• The Decisive Moment Has Arrived

    It is here. The Decisive Moment arrived from Steidl in Göttingen in Germany about half an hour ago. Beautiful facsimile after more than 60 years of absence. The most talked about photo book in history. A game changer. It arrived the same day as we got our Christmas Tree. I see the serendipic combination. Call it […]

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  • Introducing Creativity Training

    Small thing to be noticed. The name of this site is On Street Photography. We will work on and also around street photography, even if that goes beyond the specific wording of the title. One of the areas that are relevant to work with on this site, as well as when making photography, is creativity. […]

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  • Starting Up The Puzzle

    In the free world you can do as you like. As long as you don’t bother other people. No one basically care. On this site I, for instance, can do as I like. As long as I don’t bother other people. I portion of good will is not a bad thing either. I am starting […]

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  • Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters: Lea.

    You may remember Council of Europe and the project Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters? The huge project that introduces methods for successful intercultural encounters, and that in time will cover 820 million people in 47 European countries?  Give or take. Don’t be ashamed if you have never heard of Council of Europe. Neither had I a […]

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  • What Is Referential Street Photography?

    What is referential street photography? What does a referential photograph look like? In New Street Agenda we speak of contextual photography. From contextual street photography to referential street photography, the jump is not big. There are differences, though. Let’s look at it. In contextual street photography you treat subjects in a context. Meaning they are distinctly among other things or other people. That spurs […]

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  • Doc! Photo Magazine: Italy Is Here.

    Finally, Italy is here. Celebrated by doc! photo magazine. 5 photographers and 15 fine street photos selected from The Europeans. Go to page 225 in the magazine to see the fine pictures. Introduction written by our very own, Giovanni Mattia Porcelli, under the soft assistance of The Henri. You have seen nothing like it. Congratulations to Sanja Buterin, Luigi Casentini, […]

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  • How To Make An Inspirational!

      Inspirations are important. If you are an aspiring street photographer you want to get inspired to get better. Right? How do you do that? There is only one way: The hard way. In stead of holding on to checklists and other soft information that comes in buckets, you do it the hard way. The […]

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  • Traveling Light.

    This time I had decided to travel light. I mean, normally I take three cameras including a SLR with 3 all metal lenses; two MacBooks just to be on the safe side; three external hard disks, cloth and other gear enough to survive a winter in Siberia.  After all Berlin is closer to the cold […]

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  • Welcome to Street Photographer’s Toolbox 2.0

      Welcome to Street Photographer’s Toolbox. In short, The Toolbox. Or to be more precise, what in the future will be Street Photographer’s Toolbox. Up till now The Toolbox has been a separate blog. And it still is. In the future it will be an integrated part of On Street Photography, this very site. It has been established as a child site with […]

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  • Will McBride at C/O Berlin

    I did not know much about Will McBride. He turned out to be the main celebrity at the grand opening of C/O Berlin at Amerika Haus in Berlin, October 29, 2014. Here he is greeted by an old friend, while a television crew is making gear ready for an interview. McBride was born in Chicago in 1931. After having completed his military […]

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  • Creatics: A Tactic for Creativity.

    Many years ago I thought up a new word. The word was Creatics. There is a road that connects creativity and tactics, I thought. The word Creatics is a good term for it. So I took it. I even got it protected. I even wrote a series of articles about it. Click here and you will see. Unfortunately it is in Danish. The […]

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  • Perla In Bianca Fronte

    PERLA IN BIANCA FRONTE I have always been fascinated by thoughts that had the ability of making complex things simple. There are not so many around any more since it seems that many figure that since practical reality is so varied, so must everything else be too. In our time, as in may times before […]

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  • Reinventing Contax G2.

