Buenos Aires is a street photographers paradise. Of course, this is why Foto Ruta showcases every nook and cranny of this extremely photographic city. Street photography is a genre of photography that captures the natural cadence of life. Here are a few of Foto Ruta’s favorite photographers that have captured some amazing moments in Buenos Aires and abroad through street photography.
Ferdinando Scianna is a Sicilian photographer that visited Buenos Aires in 1992 to create a photo essay about the impending economic collapse. His collection of street photography, “Argentina: On the Edge of Bankruptcy,” captures the every day life of Argentines during this period.
Sean Flanigan is mostly known for his wedding photography, but thank goodness he dabbles in street photography while traveling. He recently visited Buenos Aires and perfectly captured the vibrant colors of the city.
Vivian Maier is perhaps the most peculiar street photographer on Foto Ruta’s list. Maier was a nanny who quietly documented the streets of Chicago starting in 1956. Ultimately, she amassed over 100,000 photos—none of which she shared with anyone. In 2007, John Maloof stumbled upon boxes of her negatives and her work began to create waves in the photography community. Her work has posthumously created a renaissance in the art of street photography.
We wouldn’t have a complete list without including Henri Cartier-Bresson. He’s considered to be one of the pioneers of street photography and for good reason. In 1952, he published the book The Decisive Moment. He said, “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.”
We couldn’t describe street photography any better. At Foto Ruta, creating that moment is what we love to do. Walking the streets in Buenos Aires, it’s so easy to find inspiration in everyday life.