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Best of Street Photography series is back on APF. Every month we feature the best of street photography from thousands of photographs posted in the APF Magazine street photography group on Facebook. The closed group has over 139K active members from 100+ countries.

So here are the best 30 from Feb~Mar 2018. Congratulations to all the winners. Out of the these, 4 are selected to be featured in the next issue of APF Magazine. Available here.

Stay Tuned.

© Emir Bağcı
© Emir Bağcı
© Rahul Baxi
© Rahul Baxi
© Rebecca Weaton
© Rebecca Weaton
© Antonio E. Ojeda
© Antonio E. Ojeda
© Didier Wüthrich
© Didier Wüthrich
© Khant Zaw
© Khant Zaw
© Bob Matkodak
© Bob Matkodak
© Aji Pratama
© Aji Pratama
© Bhaskar Kundu
© Bhaskar Kundu
© Job Jetwichan Chaowadee
© Job Jetwichan Chaowadee
© Sarasij Dasgupta
© Sarasij Dasgupta
© Bob Matkodak
© Bob Matkodak
© Sayan Mukherjee
© Sayan Mukherjee
© Gerry Orkin
© Gerry Orkin
© Dzung Viet Le
© Dzung Viet Le
Mana Jiranapakul‎
© Mana Jiranapakul‎
© Rj Raj
© Rj Raj
© Shamsull Bakhtiar
© Shamsull Bakhtiar
© Antonio E. Ojeda
© Antonio E. Ojeda
© Fabian Schreyer
© Fabian Schreyer
© Satyam Sit
© Satyam Sit
© Sydul Islam Sayed
© Sydul Islam Sayed
© Jeffrey De Keyser
© Jeffrey De Keyser
© Andres Cesar
© Andres Cesar
© Job Jetwichan Chaowadee
© Job Jetwichan Chaowadee
© Vishal Chhajer
© Vishal Chhajer
© Sebastien Regert
© Sebastien Regert
© Bhaskar Kundu
© Bhaskar Kundu
© Bojan Nikolic
© Bojan Nikolic
© Shamsull Bakhtiar
© Shamsull Bakhtiar

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Interview with Stuart Paton, by Arek Rataj

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stuart paton

You Can Shoot. Can You Talk?

Arek Rataj spoke with Stuart Paton recently. Stuart is a freelance photographer born and raised in the central belt of Scotland. He shoots street photography in the spirit of reportage. And vice-versa.

STUART PATON

Biography

I’m a photographer because I couldn’t face a dreary 9 to 5 and it offers the only hope I have of self-validation and re-enchanting my world. More shadowboxer than prizefighter, I nonetheless aspire to pictures with some lo-fi sociological value and soul. Always aiming for something that looks like a mixture of ‘Guernica’ and The Shangri-Las.

stuart paton

Q. What is your first childhood memory?

A. Basking in the comforting swirl of my mother’s amniotic fluid but thinking, ‘It’s probably all downhill from here, pal’. Then a few years later, feeling lost and lonely after being dropped off at a children’s home and realising my precocious pessimism had been bang on the money. OK, maybe that first one was just a daydream but a relic of the second lives on in my pictures. If life had a reverse gear I wouldn’t use it much and certainly not for my childhood.

Q. Are you still learning who you are?

A. No, I’ve already cracked that code and now I’m busy trying to unlearn who I am because I didn’t like what it taught me. That said, it definitely is helpful having an understanding of what makes us tick in order to avoid being capsized by mind-storms. Personally speaking, I cope better by staying outside my head because it’s not a place I want to loiter. You probably already have a similar feeling about this interview.

Q. Who are you when no one is looking at you?

A. I suppose this is the question that provokes the most lies from people.

That’s like, ‘Did the tree really fall down if no one was there to actually witness it ?’. To an extent we view ourselves through the eyes of other people so when no one is looking at me I’m keeping an eye on me for them.

