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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 03-29-2015   #41
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Dan, you are rockin'. Great stuff.
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Thanks King.

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Old 04-03-2015   #46
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Thanks Helen -- going by what I learned from your experiences, I asked first with trooper shot. Other shot, the guy never noticed -- which was interesting.

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I saw a selfie among these images too.

What a great eye you have. Some true gems among these images....I too really liked the 3 women looking in different directions. The trooper image is downright scary. I'd worry about the one on the left -- he looks so gung-ho I'd just rather not interact with him. The doorman image is so classic. Love it. The passerby, passerby image is the kind of thing I wish I could do. Love it too.

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Man tossing coffee cup -- nothing but air! 9th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
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A little cruel but brilliant! So many wonderful shots here.

Can I ask about your focusing technique with the Rollei Dan? Do you zone focus, pre-focus on a spot and wait for your target, scale focus? The Rolleiflex isn't an obvious street camera but you make it look easy

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Thanks, and great questions Steve. Home base for me is 10ft. You need to have a camera with an accurate distance scale, or if not, know what's what. I've gotten really good at knowing when I'm 10 feet away. So if I'm going to be closer I guess that, and if I need to include a bit more info then I'm at 12 or 15 feet. When in doubt, I will find another "target" equidistant from the subject I wish to photograph, and then pivot and and shoot. If I have time to critical focus, I do. I get satisfaction and kicks from shooting while walking backwards or matching my pace to subject's. And I enjoy friendly interactions with people after I take shots, as situations permit. The only time I feel not like a prisoner is when I'm out walking, going anywhere my feet take me, and just looking at a plate full of special.
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Got it - thanks for the explanation. I'm pretty good at judging distances by eye but the focus scale on my 3.5f is a bit out of whack so I think I would struggle to replicate your results (although lack of talent is probably a more significant issue!)
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Really excellent NYC street photographs, Dan. Please keep them coming.
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4/1/2015 West 40th Street, Manhattan, New York City
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A dollar down the drain. Brilliant, although you post this just as the dollar has been getting stronger against the euro recently. What does it all mean?
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CNNY LOL Many people walked by this poor, lonely, wet dollar. I wondered who would pick it up, and if it would make a good shot. So I waited and waited. I chose a spot, picked a distance, and tried to pretend I wasn't watching. Finally a woman stopped and picked it up -- she wasn't European, so I doubt she grabbed it to capitalize on a favorable exchange rate. Unfortunately, she came from a direction that didn't work well for my taking a photo. After she picked it up, she held it away from her and shook it as she walked so it could drip dry. Then she pocketed it. Hopefully she used it to buy Purell. So this is basically the shot that didn't pan out and lead to something better. But, I had my thinking cap on.
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Your photographs are wonderful, street in the true sense of the word. Thank you also for the tips and tricks guidance you give, it is very very helpful. I've got a 2.8f and would love to feel confident taking photos on the street, usually feel a bit afraid though.
Keep these fab photos coming NY_Dan.
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Love the images!

Favorites that stand out, Fireman, High Five, State Troopers, 2 Women Passing by out of the fog, & Doorman.

