What is Street Photography?
Photo of a famous Rail Bridge in Sialkot

What is Street Photography?

Street Photography is the documentation of human conditions. It doesn’t need to be shot in the street, you can shoot it anywhere. Documenting people in their everyday environment is not easy – it requires patience, hard work and sometimes even some bravery to be able to approach and photograph complete strangers.

There are countless forum threads, Facebook discussions, blogs, and Flickr boards which argue what street photography is and what street photography isn’t. My thoughts and views have changed and evolved over the years about what is Street Photography.


My preference is to capture candid street pictures with people in them, I want to show everyday beauty, characters, moments, places, and details viewers may otherwise miss.

let’s not worry about definitions about what street photography is or isn’t. What is important that we are all drawn to photographing humanity and society around us.

We all have different reasons why we photograph– whether it be for historical or personal reasons. Some of us want our photos to affect people on an emotional level and have others reconsider their lives, some of us shoot for ourselves for the challenge and to release stress from our everyday existence, and some of us want our photos to be a record of our society to show our future grandchildren.

Jabbar Jamil

Jabbar Jamil is a photographer who has studied B.F.A in Photojournalism, yet his photographic focus is on street photography. Capturing fleeting moments that would normally go unnoticed. Jabbar wants to bring attention to the forgotten ignored areas around him.

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