Humanist Photography : up close and personal

Challenge series hosted by Michel Bricteux. Challenges start on Wednesdays.
Humanist photography is an international photographic movement made of photographers whose common interest and focus is the human being in his everyday life. It was very prominent between the 30s and 60s, with names like Willy Ronis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat and Brassai, to name but a few. French photographers played a central and pivotal role in its development, focusing on the subject's environment as much as on the subject itself. The streets of Paris, factories and workshops, bars are favorite decors for intimate yet realistic portraits illustrating simple people's way of life. The underlying guiding principle for this series is the central place of the human being, under his/her most beautiful and ugliest traits. Following HCB's example - most of his portraits were made using a 50mm lens - , humanist photographers made a point of confronting their subjects up close and personal. Light years away from today's paparazzi.
Finished (9 challenges)
Entries: 15
Winners announced: 13th July, 2011 GMT
Winner: Skate
Keep It Simple & Straight! But keep it iPhone (R) or iPad (R) , using whatever camera downloadable from Apple App Store. And make sure your picture features human(s) in an urban environment.
Entries: 16
Winners announced: 9th February, 2011 GMT
Winner: Portrait of a Snake
2010 is over and we've been invited to vote on the top 100 most-voted pictures, which makes for an interesting crop. GREAT! But I think it's also time to celebrate the most consistent photographers within the DPReview community. Let's give us an opportunity to review the best shots (i.e. 1st places) submitted and voted during 2010, originating exclusively from the DPReview Members with an...
Entries: 49
Winners announced: 26th January, 2011 GMT
Winner: Smoke and rain
All I wanted for Christmas was ... a model train set! Show me your best pictures of model train layouts. Be creative, get close to the tracks and show us unusual perspectives! No limitations, except that it has to be miniature trains, not the big thing.
Entries: 99
Winners announced: 16th June, 2010 GMT
Winner: Burano, Venice. Italy
We've all once been amused by these narrow, busy little streets with washing hanging on lines, offering a glimpse at people's intimacy. Have you ever found yourself trying put a face on their owner, rebuilding a whole world around a few square inches of colored pieces of textile? Show us washing on a line and let your imagination tell us the story.
Entries: 96
Winners announced: 2nd June, 2010 GMT
Winner: New York Cab
This challenge is about taxis from all over the world : those yellow cabs from Manhattan, white Skodas from Madrid, rickshaws and Tuck-tucks from Asia, the world-famous LTI London cabs.... Even chauffeur-driven limousines would qualify, provided they can be clearly identified as individual public transportation means. No coaches, no buses, no camels, no donkeys. Vehicles MUST have WHEELS...
Entries: 82
Winners announced: 26th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Fear of an old poster
Everybody remembers Edvard Munch famous painting so adequately titled "The Scream". From painting to film and sensors, now is the time to capture people's expressions of fear, anger, sorrow, despair, hope, surprise, hilarity, enthusiasm, support or discontent. Show us B&W candid portraits of single individuals. Try to focus on the expression, isolating the background.
Entries: 43
Winners announced: 19th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Art of shaving
Pretty straightforward! Show us interior views of hair & beauty salons or barber shops, preferably - but not mandatorily - with human presence. The older the better.
Entries: 100
Winners announced: 12th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: Upside down in NYC
Glass is an amazing matter : it's solid yet it lets light go through. We, photographers know that better than anybody else. Some of us spend hours, days, even our entire professional life looking for diffraction, distortion, chromatic aberration, to name but a few of lenses' potential flaws. But the act of seeing through an un-homogeneous matter - be it old window glass, a piece of cloth or a...
Entries: 91
Winners announced: 5th May, 2010 GMT
Winner: listener
This challenge is for photographs documenting social interaction in gathering places like bars, pubs and restaurants. Main focus is on people, their stares, attitudes and postures.