ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY and other life changing events


Small Coin Photography / New Street Agenda

Mirror, Mirror © Knut Skjærven

Mirror, Mirror © Knut Skjærven

He shall be mentioned here: Edmund Husserl (1859 – 1938), the father of phenomenology.

He used to tell his students to keep their feet on the ground when they were about to lift off on the wings of philosophy: Not the big bills, gentlemen, small coins, small coins.

And what was it John Szarkowski (1925 – 2007) said when he needed to capture the soul of the photographer: 

He learned that the world itself is an artist of incomparable inventiveness, and to recognize its best works and moments, to anticipate them, to clarify them and make them permanent, requires intelligence both acute and supply.

Combine Husserl’s thoughts with Szarkowski’s visions, and you have the idea of the street photography that New Street Agenda thrives on.

So it is. The real artist of new street photography is the world itself. The photographer is only there to support and record it. The very best moments found.

In this phenomenology meets photography. To the things themselves, as the word from phenomenology goes.

In this phenomenology meets street photography too, and from there New Street Agenda develops.

This is the red thread, and also the red carpet of New Street Agenda. 

Small coins, gentlemen, small coins. Not the big bills. 

You figure it out.

If you are lucky it will even show.

© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. 09/01/14

This is a draft chapter to the workbook New Street Agenda. There is a workshop connected to it: New Street Agenda, Berlin June 12 – 15, 2014. If you are interested, please ask for more information at mail@theuropeans.eu or use the contact form below.

Good luck with it.

This post is in category New Street Agenda.


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