5 of the most iconic works of street photography

…and the story behind each


Vivian Maier

One of the most famous nannies in the world photographs a boy feeding pigeons in 1950s Chicago. Armed with her double lens Rolleiflex she wandered through the streets of Chicago capturing the raw emotions of others. Described as a loner she was able to record the unique scenes and feelings of the Chicago citizen.


Garry Winogrand

The most famous picture of Marilyn Monroe was actually taken by the Street Photographer Garry Winogrand. During the promotion of her new movie Seven Year Itch, Garry Winogrand snapped this “accident” that still makes people’s heads spin.


Robert Frank

His famous picture of a bus depicts the segregation still intact in the 1950s in America. The facial expression of the white boy and black man are very alike, while the woman in the front almost snobbishly looks at the photographer.


Alfred Eisenstaedt

The “Victory Day over Japan” was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the New York Times Square in 1945. He describes the creation of this photo as followed:

“In Times Square on V.J. Day, I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make any difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder. But none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse. If she had been dressed in a dark dress I would never have taken the picture. If the sailor had worn a white uniform, the same. I took exactly four pictures. It was done within a few seconds.”


Eddie Adams

Shows a life fading away during an execution in Saigon. His image became one of the most published during the Vietnam War, granting him the Pulitzer Prize in 1969. It shows the Chief of National Police of South Vietnam executing a Viet Cong Captain who allegedly manslaughter the former’s family before.