S.p.u.D.S. focus group

S.P.U.D.S. stands for Street/Photojournalism/Urban/Documentary/Sports.  The descriptions are below.

Group Coordinators
Allan Yates herrbarnack@gmail.com

Street Photography captures random events that occur in public places in an unobtrusive manner that does not influence or affect the actions of the subjects of the photograph.  Street photography can be conducted on a city street or in an urban environment such as county fairs, festivals, farmer's markets, rodeos and other public events and gatherings. Timing and framing are critical elements of street photography technique.  The sought after prize is a well seen, well composed, precisely captured decisive moment that is recorded for posterity in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing composition.  

Photojournalism is the collecting, editing and presenting of photographic imagery in order to tell a specific story, whether through a news media outlet or for a project of the photographer's personal interest.  Photojournalists must comply with a rigid framework of ethical principles that require the images to be created and presented by objective, impartial and truthful methods with no post processing techniques that manipulate or alter the content or presentation of the images in a way that changes the essence of their original meaning.  Photojournalists must adhere to protecting the factual integrity and accuracy of their images above all other considerations.

Urban Photography seeks to encapsulate not just people, but also objects, cityscapes, and the surreal.  It critically examines objects, subjects, and landscapes and how they are connected within cities.  Urban photography is a commentary on contemporary life in an ecological space.      

Documentary Photography has close ties with photojournalism in that they both engage in the chronicling of events for future reference.  However, a documentary photo project can go on for many weeks, months or even years and can be created with much greater depth than the photojournalist's news story.  It may also be artistic or academic in nature, or may be the leisure activity of the photographer.

Sports Photography covers all types of professional and amateur sports.  It seeks to capture action at its peak with sharp images and minimal noise.