This is a gallery solely dedicated to the genre of street photography, and this is a thing that fills my heart, but also puzzles me, since it's not a common thing to find around. A lot of photographers like me exhibit in bars, cafés or restaurants, simply because no gallery shows availability for emerging street photographers.
For this reason I decided to meet up with the gallery director, Alexey Shifman, to find out who he is and what are his motivations to have such space. So here follows a pleasant 30 minute talk I had with Alexey in a bar in Amsterdam.
First of all, a small update on my radio silence on this blog / page. Photography was put a bit on hold mainly due to lack of internet at home and starting a new job. But things are finally getting up to speed and with that, more free time to sit in front of the computer. Writing is something I don't excel at, but I do intend to provide more written content on the blog. Despite being a visual medium, photography has a lot to be told about.
Now let's get to the juicy news :)
Yearly I participate in a contest called Urban photo race, in which I have made some good friends, so good that, for this years edition, while they were arranging a gallery to exhibit the winners, they passed on my contact to the owner. There is a particularity about this gallery, it's dedicated solely to Street Photography, which you don't see that often. Usually Street Photos only get to walls of a gallery a few years after their making and only when they are made by a renowned photographer. It's a document of a past daily life, so it only becomes relevant when there is a documentary factor to it. Shooting the contemporary daily life spikes the interest of a select few and this is why many photographers, like me, exhibit their work in bars, cafes or restaurants. So it is with joy that, for the first time, I found myself able to put my prints on the walls of a gallery.
The exhibition will happen in February 2017 at Raw Streetphoto gallery, in Rotterdam. In the meantime I hope to get Alexey Shifman, the gallery owner, on the blog, to tell you more about himself and his motivations to open such a weird kind of gallery.