In this episode, our guest is Michael Kowalczyk, a photographer I met last year at the Miami Street Photography Festival, where I was honored to be asked to do a portfolio review with him. Michael is a multimedia specialist at the University of Konstanz in Germany. He’s also a prolific street photographer.
Since we met last year, Michael has leveraged his skills as a multimedia expert and photographer to create the unique website streetphototip.com, an excellent resource for the street photography community. On the website, Michael gives detailed explanations about many award-winning street photographs and maintains a list of street photography competitions going on worldwide. What’s more, he’s doing all of this on his own time and on his own dime.
I was particularly impressed with an article Michael wrote about the making of one of his own photos titled “Medellin Mirror”. He goes into great detail about how he spotted an interesting photo opportunity of a man carrying a large mirror through the busy streets of Medellin, Columbia and how he worked the scene as the man moved through the crowd. The article contains several of the shots from the series plus his final selection both before and after post processing. It’s a very powerful learning experience.
To learn more about Michael and get some pro tips from him, click the audio player below to listen to our interview. And make sure you take some time to explore the pages of Street Photo Tip – you’ll find all the links you need just below the audio player.
- Street Photo Tip website
- Michael’s Website
- Street Photo Tip Instagram
- Street Photography Contest Calendar
- Making Of “Medellin Mirror” Interview with Michael Kowalczyk
- SPM Podcast episode about writing about your street photography