On the Street is an international street photography competition produced by Fabrik Media. More than 200 photographers from eight countries submitted work to the competition. A jury of art critics, curators, art dealers and master printers reviewed hundreds of submissions. Of these, 45 photographs were selected for exhibition at the Photo Independent Art Fair, held at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, April 21 to 23, 2017.
Following the fair, On the Street moved to Fathom Gallery in downtown LA. The gallery hosted an opening night reception on April 29, as well as an artist-curator roundtable event on May 25. The moderators included Frances Coiro, owner of Fathom Gallery, competition judge Phil Tarley as well as photographers SameSource and Robert Landau. Fathom’s month-long exhibition closed on May 29, 2017.
SameSource, who was awarded an honorable mention at the Lumière Awards, was also featured in On the Street. “Street photography constantly responds to changes in technology and culture, and I want to thank Fabrik for supporting the genre,” said the artist, “Having my work featured at Photo Independent, has not only been a thrill, but has also opened doors for me.”
Van Jazmin, another photographer in the On the Street exhibition said, “Being selected for the competition gave my work validation. I feel more confident and humbled after seeing my images hanging alongside photographers who are in major collections and museums.”
Judges for the competition included Paul Bridgewater, New York; Frances Coiro, Los Angeles; Khodr Cherri, Los Angeles; Bert Green, Chicago; Sarah Lee, Los Angeles; and Phil Tarley, Los Angeles..
The judges—using the criteria of lighting, composition, mystery and emotional tonalities—sought to find work that epitomized the best in street photography. Chosen for special recognition and prominently displayed, mounted in exhibition frames, the top three winners are featured on the following pages.
Fabrik thanks all the talented photographers who entered the competition. On the Street will return in 2018 as an annual Photo Independent event.