OBSERVE is an international photography collective focused primarily on the practice of candid street photography.Spanning four continents we are united by a common fascination with watching and documenting the diverse humanity that surrounds us. While acknowledging that photography is at its core an individual pursuit, our membership finds benefit in mutual curation and support, discussion, and other collaborative interactions.
OBSERVE doesn't gaze at its own navel; it finds yours much more interesting. Modern media envelops us in an unending stream of perfect images displaying beautiful people living ideal lives, in comparison to which the value and beauty of the quotidian can easily be forgotten. We use our sensitivity to the everyday world which surrounds us to capture that which might otherwise go unnoticed.
OBSERVE mixes a fine photographic cocktail.A strength of photography is its ability to generate multiple narratives from a singular event, by connecting seemingly unrelated elements or imposing form where none is obvious. Similarly, by sharing side-by-side our own personal bodies of work we hope to create something enduring and greater than the sum of its parts.
OBSERVE is: Greg Allikas, Marcelo Argolo, Ronen Berka, Fadi BouKaram, Larry Cohen, Chris Farling, Larry Hallegua, David Horton, Danielle Houghton, Guille Ibañez, Michael May, Ilya Shtutsa, Kristin van Den Eede, Tom Young.
Former members: Antonis Damolis, Simone Fisher, Christos Kapatos, Oguz Ozkan, Tavepong Pratoomwong, Jason Reed.
LtoR: David Horton, Tom Young (back), Fadi BouKaram (front), Larry Hallegua, Michael May, Danielle Houghton, Marcelo Argolo, Jason Reed, Ilya Shtutsa. Not shown: Greg Allikas, Larry Cohen, Chris Farling, Guille Ibañez, Kristin van Den Eede.
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OBSERVATIONS street photography festival
Iserlohn, Germany 2016