Street Photography has been one of the most influential and important photographic traditions of the last 150 years providing unparalleled documentary evidence of public life, social habits and journeys. As well as inspiring artists, writers and historians, street photography promotes an appreciation of the ordinary and extra- ordinary in everyday life.
The London Street Photography Festival will pay tribute to this rich heritage and advocate its future in this creative capital. The festival will consist of exhibitions, talks, screenings, walks, workshops, interactive events and festival awards.
The King’s Cross area will be the festival hub, with associated exhibitions taking place across London. We are excited to be working with three prestigious venues; St Pancras International, The British Library and The German Gymnasium, all of which will play host to a number of exhibitions, interactive events and other activities during the festival.
The festival defines street photography as:
Candid, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings. Situated in public environments — which are often but not exclusively, urban — street photography is perhaps more easily defined as a method than a genre. The results can fit into documentary, portraiture and other genres, but the key elements of spontaneity, careful observation and an open mind ready to capture whatever appears in the viewfinder are essential.
As the only festival dedicated to street photography in the UK, we will challenge the varying interpretations of street photography. We aim to provoke debate and expect this definition and the breadth of work we present to adapt and evolve each year.
We are committed to celebrating photography as an accessible art form and an essential tool for communication. Our goal is to provide a platform for both celebrated and emerging street photographers working across the UK, with a special focus on London. The festival intends to showcase a selection of international work and the public will also be invited to participate in interactive and educational events.