It went down in the DMs. Well, to start with anyway. Angelo Partemi (website here and @angelopartemi on the ‘gram) direct messaged me: he was passing through Chicago, his hometown, and wanted to meet up. After a moment’s look at his feed—*Borat voice with double thumbs up* veeeeerrrrrrryyy niiiice—of course I was game. Oh, and at a four-star rated dive bar on the North Side? Twist my arm, why don’tcha.
“It’s easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s simple as do re mi. A, B, C … ” The Jackson 5 released their number one hit in 1970, forever the first song in any alphabetically ordered list of chart-topping hits. This past year, San Francisco-based photographer William J Simpson (a.k.a, @jackthestreet, one of my “7 Instagram Street Photographers To Follow In 2017”) began his series “The ABCs of Street Photography,” in what is sure to be similarly ranked first in any alphabetically ordered list of street photography tips and inspiration.
Last week, I visited New York City, my second trip of the year to the Big Apple solely to shoot—a self-guided, three-day street photography vacation essentially. Having connected with some of the members of NYCSPC during my trip in the spring, I joined them for their monthly meeting held in Manhattan.
I started the year by highlighting “7 Instagram Street Photographers To Follow In 2017,” a collection of my favorite shooters I had discovered the year prior. And by “discovered,” I strictly meant found for myself: the first shooter on the list, Aaron Berger, currently has over 37 thousand followers, and the list average is nearly 20 thousand. Perhaps not everyday names, but certainly not unearthed by me from some neglected corner of the internet.
Moving forward, though, I want to continue spotlighting street photographers I come across on the app, with an emphasis on shooters sharing great work with relatively smaller followings. Here’s such a photographer: Alex Ledford. Around March of this year, it seems he shifted his account from personal sharing to a street photography focus.
This week, Champs Sports, in promotion of a sneaker release, posted a video showcasing New York City-based street photographer Aaron Berger (who I featured on my list of “7 Instagram Street Photographers To Follow In 2017”). The piece is titled “Forever Developing.” Get it?!
Street Photography International (SPi) is a collective of photographers “who promote the best street photography from around the world.” Their Instagram account—their main platform for promotion—just passed 250K followers. That’s a lot! Especially so for one so narrowly focused on the genre. And for good reason, as they curate and showcase top quality street photos from around the world.
Past performance doesn’t predict future outcomes. Perhaps for mutual funds, sure. But when determining whether to hit that blue follow button on Instagram, it’s basically all you’ve got to go by. And now, more than ever, there’s a wealth of street photographers on the app using it as their primary means of sharing their work.