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“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Street photography is controversial. It is often debated in photographic circles as to what makes a street photograph. Exposure, composition and light can, and should, be applied to all areas of photography, however street photography has something extra. It captures a moment – one that will never happen again.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph.” – Robert Frank

As Bresson mentions it takes “a lightening instant” to capture a moment, however Frank points out there also “has to be vision” to make a good photograph so we thought we’d give ourselves a couple of hours at our last workshop to try to capture something good: