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The AAP Magazine Selects 25 Best & Powerful Street Photos

Each of our lives are filled with moments that are unique to our own selves. No one can experience life in the way you experience your own. Billions of different lives and moments in the world, that are very fascinating when you think about it. But what’s more interesting is when we work as a collective society, our moments intertwine with each other to create life and moments of the society itself.

This is exactly what a street photographer is on the hunt for, artistic scenes that will coincide with each other for a brief moment. A photographer out in the street should develop their own set of skills for their use. For an example, they should be able to filter everything out and pick up the scene they want to capture, but they should be fast enough to capture it before it disappears. The consciousness about lighting, angles and other camera settings should be sharp enough to get everything aligned in a matter of seconds because moments and coincidences don’t last long.

So, even though some people might think that it is just photographing random things, street photography is something far more complex and artistic. So, to appreciate the talent and the artistry of these artists, competitions, and awards shows identify amazing photographers.

The AAP or the All About Photography Magazine listed out the most powerful street photos recently. Their #22 edition, titled; “Streets” released top 25 street-photos. Spreading across 14 countries, these winners brought their best to the table as AAP published them on Bored Panda. And we thought of listing down these amazing photos for you below.

So, scroll down to take a look at this awesome set of photos and let us know what you think about them. Upvote on your favorites and create your own ranking!

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#1 “585.235.9196 – Grape And Orange Mini Mart, 111 Orange Street, Rochester, NY 14611” By Eric Kunsman.

"The Greater Rochester area's payphones are part of a felicific calculus regarding the decision made to leave the payphones and the locations in which they are located. Frontier Communications were losing money from these payphones and decided to maintain them for the greater good of one of the poorest cities by the number of people under the United States' poverty level.

To many individuals, these payphones serve as a social marker or social indicator, and to others, they serve as a marker of crime. Such social markers often draw conclusions from the perception that one area is worse than another. Often these perceptions can lead to dangerous or ignorant decisions.

This perception that I witnessed firsthand drove me to educate myself on what was leading these individuals to their perceived notions of a place they had never visited before. I began to look at census maps and overlay them with maps of the payphone locations. What became apparent to me was the direct correlation between the poverty level and the payphones' location. The average income for these areas of payphones is under $20,000 per family."

#3 “Sailors And The Sphinx” By Jonathan Jasberg.

"Members of the French Navy's bagpipe band "Bagad Lann Bihoue" visit the Sphinx - October 2020. While working on a long-term photography project based on the city of Cairo since 2018, I've visited the Pyramids numerous times.

Before Covid, the site was usually packed with tourists and local vendors. The few times I visited during Covid, it was virtually void of visitors, providing not much more than a good opportunity for stock photos of the pyramids. However, on a random morning visit in October 2020, I was shocked and surprised to see a cluster of 20-30 red-doted hats atop the heads of a large group of pristine bright white-uniformed men standing out against the barren desert landscape. A candid shot of a rare visit made even rarer by the fact that there was almost nobody else around due to the circumstances."

#4 “Rockstar” By Guillermo Espinosa.

"Rockstar is part of an ongoing project without a deadline, called "Book of Characters". This idea of focusing only on the character and putting the composition aside was born during my recent search for something more human and raw, trying to find spontaneity and friction in my work in a more direct way and keeping the aesthetics and abstractions out of the frame. I almost feel like a casting director in public places."

#6 “Brussels Café” By Alain Schroeder.

"By coincidence, I rediscovered 5 rolls of Tri-X 400, shot in a café in Brussels, that I thought were lost.

The 3 Portes café was located in the neighbourhood of Les Marolles on the Place du Jeu de Balle in Brussels. It was an everyday meeting place for local people that unfortunately no longer exists. There were a few typical cafés like this around the square where people gathered to socialize, drink, dance and flirt."

#7 “My Lovely Dog” By Anna Biret

"I live for spontaneous encounters that can only take place in the streets, looks, compositions and colors lead me to create portraits through contact and empathy. A woman blindfolding her eyes from the sun, a shadow flooding the edges of a fruit stand, a scarf carried away by a sudden gust of wind, these ordinary scenes become extraordinary fragments that make up my photos. I am fascinated by the contact with people - silent understanding, expressive gaze... The street is a constant spectacle of life."

#9 “The Iberians” By Candy Lopesino.

"The Iberian Peninsula is a geographical concept formed by Spain and Portugal, two geographically united countries but separately by an invisible border.