Wonderful.....
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Hoarder, I know what you mean by being afraid -- that's the up and down side of street photography. You have to be alert for the shot, and know or get to know how far you can go to get the shots you want and with the subjects that interest you. I pass on some shots for that reason. It's a judgement call. And the more you go out, the better you may get at it. Have good answers for people asking what you're doing and why. Don't debate, or hang around too long. HCB said you can shoot one shot and look like a tourist, but more... I like more when possible. Bigger fear for me is spending all day wandering and not having any shots on film to look forward to developing. That for me is a bad feeling. Like commercial photography, when you have an assignment, and you just can't deliver crap. So you try to stack the deck in your favor -- by being prepared, and by pushing it when possible. At least when you're shooting just for yourself, your livelihood, and that of the people hiring you isn't on the line. Take the 2.8 out for a long walk -- do it every day for a month. See someone interesting on the street, ask if you can do a few shots -- all they can say is no. Those usually aren't the shots you want anyway, so who cares?
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4/7/2015 Funny shot of a gardener scratching his back with a pickaxe.
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Thanks Dan for your suggestions, I will go out every day. Yesterday I found myself hoping for empty streets and if there were people around I chickened out. Now it seems as if I'm embarrassed to be seen taking photos. Going out again today and am determined to beat this and gain confidence
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Thanks Dan for your suggestions, I will go out every day. Yesterday I found myself hoping for empty streets and if there were people around I chickened out. Now it seems as if I'm embarrassed to be seen taking photos. Going out again today and am determined to beat this and gain confidence
Hoarder, it's not for me to say what another photographer should or shouldn't do, or what should hold their interest. In my own head, this changes frequently. Whatever feels right for you is right. I hope the following three photos illustrate one approach that you might like. Often, if I see someone interesting on the street I simply ask if I can take a few photos. Worse can happen is someone says no. Sometimes "no" can be funny, for example in the case of a woman with wild hair who said, "I hate photos." Which is funny because it begs the question, did she have a bad experience with a photo? Anyway, these photos are of Jerry -- a 24-year old self-proclaimed actor and musician. I ran into him on 42nd Street near 9th Avenue in Manhattan, NYC. He and a friend were on the way to catch a bus to upstate NY. When I was 19 I too traveled cross-country with a backpack and a pair of dangling boots. I asked Jerry if we could shoot a few photos. As you can see, he was into it. My point is that you can start off asking, and then if you feel comfortable, shoot candids. I think people are too busy with their own lives to care much if at all if a photographer shoots a few photos of what anyone can see with their eyes.






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4/8/2015 Boxer, Michael Dominguez hits the heavy bag on basketball court, Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City
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... thanks emraphoto -- I was lucky to get that shot -- so many people walking by and that they agreed, and that my one shot has each person with a good expression.

4/8/2015 Woman dining alone on Broadway in the 70's, Manhattan, New York City.
I had to wait, and pretend I wasn't interested in taking her photo until her hands were holding the knife and fork the way I wanted, and then it was pivot, pray, and shoot.
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4/8/2015 Meet Justin, New York City bike messenger.
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4/4/2015 Anything can be beautiful. Anything can be beautiful Garbage can be beautiful – if a guy knows and can pull it off.
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[quote=NY_Dan;2474298]Hoarder, it's not for me to say what another photographer should or shouldn't do, or what should hold their interest. In my own head, this changes frequently. Whatever feels right for you is right. I hope the following three photos illustrate one approach that you might like. Often, if I see someone interesting on the street I simply ask if I can take a few photos. Worse can happen is someone says no. Sometimes "no" can be funny, for example in the case of a woman with wild hair who said, "I hate photos." Which is funny because it begs the question, did she have a bad experience with a photo? Anyway, these photos are of Jerry -- a 24-year old self-proclaimed actor and musician. I ran into him on 42nd Street near 9th Avenue in Manhattan, NYC. He and a friend were on the way to catch a bus to upstate NY. When I was 19 I too traveled cross-country with a backpack and a pair of dangling boots. I asked Jerry if we could shoot a few photos. As you can see, he was into it. My point is that you can start off asking, and then if you feel comfortable, shoot candids. I think people are too busy with their own lives to care much if at all if a photographer shoots a few photos of what anyone can see with their eyes.

Hi Dan and thank you for this great advice. Your photos of Jerry are brilliant, I'll certainly start asking and hope for the best. Love how this was a reminder for you of your journeys aged 19.
(It was also a reminder for me of a fab 10 day trip to NYC in 2006 staying at the Harvard Club on W44th).
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3/2015 Storefront windows, Manhattan, New York City
Well, I'm all caught up (except for 2 rolls) on my developing and scanning. Busier with this than usual because I had off the past week. Will try to keep up a good pace.
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Great stuff Dan.....
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Thanks airfrogusmc

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4/17/2015 Construction workers laying down a fresh asphalt roadbed, Manhattan, New York City
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4/17/2015 Woman's spike heels with spikes and street performers on 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
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4/12/2015 View of Empire State Building and New York City Eastern skyline from LIC Queens
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4/17/2015 Man leaning on storefront window on the corner of 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York City
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Well, been shooting a lot lately, could ya tell? Averaging about 2 rolls per day. Here's a shot of two men at the Lincoln Center fountain, New York City

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4/15/2015 Two men investigating a water pipe break in a basement on West 38th Street, New York City
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