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 ).
Hardcore Street Photography group launches on Flickr
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
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.
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.
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.
Up Photographers group formed.
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.