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URBAN 2019 Photo Awards, an international contest organized by Italian cultural association dotART together with media partner Photographers.it is now in its tenth edition and the call for entries is wide open! Photographers began submitting photos March 1st, but there is still plenty of time to send in your entries. Here’s a little more on the contest if you aren’t familiar with it, straight from the horse’s mouth:

“As usual, URBAN 2019 is divided into two sections dedicated to Urban Photography, a theme that explores the contemporary through all forms of photography based in the urban fabric. The common denominator is the City, the urban environment and humanity that populates it.

The first section is “Single Photos”, with 4 thematic areas: Streets, People, Spaces, Creative. The second section is “Projects & Portfolios” where each participant can submit a series of images oriented to show his or her idea through photographs.”

This year, there are some new features too:

“Four new Thematic Areas, within which it will be possible to assign categories to the photos, no limits to the number of submitted photos, a brand new User Area from which to upload and manage the photos, an Early Bird promotion for the competitors registered by March 31st, new ranking and new prizes, including the Winner’s gala dinner at Trieste Photo Days with Martin Parr, Nick Turpin and festival’s guests.“

Did you catch that? Who’s chairing the Jury this year? Yep, Martin Parr, who will be accompanied by several other well-known street photographer jurors, such as Nick Turpin and our very own Bob Patterson.

There are so many great things about this contest – it’s definitely one to consider entering. Visit the official website of the contest to find out more about contest rules, prizes, and more. And if you’d like to see what kind of winning work has been selected in the past for URBAN Photo Awards, see our “winners issues” from the past couple of competitions by clicking on the covers below:

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If you are looking for a little inspiration and are into architectural street photography, then we’ve got a treat for you! The Multiple Exposures Gallery (MEG) is presenting a gallery of new work by Alan Sislen called “Tonal Visions.” Bob, who has been to MEG before says it’s a “really cool space” and definitely recommends you drop by to check out Sislen’s work. It’s a show all about light and shadows and shapes and you are going to love it. Here’s all the details:

When:
May 7th – June 15th, 2019
Artist’s Reception on Saturday, May 11th, 2 – 4 pm

Where:
Multiple Exposures Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #312
Alexandria, Virginia  22314

Gallery Hours:
Daily 10 am – 5 pm, Thursdays 2 pm – 8 pm

What to Expect:
“This exhibit of dramatic black and white architectural photographs explores the range of tonal possibilities that might or might not have existed, but were visible in the mind of the photographer. None of the photographs are of total or complete structures. Each is a piece, a portion, an extraction that may convey more a sense of the whole than the entire building. The beauty of the forms, the lines, the shapes, the volumes and the play of light and shadow created by the infinite tonalities is what this exhibit celebrates.”

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Last December I had the pleasure of finally meeting New York photographer Lauren Welles at the Miami Street Photography Festival. I’ve been a big fan of her work ever since we featured her in Street Photography Magazine in our January 2016 issue. It’s one thing to meet someone through our virtual world and it’s another sit down and bread bread with them.

This week Lauren stopped by to catch up on what she’s been doing photographically since her feature. And I must say, she’s been very busy. The work she’s been producing shows it (be sure to check out some of her recent photos below).

In June she’s holding a pretty cool workshop in Seville Spain during the “El Roció” pilgrimage with photographer Jon Kral. Then later in the year she’s traveling to Sydney, Australia for the Head On Photo Festival.

Over the past few years Lauren has been creating a documentary project about Stickball in New York. In the process she has gotten very close to the players, fans and league culture. It shows in her work. Have a look some of her recent photos below.

We’ll be inviting more of our past featured photographers to join us on the podcast in future episodes. If you have any favorites you’d like to hear from please drop send me an email at bob@streetphotographymagazine.com with your choice.

Some recent work by Lauren Welles

117th St. Annual Block Party, last Saturday in July (every year). Sammy in charge. Richie Mojica display. Skelzie. Old Timers. Charlie Diaz, Georgie Stickball, Jalan, Jacob (11th birthday was on July 13th). Aces (117th St. team name). WPAIG: community, skelzie.

Aaron Rivera, Bianca Creales and Delia Carrion, try to distract the player who is batting against their fathers’ team, with their trash talk.

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Street Photography Magazine by Ashley Hunsberger, Street Photograp.. - 2M ago

Mermaid

As a long time actor, Maria Ricossa knows people. You could say she’s an expert on human behavior. She has spent a considerable amount of time thinking about what makes different kinds of people and characters tick, and she uses this ability to her advantage when she hits the streets of Toronto where she now resides.

Interestingly enough, Maria doesn’t spend much of her time shooting Toronto’s bustling city center. Instead, she stays a little closer to home and captures everyday stories she encounters on her daily walks. How did she find stories in a less urban environment? How did she find so many different stories in a single place? How has acting affected her work as a photographer? These were questions Bob and I were eager to ask. Maria had some thought-provoking answers to share with us as well as some of her own insights, stories and ideas for and from street photography.

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© Copyright – Harvey Stein
An image from the book, “Mexico Between Life and Death”. A signed copy of this book is included in the workshop tuition fee.

Exciting news street shooters! After quite a long pause, Harvey Stein and Margarita Mavromichalis are hosting another street photography workshop in the big apple. Here’s some details from Harvey himself,

“I’ve done the five previous workshops with Margarita Mavromichalis-October 2013 and 2016 and April 2014, 2015 and 2016. Each was at the request of several students, and all were quite wonderful and successful. Which leads us to offer the workshop once more, after about a 2 ½ year pause. I love this city, will always live here, know it well but can always learn more about it, and have found the workshops very exciting and worthwhile.     

In this workshop, we would like to emphasize portfolio building. While one can’t adequately produce a portfolio in a few days, we will discuss working on long term projects and try to help everyone to either find a project or further existing projects that deal with New York, whether it’s people, neighborhoods, architecture, or spaces/places.”
This workshop will most likely fill up fast, so if you are interested, register pronto. To register, send Harvey an email at hsteinfoto@aol.com and send in your payment – $550 by check to Harvey Stein. Just pop it in the mail addressed to: Harvey Stein, 755 West End Avenue, NY, NY 10025.
Not only will you spend a few days exploring and shooting some of the busiest burroughs in NYC, you’ll also learn ways to approach and direct people, how to capture character and emotion, how to make meaningful instead of obvious images, how to know when an image works, how to use fill flash during the day, and how to develop your own personal portfolio. On Sunday, you will enjoy a critique of each day’s shoot and take a look at personal approaches to photography. This is going to be a wonderful workshop, hosted by two knowledgeable and experienced photographers who have both been featured in SPM and are all around great people. Sign up if you can – you are sure to learn so much from both Harvey and Margarita!
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