October 3 I shared this video from Leica Gallery Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is a celebration of 100 years of Leica photography. Plenty of great examples of street photography are honoured. Many famous names and iconic pictures. Pictures that all should know or have heard of.
I shared the video to Leica Street Photography; On Every Street; The Europeans; The EDGE. Contemporary Street Photography in Europe; and on my own Facebook Timeline.
This will be interesting, I thought, since the beautiful promotion for Leica must go the heart of every street photographer.
What happened? Almost none took an interest. As so often in these settings, you wonder.
There can be different reasons for this: people are no longer active in the groups, people simply have no time or take no time, people are not interested.
But there is an other reason that is the most likely explanation for the low interest: People simply do not have a clue as to what is going on under their noses when they watch the movie. They have absolutely no idea, which tells you something about the general status of street photography as it is unfolding on social media.
Two people puts all of this to shame. I am honoured to say both are my friends: Tony Cearns and Levi Shand. Both are admins on The EDGE. Contemporary Street Photography in Europe. An Englishman in Britain, and an American in Madrid.
Not only did they take a crack at the puzzle, their answers were brilliant. Therefor the kudos.
Tony answered on Leica Street Photography. Levi on The EDGE. Contemporary Street Photography in Europe. They did it in parallel and, to my knowledge, they did not know about each other answering.
Go find their answers. On a lucky day you might get smitten. Street photography on Facebook badly needs it.
© Knut Skjærven.