    True. Never would I have dreamed of it. I have decided to revitalise my old Contax G2. Why? Because I find it to be an excellent camera in an excellent condition.The Planer 2/45mm is supposed to one of the best lenses ever made. Solms included. I know I used it in 2008. Maybe even in 2009 and […]

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  • Room At The Top

    Seems that New Street Agenda has already got a room at the top. I posted a note on the reprint of The Decisive Moment, yesterday. Searched for it today and this result came up. Flanked by Magnum and Wikipedia, which are eminent company. Coming in as second from about 5,920,000 results, is not such a bad idea. Have a good day. […]

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  • New Street Agenda: The Workshop 2015.

    New Street Agenda: The Workshop. Berlin, June 18 – 21, 2015 The Workshop contains three modules: 1) The PreShop The PreShop is a prelude to the actual workshop. It starts in good time before each workshop and will normally include a few tasks that the participant has to solve before attending. These tasks can be targeted to the individual participant […]

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  • 2015: A Lot Of Celebration Going On.

    2015 will be a year for celebrations. The Summit will run for the 8th consecutive year. This year, for the first time in Copenhagen. It will happen July 3 – 5, 2015 during the opening days of Copenhagen Jazz Festival. New Street Agenda: The Workshop will take place in Berlin from June 18 to June 21, […]

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  • René Burri In Memoriam

    René Burri (1933-2014), definitely, was one the the major European street photographers. He died October 20, 2014 at 81. This photograph is taken, October 29, 2014, at C/O Berlin at the reopening in Charlottenburg, Berlin. The paper shows the most iconic shot he will be remembered for: His portrait on Che Guevara. © Knut Skjærven. #decisivemoment  #knutskjærven #knutskjaerven #newstreetagenda #oneverystreet #theuropeans #theeuropeans #streetphotography #thedge #theedge #reneburri #coberlin […]

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  • Kill Your Darlings

    I did not invent these words. Somebody else did. That somebody else was William Faulkner. He said, that in writing you must kill your darlings. Our task is to adapt this to street photography, and say that even in photography you must murder your darlings. In street photography your darling are those concepts, those ways […]

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  • Raison D’être.

    The reason is really very simple. This site it about street photography. But street photography as a way of visual communication. Street photography is a way to render and understand the world in visual terms. Thus it has things in common with other forms of visual expressions: painting, drawing, film. Not to forget the way […]

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  • Taste Is A Different Ballgame.

    Some people seem to suffer from the illusion that something comes from nothing. Not so in my experience. Rather, nothing comes from nothing. Oh, well, does it really matter if something cannot come from nothing? We all experience things a little differently, anyway?  No one will ever find out what is the difference between something […]

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  • Personal Ikon: Beach Man.

    Do you have a personal icon? I have. Not many but a few. We are talking about street photography. I think it is important that you have one or a few personal icons to measure yourself against. You have to show them too. Publish them. The time has gone when you could expect a helping […]

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  • Meet The Henri?

    From time to time you might meet, The Henri. The Henri is the incarnation of quality, experience and expertise. He works fast and frugal. His hand not shaken or stirred. He does a bit of science, he does a bit of art. He claims to have met Picasso, Munch, Breton and Orson Welles. Sartre for […]

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  • Elliott Erwitt, Thomas Hoepker and Stephan Erfurt at C/O Berlin.

    From left to right: Thomas Hoepker, Elliott Erwitt and at Stephan Erfurt the grand opening of C/O Berlin at Amerika House, October 29, 2014. Stephan Erfurt is CEO of C/O Berlin. Read more about C/O Berlin here. © Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. #elliotterwitt #thomashoepker #stephanerfurt #knutskjaerven #knutskjærven #newstreetagenda #coberlin #onstreetphotography #streetphotography

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  • Financial Times Wrote

    Yes, this is the photograph that Financial Times used for their article on street photography November 1, 2014. Today you will see it two times. It is also the logo I will use for the next workshop.  It will be held in Berlin in June 18-21, 2015. That is why you see it two times. It is […]

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  • Exclusive Contract With Council of Europe.

    In 2013 I was selected as the exclusive photographer for a major, educational project under Council of Europe.  The project covers 47 Europeans countries and 820 million people. The project will run for many years. Visit Council of Europe, read about the project and see the 47 photographs that were selected for Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters. The photographs will be […]

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