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Street (Video) Photography

Question: Have you seen video work that comes close to capturing everything you like best about street photography? A few examples from cinema come to mind, but I’m really interested in finding someone who’s doing small clips (and posting them online, youtubestyle) that are candid and revealing.

Naturally, video would fail to capture the 1/125th of a second moment and everything it has the potential to communicate. But I’m curious to see what can be said with a wider span of time, say five or ten seconds or so. There’s something about this video by Heather Champ (no, this one!) that comes close to what I’m imagining.

The Tokyo section in Ron Fricke’s “Baraka” has a few great examples (albeit with a crazy lens and a 70mm movie camera). The audioless clip below of a man wiping his face in slo-mo and looking at his handkerchief is a longtime favorite of mine. A few seconds later, there’s a great sequence of portraits of schoolkids looking straight at the camera (in real time, as I recall) while a subway blurs behind them.

Please leave a comment if you’ve seen videos that are close to what I’m describing.

Tag: Tidbits, Video