John Petro has been photograhing the Baltimore area for nearly 40 years, but after the April unrest, he took to the neighborhoods to do environmental portraits of city residents — most of them captured on the stoops in front of their homes.
Baltimore Street Photographer
Brian George is one of the lucky ones. He’s been able to combine his two favorite things — dogs and photography — and fold them into a career. As an employee at BARCS, George trains and photographs the dogs, and in his spare time, roams Baltimore as a street photographer.
Omar Swanson doesn’t have a particular style in his photography, but is frequently drawn to subjects where he can convey some emotion in the image. Patterson Park is one of his favorite place to shoot because of its diversity. The latest subject on our series, Baltimore Street Photographer.
As a street photographer, Robert Jackson has captured people on the streets of Baltimore. When in the army, over two tours, he captured people all around the world — from Paris to Kosovo to Iraq. And even though Baltimore is much different than Kuwait, Jackson noticed similarities among those who are struggling to get by.
Theresa Keil and Larry Cohen are the first duo featured in the Baltimore Street Photographer series, and the first couple. The pair, who form TLC Baltimore, an event photography team, spend much of their free time pursuing street photography in its purest form.
(Note: The shoot with Larry and Theresa was unique to the series in that they preferred not to do a stand-up interview. Instead, they were separately mic’d and spoke about their work as they walked through the streets of the neighborhood known simply as Downtown. To pay homage to the natural style in which they shoot, this video, too, is completely raw — no color correction, stabilization or lighting adjustments were made to the footage.)
Kyle Pompey, known to some as ‘Nice Shot Kyle,’ takes a no-frills approach to his Baltimore street photography; he just shoots what he sees. And sometimes having trouble expressing himself verbally, Pompey has leaned on his images to speak for him.
Baltimore street photographer and Bel Air native David Kraus has is fascinated by Baltimore architecture and history, particularly the tradition of the arabber street merchants. He says it’s important to document these people, among other things, that offer a connection to Baltimore’s past.
Jamie Anerobi is relatively new to Baltimore, having recently come here from London. He has a degree in psychology, which informs his approach to street photography — that is, to embed himself in the communities that he wants to document so that the images are as authentic as possible. And, he says, the British accent always draws curiosity from subjects — many of whom have never heard it before.
Baltimore street photographer Mike McCoy is a smooth operator when finding subjects to photograph. His portraits, often in black and white, are a way of documenting city life for future generations, he says. On a recent Friday afternoon, McCoy took a stroll up North Avenue, where it was hard to find a subject who would turn him down.
Greg Ketterman, of 1304 Photos, has been capturing and coloring Baltimore for a few years now, focusing on landscapes, people and urban exploration. His editing with HDR, filters and color makes the post-production process into an art form of its own.