Urban Photography: A Beginner’s Guide


Urban Photography Is A Commentary On Life 


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Urban Photography: The Astra Building in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.


To better understand what urban photography is, you need to see the world through the eyes of other people. What will foreigners see if they visited your town today?

If a visitor from Mars came to your city, what will they see?

Adopt the role of a tour guide and show people what you want them to see in your neighbourhood. You can show them the landmarks, the museums and other “attractive” places.

Urban photography allows you to show people what your town or city looks like. Unlike a tour guide, an urban photographer seeks to show more than what the tourism authorities prefer to showcase.

Urban photography depicts the good, the bad and the ugly in any given place. It is not only concerned with the aesthetics of urban architecture or landscapes.

It also documents the decay or decaying state of a town. It documents the vibe and notoriety of a city or neighbourhood.


 Urban Photography Is About People And Their Surroundings


It covers various photographic genres, including but not limited to, Landscapes, Documentary, Macro, Architecture, Fashion and Street Photography.

Like tourism, urban photography is subjective.

As an urban photographer I will show you what I choose to photograph and not necessarily what you want to see. You will love some of the images that depict my town as I see it.

You will equally loath or be disgusted by other photos that I decide to showcase.

In your role as a tour guide, what do you choose to show your visitors? And if you had a camera with you in a foreign country or town, what are the things that you will photograph as souvenirs? What are the cultural shocks or differences that you want to highlight?

Urban photography seeks to do just that. To document what you see – the good, the bad and the ugly.


26 Examples of Urban Photography


The following photos are examples of urban photography:


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Municipal Offices Gardens


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“Constuction” Begins Here


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Judgement Day


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Old Railway Building


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Old Church


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Big Screen Television


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Security Guard


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Antique Door


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Train Ride


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National Flags


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Fire Tower


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Meijer Bridge


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All Star


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What’s your take on urban photography?

Do you find it more appealing and less scary than street photography?

Would you rather shoot urban instead of street photography?

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