Urban. Urban-like. Urban-wise. Urban-y... I'd rather stick with Urbanairy. Urbanairy is the name under which I will be publishing my urban pictures on social media. You may ask yourself why I would choose Urban photography as my next subject. It's what I do and there's one more thing.

Many people seem to confuse street photography with urban photography. A common misconception is that street photography is necessarily urban since it takes place in the street.

Let's take a look at what both, street photography and urban photography, actually are.


Street Photography

I looked up a proper description of the term and came across a post on tupf.ca from 2012. In the post, Cliff Davidson, Executive Director at TUPF, says:

Street photography is most commonly referred to as photography of subjects/people within (public) cityscapes in a manner reminiscent of documentary photography. With the resurgence of street photography as a genre there seems to be a dichotomy between what I’ll call ‘new’ street photography and ‘traditional’ street photography. The new street photography has moved solely toward photographing people in situations. This is great, and there are a lot of fantastic neo-street photographers out there, however, this new street photography completely neglects other aspects of traditional street shooting. Gone are the cityscapes, the objects, and the surreal. They have been replaced with peoplescapes and situational photography that emphasizes the foreign or the funny and thereby losing a lot of the ‘chutzpah’ of traditional street photography.

In this blog post, Davidson goes deeper into the meaning of street photography. He also mentions the difference between this and urban photography.


Urban Photography

According to what he says, this is what urban photography is supposed to be:

Similar to what traditional street photography was, urban photography seeks to encapsulate not just people, but also objects, cityscapes, the surreal. Not only that, but urban photography moves away from the surfaceness of neo-street photography to a photography that critically examines objects, subjects, and landscapes and how they are (dis)connected and constituted by/constitutive of the city. Urban photography is not only a visual representation of an idea, a capturing of ‘the decisive moment’, no, it is also a commentary on contemporary life in an ecological space. This is important because more than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities (urban areas).



Now that you know the differences and similarities between these two terms, let's continue. ACEWLBRN (Ace Wilborne) is the name under which I work as a photographer and blogger. I decided to take it a step further and get me a second "brand". This one is called URBANAIRY. As the name says, it will be urban-only material. I already set up an Instagram profile for it. And the website will be launched very soon. Have a look at my portfolio for more urban work.