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Street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson called it the “decisive moment”— the captured instant when all the photograph’s elements come together to tell a story in a way a text narrative of thousands of words could never begin to. It is what hooks people, both practitioners and advocate-devotees, on the art form. It is uniquely completely immersive in life— step out into the streets— in which the moment of artistic epiphany can never be guessed at until it suddenly happens. When it is properly mastered, it is as pure as the dawn of each new day, as true as the living organism of a teeming street scene catching a breath as one.


It's no easy task to pull a book together for publication and "The New Street Photographer's Manifesto" currated by Tanya Nagar (`tanya-n) is an excellent first effort for a first time book editor and publisher. Let's celebrate this devious success story with an interview and feature on all of the artists involved.
















It embraces and runs with the idea that in street photography the best camera is the one that you're holding, whether it be a mobile phone or dSLR. This perspective makes the book, and the genre-at-large, accessible to everyone. My photos that are included in the book reflect this as some were taken with a film RF, some a digital EVF, and some a phone. I feel truly honored to have been asked to participate in The New Street Photographer's Manifesto, especially since I am a believer in its core concept.

Brian Quentin Webb
bQw















The street was my school of photography and i wish i had had the opportunity to read a book like Tanya's at the time i started taking photos, it would've saved me a lot of time figuring out what was good and what wasn't! Although it gives a very wide range of how street photography can be like, the quality of each reference or contributor is really inspiring and i'm honored to be part of this book.

Charlotte Gonzalez
Gonzale











Interviewwith Tanya Nagar




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techgnotic:
What is it about capturing a moment in time on “the street,” a record of a single blink in what is a daily river torrent of information flowing over our most surface human interactions? Why is this important?


tanya-n:

I've always had a fascination with different cultures and human behaviour. I studied Psychology at university as a result, and found that photography is a way of being able to document human behaviour in the most obvious and simplest form. It's subjective and objective at the same time and the possibilities are endless. For me street photography is about observing and capturing the fleeting every day moments all around us, which can so easily be lost among the noise of daily life.






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techgnotic:
What is so enjoyable about what you do?


tanya-n:

What appeals to me most about this type of photography is the spontaneity of it; you can't predict what's going to happen on "the street". It's impossible to get bored of it because there is literally so much to capture which could be lost in the blink of an eye. It's challenging, requires quick reactions and when done right, can produce some fascinating insights into the world around us, which most people may ordinarily ignore or not notice. I love capturing those kind of scenes - the ones that are a true reflection of our society.




















A few years ago, one of the only places I could look to for quality, contemporary street photography was deviantART. At this point, the only books out there on the subject were very outdated and didn't feature modern life at all. Seeing the work of Tanya and Severin on dA inspired me, whilst getting feedback on my own images was a big step in my progression. It's amazing that I can now walk into my local bookshop and see our images together in print. I think the book is a great resource for beginners of the medium and I hope it gives others the confidence to get out with their cameras and share their visions.

Claire Atkinson
hardtomakeastand









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techgnotic:
What is it not so enjoyable, that has ever made you consider giving up photography (at least of the street variety)?


tanya-n:

I don't think I've ever felt anything negative towards street photography. It's a lifestyle more than something I consciously aim to do. I don't decide 'OK today I'll do some shooting'. I try to have my camera with me when I'm out and about, and some days I'll shoot a lot, and other days nothing at all.






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techgnotic:
Have you ever felt you were in real danger?


tanya-n:

I've had people threaten me before and once got pushed by someone (not a subject but another photographer at a protest I was shooting), but on the whole I restpect and reason with people who object to being photographed. I just don't see the point of arguing - why would I want a photo of a moment that's now lost because the subject has objected? I've shot in supposedly dangerous parts of India, the West Bank and Uganda, but so far haven't been faced with anything too serious.


The one time I was in real danger (through my own doing!) was when I was hanging out of a moving train in India trying to shoot a man a carriage down who was also leaning out of the train. I was using a manual film camera and had to focus, compose and shoot using one hand, while holding onto a pole with my other hand. Trains in Mumbai don't have doors (security is lax, to say the least!) yet I didn't really register the danger until after - I guess adrenaline takes away fear in these situations.
















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techgnotic:
What is the main equipment you use?


tanya-n:

I've mainly used a Canon 350D digital SLR and a Nikon F3 film SLR. I also have a Canon 5D which is heavier and bulkier but I absolutely love using the 50mm f/1.8 lens to its full-frame potential on it. The 50mm f/1.8 is my favourite lens on both film and digital. For street you don't need fancy equipment - the aim is to capture raw moments as they are, so using HDR photography kind of defeats the purpose.





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techgnotic:
What is your next project – and how will it involve your fellow community members of deviantART.


tanya-n:

I'm working on a couple of other book ideas - slightly different but not completely unrelatted to street photography - and I've already been in talks with some deviantArt members about this as I really feel their work should be showcased and is a valuable source of information to others. So watch this space!








