Street documentary photography is a way to tell stories visually! It is a practice that has been used to convey powerful messages for years and continues to have an impact on audiences around the world. Here’s a look at five famous street documentary photographers to inspire your next photojournalism project.
Vivian Maier took some incredible photographs throughout her life, mostly of the streets of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Although her photos were never published during her life time, the images that she captured are stunning and timeless. Her work is truly a sight to behold.
Diane Arbus most famously worked towards the normalization of marginalized and underrepresented groups like the LGBTQ+ community, circus performers, women and the elderly. Today, several of her photographs are on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and many others.
Garry Winogrand’s work was a visual representation of life in America in the 20th century. He helped define street photography throughout the 60s and 70s. His work can be viewed at the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and George Eastman Museum all in his home state of New York.
As a street photographer in Paris, Robert Doisneau’s full portfolio includes approximately 450,000 photos. His stunning images have captured people in various aspects of life all around Paris.
Henri Cartier-Bresson started his artistic career as a surrealist painter. He eventually found a passion for photography and was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos. The group divided photo assignments and Cartier-Bresson spent three years travelling and documenting street life in India and China.