Street photographers are some of the most prolific capturers out there. We’ve gathered 16 of the best contemporary street photographers in this amazing list.
Go follow them on social media and let their work inspire you!
16. Dirty Harrrry
This Dirty Harrrry (AKA Charalampos Kydonakis) has three r’s. He is a street photographer from Crete in Greece. He has his own unique style that attracts viewers from all over the globe.
His images of daily street life look and feel ethereal – like dreams. You will see his work, like his subjects, is full of emotion.
Many images are flash-lit, a style that Eric Kim compliments. He shows us his hometown of Rethymno and the surrounding areas, but he also travels just for the streets.
15. Angelo Ferrillo
Angelo Ferrillo was all set to be an engineer. But somehow he found his way to photography. And we are lucky he did.
He is a photojournalist through and through. So we should count ourselves lucky he turns his eye, and lenses, to the street.
Apart from being a Hasselblad ambassador, he is also part of the Italian Street Photography Association. He has photographed the streets of London, Berlin, Florence, and Tokyo.
He is a great storyteller, and one of my favorite contemporary street photographers.
14. Zack Arias
Zack Arias is a born-and-raised Atlantian. He is a strong force in contemporary street photography. That is, when he isn’t shooting commercial photography.
Music stars or huge corporations are no mystery to Zack. He has a taste for the bold and beautiful and brings his experience into his street images.
Not only is he a Fujifilm representative but he is also one of the best contemporary photographers out there.
13. JN Silva
JN Silva considers his photography a way to augment his memories of the past. He studied English and Philosophy, which you can see reflected in his work.
By browsing through his images, you’ll see bright, colorful shots of the street. People, places, and events are the center of his photographic journey.
My favorite images of his are the reflections and aerial shots of New York City.
12. Steven John Irby
If you have ever heard of Street Dreams Magazine, Steve Irby is the other half of the leadership. He runs by the moniker Steve Sweatpants on Instagram because he likes to be comfortable.
You’ll find many different styles of street photography in his portfolio. It’s a breath of fresh air and will have you coming back for more.
Cityscapes, portraits, street art – he covers it all.
11. Phil Penman
One word I love to use to describe Phil Penman is ‘offbeat’. His images are beautiful, funny, gripping and intriguing. He captures everyday life in New York City.
The Big Apple might be his home, but Phil originated from the UK. He makes time for shooting personal street photography in-between shooting celebrities for USA Today.
The Leica M is his weapon of choice.
This Russian designer and photographer started his personal photography by capturing portraits for his 365 Parisians series.
He continued the project after its closure, creating a huge body of work that tells the story of a city. He captures elegant women and overworked cooks.
Donato di Comillo did for American beaches what Martin Parr did for British ones. He showed the rest of the world what a theatre it is.
He discovered photography in prison and stuck with it when he left. He found the work of Bruce Gilden and William Klein.
Street photography was his calling. He feels like an outsider, so obviously, it is the outsiders that interest him the most. People never cease to amaze him.
Thomas is a very passionate street photographer. Not only is he an international street photographer, but he has a great outlook on helping others.
His images are free to download and use, so are his five Ebooks.
He writes extensively about his own work while promoting street photography. He is based in Switzerland, yet travels all around the globe just to capture the streets.
As a contemporary street photographer, you will be hard pushed to find much better.
7. Girma Barta
Girma Barta is one of my all-time favorite contemporary street photographers. He is a self-taught street photographer. A great visionary who amazingly incorporates graphic design into his images.
You will often see him cut out his subjects and place them suspended in a block color background. He runs the GBox Creative and continues to shoot the streets of Adis Ababa in Ethiopia.
We love his colorful style – it is really refreshing.
Shinya Arimoto is a professor of photography at the Tokyo School of Visual Arts. He still manages to capture the streets in his spare time.
His style is to find and shoot characters he sees on his journey. He often spends hours at a time traipsing around the streets.
5. John Free
John Free isn’t a newcomer to photography, let alone capturing the streets. He has experience and the images to show for it.
And he shares a lot of it on Youtube.
His video outlets show his philosophical approach to street photography. He tells us how to photograph, and he also looks at why we photograph.
John gives classes and workshops out of his native Los Angeles, as well as in many other places around the world.
Paola Franqui, also known as Monaris, is a street photographer based in New York City. She is actively looking to tell stories through scenes rich with emotion, expression, and color.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t love her cool and trendy style with well-lit scenes. The Puerto Rican’s Instagram feed is full of street portraits. Her use of lighting and timing is exceptional.
Check out her Instagram and website for even more inspiration.
3. Rui Palha
One of the classic photographers in our list, Rui Palha doesn’t disappoint. Lisbon is his stomping ground.
This is where he paints a portrait of the city through photos of people or street scenes.
He is very active on Facebook. This might be the best place to see his textured prints, use of leading lines and rich street moments.
Lee Jefferies is a UK photographer, working on very important social commentary. His project Lost Angels sees portrait after stunning portrait of homeless men and women.
He isn’t after the candid moments, but instead, he engages with the community. He prefers to build connections.
This allows their soul to bear through the simple images and flood the viewer’s hearts.
Boogie (born Vladimir Milivojevich) is a Serbian street photographer who traveled around the world at least twice.
It was his photography of the streets of New York that first brought him recognition.
His subjects and environments are those that we would rather turn a blind eye toward. He covers neglected children, drug abuse, and self-made gangsters. The rough sides of life laid out in black and white.
There you have them, 16 of the best street photographers out there. Follow them on Instagram, check out their Facebook pages, and let them inspire you.