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Frank Jackson on Street Photography I am happy and excited to announce a new RFF forum on Street Photography mentored by Frank Jackson, one of the best producers of analog B/W prints I have ever seen. His shows include the Open Shutter Gallery, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. His images are in the collections of Smithsonian Ogden Museum of Southern Art, California Afro American Museum and Xavier University New Orleans LA. He has worked for or has been featured with Visa Card, Xerox, UCLA, Eric Owen Moss, Architect, Hasselblad Forum (cover),Gordon Parks, Muhammed Ali, Million Man March Wash. DC, Lionel Hampton, jazz legion photographer , 1995-2002, Stevie Wonder, B+W Magazine (British version) twice, Rangefinder Magazine, Dahon Bicycles, Arelli Wheels, Real Product Design, Automobile Club of Southern California. Frank's online images are at fotographz.500px.com and fotographzfrankjackson.tumblr.com . "While on this diverse photographic journey…I have to say during this whole time my love for fine art black and white photography kept growing. I always found time to shoot in different cities and my own personal work…this has sustained me through some very tough times. As of 2012, with the help of a very good friend I maintain a state-of-the-art dream darkroom. The darkroom helps greatly in the on-going practice of understanding “the light”, being able to process film and print drives me to keep my digital photography “organic”. I’m curious visually and shooting what’s, what on the street feeds this curiosity. Everyday I walk out my front door to “see” the world with a digital camera, a film camera, the “cup” and an open mind (mostly).

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Old 02-05-2015   #1
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Well, it looks like they know how to shoot to me.

edit: I am happy to welcome Frank Jackson to RFF. He has graciously agreed to share his photographic experiences and techniques, especially pertaining to Street Photography.



























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"The "Street photography" forum is officially launch?
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Who shot these photos? Are they taken from the RFF galleries? Some of them are really incredible.
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Who shot these photos? Are they taken from the RFF galleries? Some of them are really incredible.
They were all shot by the yet to be introduced mentor of the RFF Street Photography forum.

Since they are new to RFF, I wanted to introduce the work before introducing the photog. Please see the intro to this forum.

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Wow! Terrific images.
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Jackson's a great photographer. Excellent choice.
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Cat's out of the bag now.

Good job of setting this up, Stephen. It's been long awaited.

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Great news for those of us looking forward to a street forum section, I'm now very excited. He has some stunning images in his portfolio
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Good stuff......his latest work http://fotographzfrankjackson.tumblr.com/
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I love this shot the most and all the others are real good too! Impressive and inspiring!

How would you call a hat like this? Or better yet, where would I get one?
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What a great collection of images, all the better for the lovely printing/ps work.
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"...and an open mind (mostly)"

Love this closing sentence. I'm not so much into street photography but the quality of these images, the emotions they give me, the use of light push me to go out and give a try. I'll follow with interest this street forum, thanks
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Some Good Photos, though I Admire his Writing Style & Thoughts more, a True Poet !

I may be scorned for saying this... But here goes
There are a number of People here on RFF who are Equally or even more Talented ~ Pity they have not been recognised to take the lead

So let the Games begin erhhh I mean shooting...
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Impressive images. Cheers to the Head Bartender!
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I love this shot the most and all the others are real good too! Impressive and inspiring!

How would you call a hat like this? Or better yet, where would I get one?


Johan:

That hat is a variation of a Fez, first introduced by the Moors way back when. You can find it in any Bazaar in southern Europe, or through the net.

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Let's not get ahead of ourselves. To begin with, I don't like this digital look.
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Great! I'm somewhat astonished that this hasn't happened before, given the historical connection between rangefinders and Street. And a very fine introduction from the photos shown here (digital or not).
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Let's not get ahead of ourselves. To begin with, I don't like this digital look.
Yeah.....digital look or not, they seem pretty average to me.*

*Post corrected to make people happy who only believe in giving praise....
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Good news for the forum !

Don't mean to sour the mood but I don't find these pictures that interesting :-/
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I love this shot the most and all the others are real good too! Impressive and inspiring!

How would you call a hat like this? Or better yet, where would I get one?
It is a kufi. Islamic men's headware.

http://muslimclothing.com/woolkufis.html
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Wow, we are off to a good start with this new section...

Why are you guys always disparaging other people's work? Just because you like an image to be a certain way doesn't mean that everyone else needs to conform to those same attributes.
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Though I do not feel I said something 'Disparaging'
I do think its A Grand Thing to 'Raise the Bar ' and push for something to 'Aspire 'to ...
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Hear hear!

