All photographs were photographed on film.
We must not lose sight that the street photograph requires a humanistic look into an outdoor opening measuring time through a camera-instrument with a mathematical shutter and aperture settings. It is the size of the Moment that equates with a non-judgemental scope, a homeless person living in a world that is their streets, while the busy business owner stands outside of the business to enjoy a breath of outdoor air.
The ability of a street photograph connecting to a person, location, energetic realities being paused in the composition of a camera’s vision elevates itself into the humanism of civilization of today. When the street photograph is from the past, the humanism of back then can attest to past traditions that teaches us today, what we are lacking as a society: looking at past photographs can also encourage the successful progress society has made as well. The street photograph is a balancing beam for the ages.
Shock-value does not need to overwhelm the street photograph, because the realities of a shutter speed and aperture setting capturing someone drunk on a park bench goes deeper into an onlooker’s judgement call of them being drunk out in public. The humanism of the backstory to why someone decided to drink until they were inebriated could shuffle into them needing that escape for as long as it takes for the alcohol to wear off.
When the street photograph is of a crowded city, every face, body, the backdrop of that area are all about a community, even the political decisions that contributed to the funding of buildings that are built, which reshapes the light that lands on the people out in the streets. The quietness of a street photograph that composes a small town, where the residents will make eye contact and greet you with a friendly “hello” holds the humanistic ingredient of time being a pipeline that does not compare a big city to a small town, but instead shows the diversity of us seeing that we are all here on this planet Earth making the best out of what we have in our world.
Humanism in street photography gathers an intellectual invitation that goes beyond the candid or strict professional standards that instructs other fields of photography. It is the humanism in street photography that visually enunciates the uniqueness in photographic Moments of an outdoor world: the photographer sees ranges of optimism, devolution, politics, evolution within outdoor societies and from there, the humanist in the photographer is an intellectual, visual host to humanity.