How to Be a Zen Street Photographer

“I used to think that street photography was all about getting that one good shot, and getting a lot of “likes” on social media.


Street photography is about cleansing and easing your mind. Street photography is about enjoying your walks (slowly) with your camera in your hand. Street photography is all about finding the beauty in the natural world. Street photography is about the common, plain, and rugged.”

On Protest Photography • Magnum Photos

“This, of course, is the great power of photo-journalism; it serves first and foremost as a tool to create empathy in its viewer. Where the reported actions of a group, however well-intentioned, can quickly spiral into discord in newspaper reports, a photograph of one person reminds onlookers of their own compassion and clemency. What’s more, when it comes to protests, photographs printed in magazines and newspapers are fundamental to their political success – without some record or physical proof for the archive, mass uprisings can be quieted and the movement they represent remain impotent”

Musicians of Martin Chambi - Martín Chambi archivo Fotográfico

Fomos, eu e Paula, a Cuzco em 2011. Oxalá eu conseguisse fotografar aquela cidade com um décimo que fosse da sensibilidade de Martin Chambi.

We’ve been, I and Paula, in Cuzco in 2011. I wish I could take pictures of that city with one tenth of Martin Chambi sensibility.

For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a herdsman, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic. my favorite except of “German Ideology”. I still remember it, twenty or more years after have read the book.