Street photography day: shots seen around the world
Portland photographer KB Dixon celebrates the art of capturing the moment
Did World Photography Day pass Thursday without you realizing it? Don’t worry: Street Photography Day is on its heels: today, in fact, Sunday, August 22. Grab your Nikon, Olympus, or iPhone and step outside to photograph some impromptu action. Or sit down with these street photos from Portland photographer and frequent ArtsWatch contributor KB Dixon.
World Photography Day, August 19 each year, has been around for a long time and goes back to the root of things, marking the day in 1839 when the French government announced the invention of the daguerreotype, Louis Daguerre’s revolutionary development of the first widely available photographic process. The day of street photography is more recent. It is celebrated every year on the birthday of Henri Cartier-Bresson, the great candid French photographer, born in 1908 and having lived in the 21st century, who died in 2004 at the age of 95. and the heart, ”said Cartier-Bresson. “It’s a way of life.”
Dixon, who specializes in black and white photography and takes rigorously composed studio portraits of other artists, is proof of Cartier-Bresson’s words. Much of his best work comes from wandering the streets, at festivals and gatherings and just haphazardly, looking for those times when it all seems to come together. In honor of this year’s Street Photography Day, he went through his files and assembled this portfolio. Enjoy.
Chess match, 2011
Gyro House, 2014
Cold brew, 2013