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a beginner's guide to street photography

with Jennifer Tonetti Spellman

Jennifer offers alumni seats to those who have previously taken Street Smart as a silent or active student. They are $150 dollars. Please contact Jennifer directly if you would like to purchase an alumni seat.

Class Overview:

The year was 2012 when my mind was blown. I had just read an article in the NY Post about a female street photographer named Vivian Maier.  Her body of work was uncovered in an auction house, and through that discovery the path of my photography started to take a very different turn.

I've always documented 'real' moments. Having grown up in Queens, NY, raw was my reality and my mind was shaped in a certain way that didn't allow for anything but genuine documentation in my art. Right after I read that article I was taking a trip to London with one of my best friends and I told her 'I need time every day to hit the streets and figure out this street photography thing.'  Alone. I did and I was sold. You don't get more real than street. It is the most challenging yet fulfilling genre of photography in my book. You cannot plan for the moments, you cannot predict what you will get, you can walk around for hours and not get a single shot!  All you can do is merely hit the streets, be mindful and present and hold a mirror up to society and see what you presents itself. Easier said than done, you say? Well, welcome to Street Smart.

The number one question I have received from people who see my work is "how do you get past that fear of shooting strangers?" This class will address that question not only in the written words of the PDF but most important in 'live' recordings of me on the street doing exactly what I am suggesting to you to combat fear. I will be walking the walk that I talk if you will.  Because in street seeing is not only believing but understanding how attainable street photography can be for anyone.

In this basic beginner class we will address all you need to know in 3 weeks to get you out on the street with more confidence and awareness.

I can honestly say street work has changed the way I view my photography and my world. I've never felt more connected in a truly unconnected society.