One cannot write about street photography without paying tribute to Eugene Atget (1857-1927) who, for 30 years starting in the last days of the 19th century, supported himself by selling prints taken on the streets of Paris to working artists. He worked using a large tripod mounted wooden camera using glass plates that measured about 7 X 9.5 inches.
With the introduction and popularity of the 35mm camera, street photography took on a new life and Simpson Kalisher (1926–) is credited in Time Frames, A History of Photography by Ian Jeffries, Ivy Press Ltd, (UK) Amphoto (USA) 1968, as being one of the early street photographers of this period. (1949 is the earliest date attached to one of his photographs.) Simpson Kalisher has described his street photography as a compulsive need to understand photography itself. “I needed to understand my medium, my world and myself at one and the same time.”
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