until now.

In January 2019 Nick Turpin, in consultation with members of the Street Photography community online, started the process of constructing a timeline of events, publications, exhibitions, festivals and groups that had played a part in this contemporary revival of interest in Street Photography. You are invited to email your additions and suggestions.



Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck is published


John Brownlow starts Street Photographers Forum ( Runs until 2011 ).


in-public Street Photographers group launched by Nick Turpin ( Ludovic Fremeaux, Richard Bram, Matt Stuart, Trent Parke, Narelle Autio and And Morley-Hall joined in this year ).

John Brownlow starts pinkheadedbug.com (personal site including Oxford St project Human Traffic).


The Sidewalk Never Ends: Street Photography Since the 1970’s exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago
Second edition of Bystander: A History of Street Photography ( updated to include contemporary Street Photographers like Melanie Einzig and Gus Powell ).


New York Capital of Photography by Max Kozloff with Exhibit at The Jewish Museum NYC. ( Focused on the huge contribution of the Jewish community to Street Photography ).


Common Ground: Photographers on the Street at Tufts University Art Gallery ( Included 60’s and 70’s alongside contemporary Street Photographers Melanie Einzig and Gus Powell ).


Flickr Launches


Hardcore Street Photography group launches on Flickr


Ibarionex Perello starts his Candid Frame Podcast
Crosswalks: Contemporary Street Photography, Oklahoma City Museum exhibition.
Onto the Streets exhibition Photofusion Gallery, London.


Seconds to Real Street Photography group launches
John Maloof discovers Vivian Maier archive at Chicago auction.


2point8.whileseated blog by Michael David Murphy
VIVO Photography Collective


10 Years of in-public is published by Nick Turpin
in-public @ 10 exhibition Photofusion Gallery, London. ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickturpin/4642584227/ )
Street Photography Now is published by Thames and Hudson
Street Photography Now challenge group on Flickr
Instagram Launches


The first London Street Photography Festival.
Format Photography Festival, Derby is themed around Street Photography.
Burn My Eye Group launches.
Museum of London show London Street Photography ( Telegraph article ).
Eric Kim starts to popularise Street Photography through blogging, social media and workshops.
in-sight film about the in-public photographers released.
Un-Posed Polish Street Photography Collective launched.


The Miami Street Photography Festival is launched
Street Photo Thailand collective is launched.


Observe Collective launches
The Street Collective launches
Everybody Street film by Cheryl Dunn is released.


The Street Photographers Manual by David Gibson is published.
Fragment Collective, French Street Photography group launched.
Double X Street Female Street Photography Flickr group launched.


Full Frontal Flash Collective of Flash using Street Photographers
Siam Street Nerds group is launched.


Berlin1020 Street Photographers Group, Germany.
Women in Street Network launched
Ken Walton launches StreetFoto San Francisco
Jason Reed launches The London Street Photography Symposium


Bystander: A History of Street Photography is republished featuring contemporary street photographers.
APF Magazine launches run from India by Vineet and Rohit Vohra.
In-Street Indian Street Photography Collective launches.
La Calle es Nuestra Spanish Street Photography collective is created.
Candid Public Photography initiative by Nick Turpin launches.
Hoxton Mini Press create STREET LONDON from The London Street Photography Symposium.


Street.Life.Photography Exhibition at Deichtor Hallen, Hamburg, Germany. (Significant for showing seven decades of Street Photography including the contemporary generation).
in-public group splits over the inclusion of computational Street Photography and staged Street Photography.
Julie Hrudova starts Street Repeat on Instagram exploring Street Photography themes and cliches.
Eyeshot Magazine launch its first paper Street Photography Issue: Surreal
Unexposed Collective founded by Julia Coddington and Rebecca Wiltshire with an emphasis on female and non binary street photographers.


Up Photographers group formed.
Little Box Collective formed.


Women Street Photographers is formed by Gulnara Samoilova and Ximena Echague to provide extra exposure for female artists.
Nick Turpin relaunches iN-PUBLiC with a broader candid public photography definition of Street Photography.

This timeline was created in conjunction with members of the street photography community in January 2019, please feel free to email suggestions and additions.

The Google ngram viewer is able to show the incidence of words and phrases in publications since 1800. Searching for the incidence of the phrases ‘street photography’ and ‘street photographer’ gives a good indication of what has happened to street photography over the last 200 years.

The incidence of the phrase Street Photography in published books.