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2nd Place 2022 Portfolio

My Streets

  • Photographer
    Jack Weingarten
  • Prize
    2nd Place in Portfolio

I became a street photographer long before I bought my first camera. I went to law school in New York. Between classes, I explored the streets around the school. It was all new to me. It was vital and exciting. But for reasons I still cannot explain, it felt right. I felt that I belonged in this place. After I purchased my first camera, an Olympus OM-1, it was inevitable that I would eventually become a street photographer, even if I didn't know it at the time. My entry is a collection of my favorite street work, done on my streets.

Once I wanted to be Ansel Adams, a reach, especially for someone who lives and photographs in New Jersey. But even when I went out into real wilderness, I never felt at one with these places. My introduction to street photography was "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work". I was hooked immediately. My first attempts at street photography were in New York. From the beginning, I knew this was where I belonged. Even in neighborhoods that were new to me, I felt that these were my streets. I have photographed in the US, in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They are still my streets.