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Robert Frank was the father of the modern snapshot aesthetic that took hold in the 60s. He defined a whole generation of photography where the capturing of the singular uninfluenced moment was more important than the perfect lighting and facade present in previous work. With purpose, he showed the people ignored by the collective myth of what it meant to be American and did it with a raw style that influenced how all future documentary photographers work. I highly recommend flipping through a copy of The Americans if you never have.

Frank was great but I prefer Winogrand for aesthetic. That said he was one of the first to do street photography as a road trip. Now it’s kind of like s rite of passage for street photographers to do the roadtrip format.

Here[1] is a bracket (not best format) of some of the seminal as well as current greats of the street photography aesthetics.


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