Consuelo, Maria Josefa, and Jose Garcia
on the streets of Madrid, Spain circa 1940
Several bloggers and geneabloggers have addressed “Street Photography” in some of their posts. Brett Payne, who writes from New Zealand blogged about sidewalk photographers herehttp://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/2009/03/sidewalk-photographers-bournemouth.html
and here http://photo-sleuth.blogspot.com/2010/07/spotlight-photos-ltd-walking-pictures.html
Sheri Fenley “The Educated Genealogist” did a nice job describing street photographers here
http://www.shadesofthedeparted.com/2009/03/friday-from-collectors-sidewalk.html and wrote about some of the shady sides of the trade.
Cynthia Shenette, who blogs at “Heritage Zen” wrote here http://heritagezen.blogspot.com/2010/08/follow-friday-walking-pictures-ancestry.html about “walking pictures” and I recognized the style right away. Some of my mother-in-laws photos from Spain looked like they were done by sidewalk photographers. Her photos were taken in Madrid in the 1940s and 50s. She told me the reason they were taken on the street was due to strict regulations about solicitation during Franco’s regime. Photos already taken and sold as displays avoided street solicitation, and remind me of the overpriced photos sold on cruise ships or at tourist attractions. A photo snapped of your family as you embark on a cruise is sold later, and of course you buy it as a remembrance of your vacation, even though you don’t remember anyone taking your photo.
Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo