We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Feature Shoot Street Photography Awards! This year’s ten winners–Melissa Breyer, Dimpy Bhalotia, Alexandre Silberman, Joaquín Luna, Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet, Shevaun Williams, Claude R. Beller, Sebastian Steveniers, Eric Davidove, and Lia Forslund and Franek Wardynski–will be part of a week-long poster run across six locations in New York, reaching an audience of hundreds of thousands. As the Grand Prize winner, Breyer will also receive $500.
Together, the selected winners span the globe, hailing from the United States, India, Thailand, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium.
At a time when so many of us feel isolated at home, their work serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience and grit of the human spirit, the lyricism of daily life, the many mysteries of the psyche, and our ability to find humor in the ordinary. Street photography is about the “decisive moment,” but these images feel timeless and enduring, perhaps especially right now. Sure, they were captured in one ephemeral instant, but they beg to be looked at again and again.
“The work here comprises an ongoing project of photography on the sly,” Grand Prize winner Melissa Breyer writes. “I’m endlessly intrigued by the beautiful mash-up of nonfiction and fiction that candid photography has to offer; the non-fiction in the fraction of a second that the photo was taken, the fiction that follows as each viewer sees the photo and creates their own story.
“Photography allows me to pluck out fleeting moments amongst the mad whorl of urban life and put them in my pocket. The images become a document of the city and a way to share how I see things, but also personal souvenirs of my journey through the world.”
Now based in London, the fine art street photographer Dimpy Bhalotia was born and raised in Bombay, though she travels around the world seeking poetic moments and gestures, frozen forever in black and white. Driven by an innate sense of curiosity and sponteneity, she often photographs children and birds, subjects who–like herself–rarely stand still.
In the series ‘The Great Beauty’, the Paris-based photographer Alexandre Silberman turns his gaze to art museums–singular locations where life and space its revolves around the appreciation of manmade beauty. “Like temples, museums are sacred places, determined by transcendental rules, (relatively) independent from the social and political reality of the city where they are established,” he writes.
“With almost 120 of them, Paris has one of the biggest concentration of museums in the world. I wanted to show the coercive power of this ideology of Beauty, which absorbs, digests and regurgitates according to its principles.”
Drawn to the “intangible relationship between the human being and the universe,” the Spanish photographer Joaquín Luna inhabits a world of glowing light and shadow in his series ‘Incorporeal’. Often featuring solitary figures, he touches on the almost musica