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techgnotic:
How did deviantART and the dA community help in propelling your artistic inaterests forward? Tell us about creating and publishing your book on street photography.


tanya-n:

DeviantART was initially my biggest inspiration when I started off shooting, as I hadn't developed any notable style and was still at the point of not even knowing what I enjoyed photographing. It's where I discovered street photography, and I spent a lot of time back then communicating with other photographers in the dA chat rooms and talking about photography. It was a forum where I could experiment, debate, get feedback and advice from like-minded people, which was hugely important in my development as a photographer.


The majority of contributors in my book are also members of deviantART, a number of whom I've had the pleasure of meeting and shooting with in person.


The book itself came about as I wanted to bring street photography to a wider audience - not just people who necessarily spend time online in search of information. A publisher was interested in my work and book idea, and it all took off from there.
















Street photographer Henri Carter-Bresson called it the “decisive moment”— the captured instant when all the photograph’s elements come together to tell a story in a way a text narrative of thousands of words could never begin to. It is what hooks people, both practitioners and advocate-devotees, on the art form. It is uniquely completely immersive in life— step out into the streets— in which the moment of artistic epiphany can never be guessed at until it suddenly happens. When it is properly mastered, it is as pure as the dawn of each new day, as true as the living organism of a teeming street scene catching a breath as one.

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:icona-aranov:
A-aranov Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
epic :D
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siiyuhaku Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Awesome!!
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G-FLIP Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Stop by for a visit when you have the time...G [link]
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L36 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
fantastic job, well done and congratulations
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:iconshellcreator:
shellcreator Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty cool!
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:iconsantibilly:
SantiBilly Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
wonderful, I really loved this journal! :clap: kudos on choosing the legends of street here in devArt! :clap:
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Bi-Menezes Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Photographer
great photos! beautifull quotes too!!
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rayigallagher Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Amazing Photo
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sachtikus Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
!!!
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love-lara-croft Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013   Photographer
super photo) i loved)
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Dima7TT Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
COOL)))
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PlanaRisu Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great photos.
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KatrinaTheLamia Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice article. Rather fun read.
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artistic-anne Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always great to read about the success of people.

Congrats on the book.

Hope you get folks around to cheers up and get out with theirs lens. Cause that's a good "vibes" for the picture shooters of our communities.

Bravo!!!
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Palace85 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Awesome..
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hwangtaerin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
really cool!!! ^^
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venus-chan2001 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The book will be EPIC I'm sure of it
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mnovotny Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Unsubscribe.
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JohnyNoir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Photographer
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D3S1R33 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Aww, that's so sweet!
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GodOfCoffee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats i hope the book sells epicly
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photosbares92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Very good jobs!!! congratulations
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EN-nonymous Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations to all the contributors! That books is one heck of a success! :clap:
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Oriole-of-Silver Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Photographer
All of this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!
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AnimalAmelia16 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow cool I would love to help!!!
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lightdrafter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
This is like a fairy tale for streeters.. :)
Great! :clap:
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TheDarkenedBride Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great article :clap:
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fereletron Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very good jobs!!! congratulations
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GFXKinect Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing photos.
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toistaitoinen Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
very excellent article about a very excellent project. it's more than few steps further from the stuff we've done [link]
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Breiries Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I find myself agreeing with the philosophy of the moment and what it says being an essential part of a photo, with less fuss about the camera used and more attention to that smallest yet unique point in time that is captured and in turn captures us. I also think this book and the people involved in it should be, as it says above, celebrated.
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Guruzone Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Breiries, thoughts very well put !
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Breiries Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks Guruzone,I'm not exactly a street photographer (more like I shoot what I can even in my back yard) but I think I can relate with the sentiment behind it ^_^
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PitaPatata Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Love your ides ! ! !
You are loud and talking clearly ! ! ! :)
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nasrzaara Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
amaaaazing !!
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bigahole1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
great pictures full of life in them!!
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xc222 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
excellent work.
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ocult90 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Such Inspiring Testimony and wonderful project... I love how this network let the art spreading. That photographies really capture a special angle of the everyday, so simple so deep.
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Rasgonras Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Is it wrong that I fail to see anything in these photos?

I mean, they are not doing anything with me. They are just there. They could as well be anywhere else or not existant.
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Bitty-Bug Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
This is great!
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Tlsonic214 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Photographer
Awesome.
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ChewbaccatheCookie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist
Some amazing photos there- very inspiring! :) I wish I had a decent camera now...
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RedonditaDeRicota Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Photographer
Me too! *_* I would like to present something like that! Awesome pictures! :-D
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ChewbaccatheCookie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist
XD I've suddenly started saving up for a camera... until then I'll be using my phone...
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RedonditaDeRicota Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Haha you are funny, :D i'm doing the same like you :'D
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ChewbaccatheCookie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist
:)
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RedonditaDeRicota Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Photographer
:'D
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KIA-13-7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
increadible way to capture the human everyday life, i love it
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AlariceArt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it is brilliant! :clap:
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nooreva Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
wonderful, very inspiring :)
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