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Who is Daniel Arnold?

There is a legacy of street photographers in New York City that goes back to the 1950's. The names are some of the best to have ever picked up a camera: Robert Frank, Garry Winongrand, Helen Levitt, Susan Mieselas and countless others. Daniel Arnold is currently carrying the torch from these legends and captures the streets from his own vision of a frantic and vibrant city.

Gear

Camera

"Contax G2-1" by  Lordcolus  is is licensed under  CC BY 2.0

"Contax G2-1" by Lordcolus is is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Daniel has stated that he uses many different cameras to capture his images: Leica M6, iPhone, Yashica T4 and Contax G2. The latter is the one I most associate him with and his shooting. Two video features on Daniel show his method, using the G2 with an external flash handheld at angles high and low, rarely looking through the viewfinder. Daniel talks about roaming the city for upwards of 8 hours a day on the hunt for his images.

Film

Daniel primarily uses Portra 400 and 800 film. He's stated that he really enjoys the look of film and hasn't found a digital alternative that can give a similar look (1).

Favorite Images

All of my favorite images from Daniel Arnold make me think, how the hell did he catch that. The people in the images aren't always having their best moments and no one seems to be posing directly for Arnold. For anyone attempting street photography know this is far less a byproduct of being lucky but due to his relentlessness in capturing images and being in the right place at the right time.

Books

Daniel currently doesn't have a book of his images out and I really hope he does one day. Currently the best place to see his work is on his instagram.

References

  1. Kim, E. (2015, June 02). "Be True to Yourself; Great Things Will Come": Interview with Daniel Arnold. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2015/06/02/be-true-to-yourself-great-things-will-come-interview-with-daniel-arnold/

  2. Rachel, T. C. (2017, February 13). Daniel Arnold on the Ethics of Street Photography. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/daniel-arnold-on-the-ethics-of-street-photography/Schiffer,

  3. J. (2018, May 29). How Daniel Arnold translates street photography to fashion – Glossy. Retrieved April 7, 2019, from https://www.glossy.co/fashion-calendar/fashions-love-affair-with-daniel-arnold-highlights-a-dearth-of-candid-fashion-photography

Photo Tools: Ren Hang's Camera and other tools

Courtesy Ren Hang Studio, Beijing.

Courtesy Ren Hang Studio, Beijing.

Who is Ren Hang? 

Ren Hang was born in 1987 and died in 2017. He is known for his images of nudes, in which multiple people are stacked, layered, contorted and juxtaposed with living, dead animals and flowers. Although his work is sexual and explicit it never crosses into exploitation or demeans his subjects.  I admire the distinctiveness of his style and subject matter along with his ability to create such work in China. 


Gear

Ren used simple and affordable gear which fit his style as well. He was usually found in a plain white t-shirt and white shoes. 

Camera: Minolta 110 Zoom, the 110 is getting pretty hard to find but the 115 is very similar 

Film: Fujicolor 200

Clothes: white shirt and white vans

My Favorite Photos 

"[Ren Hang's] works interpreted sex in a Chinese way, which contained a sense of loss and sorrow,"  Weiwei

"[Ren Hang's] works interpreted sex in a Chinese way, which contained a sense of loss and sorrow," Weiwei

"But it is very difficult to shoot nudes in China. People are more bound by traditional and conservative attitudes toward the body. They think it’s a degradation, even a demoralization, to show what they think should be private. They generally abhor nudity here. We hide the body in our culture." Ren Hang to  Purple Magazine

"But it is very difficult to shoot nudes in China. People are more bound by traditional and conservative attitudes toward the body. They think it’s a degradation, even a demoralization, to show what they think should be private. They generally abhor nudity here. We hide the body in our culture." Ren Hang to Purple Magazine

"“I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.” Ren Hang to  Taschen  (NSFW)

"“I don’t really view my work as taboo, because I don’t think so much in cultural context, or political context. I don’t intentionally push boundaries, I just do what I do.” Ren Hang to Taschen (NSFW)

Books 

Ren Hang by Taschen (NSFW link)

References

Most of his gear and technique I found in this video (NSFW)

Photo Tools: Matt Stuart

This is a new series where I do some research into some new and old photographers to discuss what they use and why you need to know them. Let me know who you'd like to see in the future. 

Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

Who is Matt Stuart? 

Matt is a new face in Magnum carrying on their tradition of street photography. Matt Stuart work reminds me of Lee Friedlander who captures tiny nuances with humor and lightness but Matt adds a more formal composition and focus, the streets of London. 

The Gear

Camera: Leica MP

Lens: 35mm F1.4 Summilux

Film: Fuji Superia 200/400

Shoes: Common Projects (high)/ Leather Stan Smiths (Low), Seen in this video 

My Favorite Photos from Matt

"This picture took at least six months to come together, although, if I’m honest, I never knew it would come together until it did."—Matt Stuart, from Great Journeys  Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

"This picture took at least six months to come together, although, if I’m honest, I never knew it would come together until it did."—Matt Stuart, from Great Journeys

Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

" I had been bent over with my bum in the air for about half an hour when a rather confident pigeon walked past. I instinctively shot this frame but as I was doing it I noticed something had happened with the human legs as well." For more background from Matt clickthrough    Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

"I had been bent over with my bum in the air for about half an hour when a rather confident pigeon walked past. I instinctively shot this frame but as I was doing it I noticed something had happened with the human legs as well." For more background from Matt clickthrough

Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

"Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don't forget to  smile " - Matt Stuart  Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

"Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don't forget to smile" - Matt Stuart

Copyright: Matt Stuart 2016

Books 

Currently sold out :( but check  his site

Currently sold out :( but check his site

Hope you enjoyed that. It's pretty fun doing the research and pulling these together. 

References:

Stuart, Matt. “Book.” MATT STUART | PHOTOGRAPHER | SHOOTS PEOPLE, 1 Jan. 2016, www.mattstuart.com/.