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Juan Buhler, Thursday 26 August 2010

A talk in San Francisco - The Art and Science of Street Photography with Juan Buhler

A talk in San Francisco - The Art and Science of Street Photography with Juan Buhler
I'm giving a talk about street photography next week in San Francisco:

A short history of street photography, with examples and discussion about taking memorable photographs of people in the street. Juan will discuss the art and science of capturing a moment and telling a story with just one image. Plus he will use his years of real-world experience to discuss approaching strangers, dealing with confrontation, and avoiding potential legal pitfalls here and abroad. This talk is for anyone that wants to improve their ability to tell stories with a camera.

August 31st, 2010, 6PM

Sports Basement
1590 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA 94103


Robert Engelhardt, Monday 23 August 2010

New Feature: Pablo Peyrolón

New photographer feature. Pablo Peyrolón present his work "Not without a camera".


Henrik Rieß, Wednesday 06 January 2010

Scènes d'une Bénediction: Les Animaux de Monaco

Scènes d'une Bénediction: Les Animaux de Monaco
Henrik Rieß - Les Animaux de Monaco (2008)
About this series:

I was on summer vacation at the Côte d'Azur in France. Spending a day in Monaco I stumbled on this affecting event called "benediction of animals".

Imagine about two hundred people of all ages and origins coming together at the Monaco Cathedral. Everyone accompenied by their dogs, bunnies, ferrets and other animal friends. What at first sight sounds like a scenery of excessive yapping and biting actually was such a wonderful gathering!

After the priest of the cathedral had appeared, the crowd held a prayer blessing animals as well as people. The ceremony ended with everybody singing in the warm evening sun. A really moving moment. I left with such a good feeling.

Take a look at


Robert Engelhardt, Monday 30 November 2009

New Feature: Marco Margarucci

Marco Margarucci is a amateur enthusiast photographer from Italy. Through his work "Is there anybody out there?", Margarucci impressively approaches the feeling of absence in a metaphorical way. This feeling occurs if one tries to blind out the events, which surround us. Margarucci asks us to close our eyes and to be quiet in order to hear and feel the sound of absence.


Robert Engelhardt, Thursday 01 October 2009

New Feature: Rick Berland

Rick Berland is a amateur photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and present his greate intensive work "Light is Everywhere".


Robert Engelhardt, Sunday 08 March 2009

New website area: Features

We are growing! Today we start with our new area "Features" at the Public Life website.
From time to time we will present selected photographers and their work. We open our doors for established as well as upcoming talents who are not members of Public Life hoping this will lead to an increasing quality and variety on our site.

The first photographer featured in our new area is Christian Reiser (known from Sonic Blog interview about street photography). His documentary "ALEX" reflects the life at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

Feel free to contact us if you have any photography project which you think is worth being presented at Public Life. Please note: Do not send your work as email attachment. All we need is a link to your website where we can have a look at the project in advance.


Henrik Rieß, Friday 29 August 2008

Attention, please.

Attention, please.
There's a new website in town! For Better Understanding is a mix of a blog combined with a photographic portfolio showing some of my stuff that does not appear on Public Life. Take a look!


Robert Engelhardt, Wednesday 13 August 2008

New photographers at Public Life

It took us some weeks and the decisions did not come easy sometimes, but we have now come to a result. The following photographers were nominated by a majority to join Public Life: Ying Tang from Shanghai (China), Marja Skotheim Folde from Granada (Spain) and Orville Robertson from New York (USA). Also the photographer Robert M Johnson from Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) was directly nominated after the relaunch of the Public Life website.

Ying Tang, born and grown up in Shanghai (China), studied at the New York Institute of Photography and at the School of Photography at the City College of San Francisco. His works were published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune.
Website of Ying:

Marja Skotheim Folde currently lives in Granada (Spain). She studied photography and graphic print in Barcelona and currently studies architecture and urbanism at the University of Granada. Recently she gave an exhibition of her work Ciudad-Presente (The city told in split seconds).
Photographs of Marja: Flickr album

Orville Robertson, born in Jamaica, today living in Queens, New York, has been a street photographer for over 25 years. His photographs were shown in numerous exhibitions, and are featured in many big museums as well as private and collaborative collections. He is editor of the photography magazine Fotophile, founded in 1993, and was awarded a photography scholarship by the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2002.
Website of Orville:

Robert M Johnson was born in Youngstown, Ohio (USA), and later went to Worcester, Massachusetts (USA), where he still lives today. One could say that Johnson is a street photographer of the old school. His photographs were shown and published in numerous exhibitions and magazines.
Website of Robert:

At this point we would also like to thank all non-nominated applicants, who made the effort to submit their work to us.


Robert Engelhardt, Sunday 18 May 2008

Photographers fear for their freedom to take pictures in public

Photographers fear for their freedom to take pictures in public
Metropolitan Police campaign
The Western world finds itself in a constantly alerting sensitisation towards terrorism. Since September 11th 2001 the governments of the threatened countries endeavour to protect themselves from the acute threat of radical Islamist by means of legislation and preventive alertness of this topic. It is certainly debatable, whether those means of alertness and sensitisation do not rather run the risk of turning into panic mongering, creating a situation of general suspicion.

At the moment it seems extensively to take this direction. The London Metropolitan Police launched a poster campaign, which points out that, in order to plan their actions, terrorists take pictures and notes on security. Where this points to, quickly becomes clear, and thus straightaway a storm of indignation broke out amongst amateur, professional and famous street photographers. Without further ado, this poster campaign seems to cast general suspicion on photographing in public, and with it, on the photographer, who - for better or for worse - might just as well be a scout for terrorist attacks. Meanwhile in London clashes occur between photographers and police, who prohibit taking pictures in certain places with reference to explicit laws, and demand that photos which were made, to be erased under supervision. This procedure however is practised to a much greater extend. Many photographers regard this as a curtailment of their freedom to take pictures in public, and thus an online petition against this procedure was initiated.

For more articles and information:
Online petitions
Times Online
Current Video - You can't picture this
Amateur photographer
Wired blog


Arthur Fleischmann, Sunday 04 February 2007

Juan Buhler featured in Black & White Photography Magazine

A portfolio of public-life member Juan Buhler was published in Black & White Photography Magazine (issue #68, January 2007). Congratulations, Juan!

Go check out this magazine, people! You can read some more about it in a blog post on The Online Photographer.