21 Bold Street Photos That Capture The Urban Spirit


Capturing the urban spirit in street photography requires a combination of technical skills, artistic vision, and an understanding of the unique characteristics of urban environments.

Here are a few reminders to help you convey the essence of the city in your street photography:

  • Embrace the chaos
  • Observe people
  • Capture architecture
  • Play with light
  • Use shadows and silhouettes
  • Experiment with different techniques

We made a list of 21 amazing street photographs that use these principles, so feel free to use them as sources of inspiration.

Also, don't forget that capturing great street photography is also about clever composition. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

great composition street photography
Photo by Dan Asaki
symmetry street
Photo by Sam Barber
street shot candid
Photo by Junho
red and black street
Photo by Rene Bohmer
running in the streets minimal shot
Photo by Ryoji Iwata
black and white street shot
Photo by CJ Dayrit
bicycle shot shadows
Photo by Kin Li
motion street photography
Photo by Boris Stefanik
street photography mirror
Photo by Oliver Cole
dark street photography minimal
Photo by Brandon Wong
black and white people street
Photo by Craig Ren

Advanced Composition will ensure you create shots that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the rule of thirds, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide.

blue car and wall
Photo by Cullen Jones
yellow wall with shadow
Photo by Oliver Cole
rain and reflections street
Photo by Caspar Rae
industrial street photo
Photo by Ant Rozetsky
pale tones street photography no people
Photo by Ismail Merad
candid street portrait neons
Photo by Charlie Gallant
autumn leaves street
Photo by Masahiro Miyagi
bicyclist blue skies reflection
Photo by Clem Onojeghuo
bird's perspective minimal composition
Photo by Ryoji Iwata
woman standing on the street
Photo by Khachik Simonian

We hope you've enjoyed these inspiring street shots. If you want to improve your photography composition and learn new strategies, take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. 

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