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About Street Photography in East London


There are two dates for this walk – the 15th March and the 12th April. To book tickets for either, please click on the ‘BOOK TICKETS’ button.

David Gibson is one of the founding members of iN-PUBLiC, the international collective of street photographers. For nearly twenty-five years, David’s territory has been London and in particular the East End. His work was featured in the popular book Street Photography Now.

The day will begin with a slide-show presentation of street photographers who have recorded this ever-changing part of London, from celebrated to lesser-known photographers, including David himself. David will then lead a three hour photo-walk around East London, revisiting the locations of some of the images discussed. David will offer his personal insight into the aesthetics and meaning of street photography, while providing a quirky history of a very diverse area of London from the 1930’s to the present day.

David will impart his knowledge of street photography and general photographic technique whilst walking with you, providing plenty of opportunities for you to take photos along the way.

The photo-walk is for intimate groups of no more than 12 people.

Please note: This is a photo-walk and appreciation of street photography—not a workshop as such. There will be plenty of opportunities for feedback from the teacher as you go, and from the group when you break for lunch, but we will not conclude with a show and tell. Participants will have the option to upload their photos to share with the group afterwards.

Please use the booking link at the top of the page in order to reserve your place on this photo walk. If you have any problems or questions, or wish to book more than two tickets at a time, please send an email to hello@fotoura.comand a member of the Fotoura team will assist you…..MORE HERE

Between Moments: Gregory Crewdson

I have featured Gregory Crewdson numerous times because I think his work is fascinating and visually exciting. This article on Faded + Blurred gives much greater insight into his methods and ideas and there are many more pictures than we have found before.

“My pictures must first be beautiful, but that beauty is not enough. I strive to convey an underlying edge of anxiety, of isolation, of fear. ” – Gregory Crewdson
Few photographers have had such a dramatic impact on photography as Gregory Crewdson. Like Richard Avedon or Henri Cartier-Bresson before him, Crewdson fundamentally changed not only the photographic language, but also the process of creating images and, in doing so, established himself as one of the most visionary photographers of the last decade. His photographs hang in museums, galleries and private collections all over the world and can sell for upwards of $100,000, but seeing him on the set of one of his productions, you might think he looks more like a film director than what has traditionally been the image of a photographer. In fact, he rarely even presses the shutter button. “I prefer not to be behind the camera,” he says, “because I want the most direct experience with the subject as possible.” Creating one of his photographs means dozens of crew members, unbelievably large budgets, and magnificent environments that require sets to be built or streets and neighborhoods to be temporarily shut down. Large in scale and obsessively detailed, they are made even bigger by what the viewer doesn’t see. “In all my pictures,” he says “what I am ultimately interested in is that moment of transcendence or transportation, where one is transported into another place, into a perfect, still world.” READ MORE