Suzanne Stein is a street and documentary photographer currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She is a social realist and her work is sometimes characterized as raw, emotional and hyper realistic. Narrative street photography, reportage, visceral documentary images and fine art photography techniques are visible in her work with people living on the edges of society as well as everyday life visible in public places. She has photographed extensively in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Mexico and Philadelphia, creating individual bodies of work that reflect the unique complexities of each place she devotes time to photographing. She is currently photographing and using individual story telling to document Kensington, the epicenter of the opioid crisis in the United States.
I will talk about, not in order:
1) How I approach street photography and what is important to me to photograph as a social realist
2) skills I have worked on and requirements necessary to photograph in public
—the importance of following one’s impulses
—reflexes, linking what’s seen to the ability to compose and react quickly
—not allowing fear to act as a deterrent
3) independence as an artist, how I’ve learned to follow my own impulses and resist pressure from others to omit harsh aspects of life
4) non conformity and the necessity for me to follow my own aesthetic….
5) how I question aspects of street photography ethics and expression because of the influences of social media platforms
6) turning street photography into reportage or documentary in my work
7) staying safe on the street and my struggle to take pictures during a time when violence is an increasing threat
8) stories detailing people and situations I haven’t discussed on social media, information more sensitive and how I handle this knowledge as I photograph people
9) how I approach people in crazy places
10) why street photography is making itself irrelevant by putting style before narrative and content
11) AI related thoughts and how it may affect photographing life honestly
Föredraget kommer att hållas på engelska.