Invisible Interview: Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb

How much of a role does luck play in street photography?

Luck – or perhaps serendipity – plays a big role. Sometimes I liken street photography to a kind of gambling. You try to get the odds in your favor: you wander into potentially interesting situations, you work when the light is good (whatever that means for you as a photographer), and you remain alert. But you never know what is going to happen. And what is most exciting is when the utterly unexpected happens, and you manage to be there at the right place at the right time – and push the shutter at the right moment. Most of the time it doesn’t work out that way. This kind of photography is 99.9% about failure.

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