New York is one of only two cities in the world that can rightfully lay claim to being the spiritual home of street photography, and it’s somewhere where so many of the great street photographers of the past spent hours capturing the frenetic pace, and curious goings on of this iconic city: Elliott Erwitt, Garry Winogrand, and Vivian Maier to name a few personal favourites. And then there’s somebody who didn’t make a career of doing so, but still managed to become a hugely influential figure in my photography career, and that’s none other than Magnum photographer, and overall LEGEND, Alex Webb.
When my fellow Myanmar trip companion, Mr Ross Harvey, first mentioned that Alex was doing a street photography workshop in New York, I didn’t so much as jump at the chance, but dove in, headfirst, without checking to see if I was away from the shallow end. It was an opportunity that I just couldn’t miss out on, and along with five of my close wedding photography buddies, we headed forth to New York to shoot street, learn from the master himself, and remind ourselves of what we love doing best: taking photos.
These were all shot with the Olympus OMD-EM5 over a period of 6 days, some of it as part of the workshop, but mostly in my own free time.