"The Iberians" is an essay about my travels through this territory visually narrating the things that happen while wandering around Iberia, how to write in a sketchbook. The knowledge of a specific territory gives depth and meaning to my project, that is why my work is a continuous journey through Spain and Portugal. They are places where I explore the concepts of territory, border, light, memory and identity through the observation of the other.

In "The Iberians" I rediscover the common places, their people, their culture, their realities circumscribed to geography, in short, I explore the human condition."

#12 “Belfast Piece”

"An elderly woman out shopping in Belfast feeds the doves, a sign of peace, in front of murals on a wall, which Belfast is famous for, of the U.D.A., the Ulster Defense Association, and the U. F. F. (Ulster Freedom Fighters) a cover name given to the paramilitary attack group of the UDA so the UDA would not be outlawed. The symbology on the mural takes the shape of a flying bat decorated with a cross, hovering menacingly above the three figures, the woman, a soldier in the mural holding a gun that appears to be pointed at an actual man walking on the street, down the alleyway toward the woman, who eyes him with a somewhat tense gesture. The troubles in Belfast erupted over divisions between Catholics and Protestants."

#13 “San Gennaro Feast” By Paul Kessel.

"The San Gennaro Feast takes place in Soho, NYC, every year. Most of the concession stands and activities are on Mulberry Street in Little Italy between Canal and Houston Streets and on several cross streets as well.

The event is in September and lasts for ten days. Often there are dense crowds. My favorite shooting situation seems to be a crowded frame with optimal chances of layered photos that fill the frame. The density and flow of the people also make it easier to shoot from very close up with a wide-angle lens. I have been immersed with candid street photography for about ten years."

#21 “Somalia: The Resilient Nation” By Marco Gualazzini.

"Somalia has an emblematic role to play in any attempt to understand the refugee crisis today because this country on the Horn of Africa - together with Syria - is the state from which a large proportion of the population is fleeing in search of asylum throughout the world.

The internally displaced number over a million, and another million that have found refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe; however, by virtue of a historical and geopolitical paradox, this country - the emblem of war on earth - has also become a place of welcome: over 30,000 Yemenites have already landed on the Somali coasts, in flight from the Arabian peninsula (where the Houthi rebels are at war with the Saudi-guided coalition) and have found refuge in a nation that for 25 years now has been under the anarchic rule of hordes of undisciplined soldiers.

The help these Yemenites are receiving from the Somali people is indicative of the desire for change afoot in the former Italian colony. From Bosaso to Dolow, this desire for change is palpable everywhere: girls from Mogadishu go to the beach; beauty parlours and games arcades are opening up; people want to start living again, and to do so they are prepared to stand up to the dictates and threats of Al Shabaab. The jihadist group, although in difficulty and rocked by an internal crisis, has not however ceased to carry out terrorist attacks and take carefully targeted action against journalists, government figures and international troops.

The climate of terror, the corrupt state administration, the formation of armed clan groups are all contributing factors to the disease that has been devouring Somalia for decades, but rising up against it today is the collective sentiment of a people that do not wish to feel alone and has decided to take its destiny into its own hands in order to conquer fear and look to the future."

#22 “Fifth Avenue Smoke” By Marci Lindsay.

"An inveterate people-watcher, I find observing and capturing them with my camera to be a fascinating pursuit. I attempt to document glimpses of the normal behavior of humans in their natural habitat. To do this successfully, one must be patient and quiet, pick a good spot, be prepared, and remain respectful. This represents a small sample of my collection."

#25 The Second Place Winner: “Alter Ego” By Annette Lang.

"With the world shrinking due to the pandemic, I have explored the limited stretch of the Nice waterfront over and over again. I had expected boredom and endless repetition and found the contrary. The one mile of the world at my doorstep held all the magic I had been hunting throughout the world.

Looking more closely and feeling totally tuned in to my environment, many totally unexpected and wonderfully whimsical moments unfolded in my lens. From a senior swimming club celebrating Halloween in their own facetious way and medical students having back-to-school fun to a tricycle transformed into an amphibious flamingo float, the Promenade in Nice turned out to be a spot of renewed wonder. The sky shining in bright blue became the canvas against which the beauty of everyday scenes was set. The signature line of blue chairs looking out to the sea or the wall running along with the shore host many human moments that become fascinating if only we are ready to slow down our pace and watch."


Written by Alex Bradley

Reading, creative writing, poetry writing, language learning and grappling with literature have been my passions since I was young. Keen interest in cinematography and music feilds. Completed my Ordinary and Advanced levels in languages stream successfully. I have taken part in European Union missions in Sri Lanka. I have also completed my certificate courses in programming. And also a student and working in Tourism and Hotelling. Apart from writing, i am a vocalist and environmentalist.

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