As a kid, I was a jukebox stacked with a cute playlist of adopted personas. As an adult, there’s a near perfect overlap between the public and private me. Probably because my default position is misanthropy allied with a highly ethical code of conduct that treats everyone with decency until I find out they are, in actual fact, a cunt. Schopenhauer said, ‘We’re only truly ourselves when we’re alone’. But was anyone there to actually witness that ? And if there was, does that mean it wasn’t truly him who said it ?

stuart paton

Q.What got you involved in photography in the first place?

A. Accident, necessity and my dad. I’d ditched my apprenticeship at the local docks, got kicked out the house and set off on a six month road trip of America with my best pal. I was 19 at the time and bowled over by what I saw there. The natural beauty; the searing inequality. My neurons were short-circuiting with it all so I bought a little Agfa 110 to ease the burden.

After some more traveling, I returned to Scotland and splashed out on a bottom-of-the range SLR. I started shooting pictures in earnest, using my unemployment money on bus trips and cold pies. This was Britain in the mid-1980s, just a few years into Thatcher’s dystopian masterplan so for anyone with a pulse it wasn’t tough finding social subject-matter.

My dad was a good club photographer and had built a tiny darkroom underneath the stairs where we had to kneel down to print. He saw promise in my early snaps and encouraged me onwards. I mulled over the alchemy and mute hieroglyphics of it all. Then went out and shot ‘Hoi Polloi’. My apprenticeship proper.

Enjoyed this. Read the full interview in the latest issue of APF Magazine. Download HERE from the iOS store today.

APF Magazine

APF Bangkok Masterclass, 11th-13th May 2018

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APF is organising a 3 day intensive masterclass which is tailor made to cater to the needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos on the streets of Bangkok. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. Our workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

During this masterclass, mentors will take the students out on the streets and pass on their tips and knowledge on capturing compelling images on the street. This masterclass includes classroom and shooting sessions. Detail lectures, critiques and selection process will be part of everyday session. We will also look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light, will present a video documentary of how their images are made as they shoot and how they fine tune their vision.

Vineet, Rohit and would also guide you through their signature – Gestalt Vision, widely applied in their images, which basically involves an attempt to organize visual elements into groups or unified whole by applying principles of composition.

Apply here for the Masterclass

The mentors will accompany participants while shooting, observe them at work and give instant feedback and suggestions when required. Students will also have a chance to observe the mentors at work, learn their tricks and techniques.

This masterclass is limited to a maximum of 12 participants,

During this intensive 3-day masterclass, mentors will focus on the following topics:

–       Street photography

–       The light and how to handle it

–       Composition – from simple to multi-layered

–       Telling a story with your photographs

–       Working on projects

–       Developing personal style

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

WORKSHOP FEE

 Tuition for the workshop Early Bird THB 17,500/ $500 (valid till 28th Feb)

$590 after 28th Feb

Charges are for the workshop only. The participants are responsible for travel, visa, accommodation and local transport costs. Staying in Bangkok is fairly reasonable and starts from under $25 a night. If you want any assistance regarding your accommodation in Bangkok, you can email Mehar at contact@artphotofeature.com.

REGISTRATION

To sign up for the workshop please email us at contact@artphotofeature.com

After registering we will send you an email regarding the deposit and payment options. To secure a spot in the workshop you must send the full deposit.

To find out more about APF workshops, you can visit
http://www.artphotofeature.com/apf-magazine-street-photography-workshop-bangkok-6th-8th-june-2014/

Mentors

©Vineet Vohra
©VINEET VOHRA

Vineet Vohra

 
Born in Delhi/India, Vineet did masters in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts. He is a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he follows like a discipline.
 
Vineet started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years and then switched on to street in 2001, it instantly became his passion.Vineet considers street photography a journey that he travels everyday. He believes in learning and unlearning and thrives to improve with each shot. Life in general which is so unexpected, he tries to be as honest through his lens as he can. His main focus is on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.
 
Currently Vineet presents workshops globally and has judged MSPF ( Miami street photography festival ), currently judging San Fransisco street photography festival and conducting a seminar and a workshop in SF. His works and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines all over the world including National Geographic. He is part of the famous collective www.streetcollective.com which comprises of only 8 members from the world and a part of APF collective which has 20 members.
 
