London Street Photography – Photojournalism

Cities are superb for honing documentary photography skills. Street photography offers so many different opportunities to look for stories that are happening all of the time. In many ways is one of the most authentic styles of people photography.
In March, I took another trip to London with two other photographers (and friends) – film legend Graham Fry and superb food photographer Stuart Webster – for a full day of street shooting. Resisting the urge to take the Fuji X-Pro1 (a digital camera perfectly suited for photojournalism that I have been testing for real-world wedding use) I once again used my trusty and loved Leica M6 with 35mm lens. I’ve said this before, but 35mm is without a doubt my favourite focal length. For me it is perfect.

I also took my 1950s Soviet made Zorki-4 camera along for the ride. This metallic rangefinder is based on an old (very old) Leica design and is spectacularly manual to use. The 50mm lens I used on it is based on a Zeiss design and I believe uses Zeiss glass. Whilst not as silky smooth (or enjoyable) to use as the Leica, it was certainly good fun and produces….interesting images.

The traditional thought of landscape photography doesn’t hold much appeal for me – at least not producing it. What I like is people. I do however enjoy shapes and light, so the architecture and geometry that surrounds us in cities, is something I really wanted to explore as well as the people side of things.

As always, I welcome comments and questions below the post if you have enjoyed viewing.

Thanks to Graham for organising and to both of you for a great day.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Camera:Leica M6
Lens:Voigtlander Ultron 35mm f/1.7
Films:Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Neopan 400
Processing Lab: The Whole Picture Online

Camera: Zorki-4 Rangefinder
Lens: Jupiter 3 50 1.5
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400
Processed by Graham Fry

9 Comments
  • Peter Burkwood
    Posted at 13:52h, 13 April Reply

    Lovely pictures Andy, some cracking Street images perfect film choice too!!!!

    P

  • Simon Harbour
    Posted at 14:06h, 13 April Reply

    Great pictures and great that you are using film. Think I'll dust off my OM10 and grab some FP4. Thanks for the inspiration mate.

  • Graham Fry
    Posted at 14:36h, 13 April Reply

    Some great images Andy, really put mine to shame. The Leica shots are gorgeous!

  • Ian J
    Posted at 14:50h, 13 April Reply

    Sweet as mate, love the Spice Shop one with that awesome original Fiat 500, gives it a real old look to the image, perfect!

  • Phil Nunez
    Posted at 21:46h, 13 April Reply

    Really enjoyed looking through these images Andy, cracking work and a real interesting take of your day out. The Leica M6 is a dream for me, one day maybe I might own one.

  • Clare West
    Posted at 06:27h, 16 April Reply

    Great set of shots Andy! The first two really stand out for me, the first really gives you a sense of the energy and hustle and bustle of a busy station and the other, well I just love the silhouette and reflection.

  • Guy Collier
    Posted at 11:33h, 16 April Reply

    Excellent work Andy – and great use of that focal length

  • John Starns
    Posted at 09:56h, 17 April Reply

    Lovely shots Andy, reminiscent of when I was a young art student and I shot lots of street photography. Love the 500 shot especially as my Dad had one when I was a kid so I have a soft spot for them. Great work.

  • Matt Tyler
    Posted at 21:08h, 17 April Reply

    I hate you because now I want a Leica even more. Lush photos once again. I'm a firm believer that street photography really separates the men from the boys with regards to photography. Its not easy and you've done a great job. Love the 'La Street C'est Chic' photo.

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