Through The Looking Glass - photography, cities and the streets.
We are infinitely interested in one another and cities with their imposing architectures and its lure of of potential opportunities draw us in like a tractor beam. Full of all sorts, and everything in between, they are the melting pots which reflect who we are and who we might want or not want to be. Photographers almost from the advent of the medium have been capturing images of people on the city streets. From the godfather of street photography Eugene Atget, “who set out with the intention to document old Paris before it was swept into modernisation at the end of the 19th century.” writes Hanne Christiansen in her Dazed Guide to Street photography
to Brandon Stanton, whose book Humans of New York,
that began 4 years ago as a blog of photographs of strangers in NYC, debuted last week at the No.1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. (Photographs and text www.humansofnewyork.com)
In the noughties, street photography branched out and street style grew and grew. Whilst the original capturer of cool, New Yorker Bill Cunningham
has been at this for years and style magazines like The Face and iD have tantalised us from the late 80s and onward with a monthly style digest of what hip city folk were wearing there’s now a huge range of street style curators from The Sartorialist
to The Facehunter
to name a few. Here at Miista our own Alice Zielasko
brings street style to our screens every week. (Photographs: Bill Cunningham/The New York Times) (Photograph: i-donline.com) (Photograph: www.thesartorialist.com) (Photograph: www.facehunter.org) (Photograph: Alice Zielasko/miista.com)
There’s a uniting theme, a point at which strangers intersect, or perhaps it’s the relationship between the photographer who obsessively walks the streets day-in-day-out in search of as Henri Cartier-Bresson
called it, ‘the Decisive Moment’ where all the elements; people, place, composition just fall into place. And at this time perhaps the city becomes more human, faces and personalities take the hard, impersonal edges out of the office buildings, institutational blocks and give a warmer hue to the endless, grey pavement.