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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  • Selfie for Mr. Kerry

    Interesting and quite unexpected things happen away from home. Like this Wednesday when I stumbled into Mr. John Kerry, United States Secretary of State, on his way from his lunch restaurant to the chocolate shop at the next corner. In Berlin Mitte. I followed the heavily protected group to exercise my paparazzi gene. Then right in front of […]

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  • The Forefathers

    Who’s are the forefathers of street photography in Europe? Here are some names that should be recognised: Eugene Atget (1857-1927); Brassaï (1899-1984); Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004); Rene Burri (1933-2014); Robert Capa (1913-1954); Robert Doisneau (1912-1994); Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995); Arno Fischer (1927-2011); Robert Frank (1924); Josef Koudelka (1938);  William Klein (1928); Will McBride (1931); Elliott Erwitt (1928); André Kertész (1894-1985); Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972); Vivian Maier (1926-2009); Inge Morath (1923-2002); Martin Parr (1952); Willy Ronis (1910-2009). […]

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