"Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." Walker Evans

While starting work in London at the start of summer the first thing I will be attending is the London Street Photography Festival 2011. Taking place from the 7th-11th July, a range of London's venues and exhibitions will be showcasing world class photography based on Street Photography.

So what is Street Photography?

Street photography is a tradition nearly as old as photography itself. Photographers capture urban areas where life moves quickly providing evidence of social habits, public life and journeys. It is the “un-posed, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings".
Having become famously popular with the help of Henri Cartier Bresson and Martin Parr, Street photography promotes the appreciation of the ordinary and extraordinary in everyday life - which most people can sincerely relate to.

The London Street Photography Festival will pay tribute to this rich heritage and advocate its future in this creative capital. This festival will consist of exhibitions, talks, screenings, walks, workshops, interactive events and festival awards.
The exhibitions will hold work from  the amazing Vivian Maier (unknown Chicago street photographer who secretly produce incredibly photos) and Walter Joseph ( famously known for his photographs of street markets in London).

The whole idea of the festival is new and exhilarating and in particular I am loving the logo created by Allison Ball. (As seen above)
If you are interested in going, check out the website and sign up to mailing list as tickets will need to be distributed despite it being free.

 Photographer: Vivian Maier

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