Ideas – Photographing crowds

Below is one of the photographs from the Guardian’s ‘Best Photos of the Day’ published on 17 January 2017 ( It was shot in Allahabad in India and the image is described as ‘Impoverished children watch a performance as part of a campaign against child labour’, taken by Rajesh Kumar Singh.


It immediately made me think of Alfred Eisenstaedt’s wonderful ‘Children at a Puppet Show’, a photograph I fell in love with years ago. The children in Eisenstaedt’s image are showing a much wider ranges of emotions, but it still struck me what a great idea it is to focus on a crowd and away from the spectacle to get some totally natural candid portraits… I’m going to try this the next time I come across street performers and a decent sized crowd!


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