What would you do if you went somewhere new, and the first thing an established member did was to disparage your work because it wasn't done the way they did theirs?

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Wow, we are off to a good start with this new section...

Why are you guys always disparaging other people's work? Just because you like an image to be a certain way doesn't mean that everyone else needs to conform to those same attributes.

Thiugh I do not feel I said something 'disparaging'
I do think its A Grand thing to 'Raise the Bar'
and push fir Something to 'Aspire' to ...
As long as people aren't mean, I don't think it is bad to have differences of opinion. I see many photos here on RFF that others rave about, and don't really impress me. I also see photos that don't seem to catch anybody's attention, and I just sit and stare enraptured.

There are many classes of photographs. We don't all like them all. As to the photos above, I really like some, and some don't really grab me. That's just normal to me.
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Exactly, oftheherd. It's OK to be different, we can't all agree, I just get very hot under the collar about anyone who believes in "one true way" and disparages everything else.

yes, I know, if that annoys me, why am I here?

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Let's not get ahead of ourselves. To begin with, I don't like this digital look.
Let me be as honest here as you

I finds those pictures interesting:

Rare case, I can't tell if it is digital or on film.
I looked at those pictures several times and every time it was pleasant.
Some of them are more on the painting side in terms of quality, light and some other things which makes presented photography special and admirable.

Thanks one more time to Stephen for keeping RFF traditions and finding respectable people!
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What would you do if you went somewhere new, and the first thing an established member did was to disparage your work because it wasn't done the way they did theirs?

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Exactly...especially one hand picked by the owner of the site.
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only 15 posts until disparagement. could have at least waited until the second page ...
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Exactly...especially one hand picked by the owner of the site.
I don't think there was gratuitous dismissal of the work (yet), that said if you arrive somewhere new and expect nothing but approval you're in for disappointment.

In fact I think it's a good sign, feels like dealing with real people when there's dissenting views and different characters, not just nicknames on the internet
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I find his photos very interesting.
Based on the photos posted here, I feel he focuses more on capturing "light" than "emotions" or "the moment", the traditional mantra of street photography.
Looking forward to hear what he has to say..
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I'm more interested in what he brings in terms of conversation, topics and ideas than whether I personally find his photographs to marry with my idea of what is and isn't, either, street or simply 'good.'

I'd also suggest bringing in an outsider (terrible term that makes RFF seem very insular) may be a very good thing, especially considering the strong opinions on what actually makes something a street shot or not - if we can't come to a consensus on that I doubt very much we'll ever all agree on what or who is good and best placed to take on the role of a mentor in such a forum.
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only 15 posts until disparagement. could have at least waited until the second page ...
I do hope they weren't disparaging Helen, although I admit I haven't a clue what's going on here
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only 15 posts until disparagement. could have at least waited until the second page ...
You realize this is the way of things to come in the new street forum, 15 posts into any thread and we'll have disparaging comments, volatile disagreements and plenty from those that are always correct
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I find his photos very interesting.
Based on the photos posted here, I feel he focuses more on capturing "light" than "emotions" or "the moment", the traditional mantra of street photography.
Looking forward to hear what he has to say..
Ditto. Most of the "street" photography that is deemed to be "street" by the "street" curating maf...err...tight circles...is a highly-distilled set of gesticulating individuals glorified under a bath of Flashlight-as-instrument-of-a-Deity's-fleeting-recognition-of-their-existence. Very wham-bam (and yet they say no thank you ma'am).

I tend to dismiss institutionalized genres over the more subtle touches of intimacy and humanity as represented by Stephen's picks in the OP -- and since this is the intertoobes, where reading is overrated, I'll just summarize my sentiments thusly: yay!! seems like a good start.
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I'm thrilled to see a new forum that is defined by a genre of images.

Not that there is any lack of images here, but the majority of forums are organized by gear. This new one, classified by imagery rather than gear, can't but be a good thing.
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digital or film, a good photo works whatever its source. i hope this goes over well ...
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I think maybe people are forgetting that they're going to be a "mentor" on the forum and not "the world's best street photographer".

I can't imagine anybody here has taken photography classes with a teacher who is the world's most interesting photographer. It looks like they know what they're doing and should have some interesting things to say about the art.
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it's the start of something new and different for us...image centric forum...could be refreshing!
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