IN THIS ISSUE:
Batsceba Hardy, Italian by heritage, international by inclination, is the co-founder of both the Progressive-Street Facebook page and the official website. Everyone knows she is the brains behind this outfit, and it’s her vision that guides and inspires the affiliated photographers of this collective.
A life-long Milano resident, Hardy is a bit of a Renaissance woman for all the hats she wears through out the course of a day. She is a wife, mother, writer, photographer, publisher, and chief organizer for some genuinely talented yet whacky photographers. Artists are not known for comporting themselves to the measured beat of a 24-hour clock.
And so Hardy runs herd over this cheerful group of addicted street photographers who pursue this activity without apology because it’s in their blood
Robert Bannister, the man from Yorkshire thereabouts in England (yes, the United Kingdom if formality is necessary) does not suffer fools. In fact, he does not seem to suffer at all, and has a love of life that is undisguised. This is served up with some extraordinary B&W work from his trusty Fuji X-series cameras.
Bannister, along with Hardy, is a co-founder of both the Progressive-Street Facebook page and the official website.
A self-styled ironic and Romantic street photographer, Bannister is never happier than when he’s in the heart of a busy city, watching busy people living a life that is just the opposite of quiet desperation.
Bannister doesn’t need to get his kicks on Route 66. It’s all happening among the cityscape where he walks about, regardless of geographical locale.
Mark Guider if it’s summer, the 53-year-old street photographer, is on the road with his camera. This year is no exception and he is bound for San Francisco on a journey into this part of America.
There’s the San Francisco of music … think Tony Bennett and his heartbreak, think Scott McKenzie and his generational anthem of Hippie Optimism, think Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, Hot Tuna and so much rich music from the Bay Area in the late 1960's.
And then there is the literature of The Beats, with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Now get ready for Guider and the nuanced rhythm of his street photography, the summer-in-the city feel of an artist painting with light and channeling influences and sensations that form his unique vision.
Alphan Yilmazmaden is Our Man in Istanbul, and esteemed British novelist Graham Greene would whole-heartedly approve. This retired engineer knows the streets of Istanbul well - yet to know this city, which straddles both Asia and Europe, one must truly know the Bosporus … the small sea that separates the two continents, and the two sides of Istanbul.
This is Yilmazmaden’s office, and what an office it is for a street photographer. Against this backdrop one is informed by a pageant of history that very few cities on this planet can boast. And then there is the sensory experience that reflects both this history … the sights and smells of foods from the worlds of the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Turks and so many more that traversed the Silk Road from Old Cathay across Central Asia to the doorstep of Europe. And then the winds that both calm and alarm the residents - always reminding us of the power and the glory of nature.
All of this inspires Yilmazmaden, and informs his photography.
Israeli photographer Sagi Kortler lives slightly north of Tel Aviv, that cosmopolitan city on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. This is where he goes to mix with one of the most diverse populations in the Middle East, if not the world.
Israel was established on May 14, 1948 and still attracts large numbers of immigrants from the four corners after 70 years. And Tel Aviv - “Hill of Spring” in Hebrew, dazzles with its mix of worldwide cultures.
For Kortler, this is where he thrives as a street photographer.
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