In 2015 he was placed 5th in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
In 2016 has is placed 3rd in the top most influential street photographers.
 
He is a Leica Mentor
 
Other publishes :
 
©Rohit Vohra
©ROHIT VOHRA
Rohit Vohra
 
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. He is a Leica Leica Academie Mentor. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.
 
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
 
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
His portfolio
 
Follow him here
 
He was placed No. 1 in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
Some of his interviews
An Interview with Eric Kim
Latest Articles (May-Aug 2016) for Huffington post
 
 
At Bored Panda
 
He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, PX3, SIPA, MIFA, Tokyo International Foto awards, Photogravphy Grant etc.
 

Venue : TBA

11th May : 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

12th May : 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
13th May : 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
 
Since the class is limited to max 12 participants, we can confirm your seat once the full deposit has been made.
To confirm your spot, write to us at contact@artphotofeature.com
 
Here is a link to know what APF Street photography workshops are like,
Read participant Testimonials from one of our workshop in Singapore last year

Apply here for the Masterclass

Kumbh, Art of story telling workshop. 12th-16th Jan 2018

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© Rohit Vohra

Kumbh” in its literal English translation means “Pot”, which emerged from “Samudra Manthan”(Churning of the Ocean) between Gods and Devils. The term ‘Mela‘ signifies’Fair‘.

The Magh (Kumbh) Mela is one of the greatest annual religious affairs for Hindus. Hindu mythology considers the origin of the Magh Mela to be the beginning of the Universe. An important occasion, the Magh (Kumbh) Mela is held every year on the banks of Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the three great rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Prayag near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh.

A large number of people arrive here annually and stay in makeshift houses or tents at the Sangam, spending the entire month of Magh in prayers.

APF is organising a 4 day intensive workshop which is tailor made to cater to needs of anyone who wishes to train their eyes to find order in chaos of this years Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad. Street photography is very rewarding but at the same time, one of the hardest genres to master. This workshop would help ease the anxiety next time you hit the streets, would help solve the puzzle of composing compelling images in split seconds and most importantly it would help you to see.

©Rohit Vohra
©Rohit Vohra

Each day will include shooting and theoretical session on all you need to know about street and travel photography, dos and don’ts, ways to overcome the fear of getting close, detailed look into various composition aspects and the common mistakes while composing, understanding layering in photography, developing ones own style, understanding peripheral vision, ways to see and treat light. Rohit will also share shot videos of how photographs are made.

© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra

A make shift classroom will help the participants share and select their top images for review and critiques.
Rohit will talk about the art of story telling. How to write stories and photo essays, followed by a lecture on importance of shooting personal projects and how it benefits in a long run.

© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra

Workshop Charges : $590/ Rs 38,000 (Workshop only)

Charges are for workshop only, The participants are responsible for travel costs, visa, air tickets, train etc, accommodation and local transport. If you want any assistance regarding your stay, you can mail Mehar at contact@artphotofeature.com
© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra

This workshop is limited to 5 participants only.

There are no pre-requisites for attending this workshop. The workshop will be best suited for photographers who have some understanding of how to operate their camera, edit their photos, have some experience in photography and want to take their skills to the next level. However, inexperienced photographers are also welcome.

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

About the Mentor

Rohit Vohra
 
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 12 years.
 
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers, He is a member of APF Collective. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
© Rohit Vohra
© Rohit Vohra
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
He is a Leica Brand Ambassador and Mentor.
Follow him
 
He was placed No. 1 in the top 20 most influential street photographers.
Some of his interviews
An Interview with Eric Kim
Some Articles (2016-2017) for Huffington post
 
 
At Bored Panda
 
He is on the judging panel of some of the top Photography awards in the world. Including IPA, PX3, SIPA, MIFA, Tokyo International Foto awards, Photogravphy Grant etc.
 

APF top 100. Truly inspiring street photographs

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