Rui Palha: Master Street Photographer
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Rui, do you still remember the time when you knew nothing about photography and you decided to start shooting?
And in that beginning, have you been immediately been drawn to street photography or did you shoot a little of everything?
Did anyone at that time help or inspire you particularly?
In your opinion, what is the most important part of being a photographer?
When we look at your pictures, we see the urban world that usually surrounds you - for example, Macau and Lisbon. How do you choose the places you're going to shoot? Do you have a method that you usually follow or is all inspiration and / or the opportunity of the moment?
Your images are never staged and always show people and situations taking place in real life. What is the relationship you usually set up with these people?
Analog is again in fashion (if it ever was out…). You are, I think, first of all, a master of analogue photography and I know you have thousands of photos not yet developed and the same holds true for the digital ones. How do you see the current digital/analog duality? Does it make sense to defend one of them or use both or one over the other?
This is what concerns film: slides/positive film, I have seen them all, and have more or less organized them, but I believe that one day I still have to review the “mountains and tons” of positive film in my archives.
Well, that said, let´s go for the second part of the question and the most "poisonous" one.
I now only use digital, the film workare just memories.
The "old school" was very important to me because it taught me to try to get results in the digital equivalent or similar to the results obtained with the film. I believe that the "secret", if there is any, is not to overdo the post processing work. The photograph must be good right away with the "click". If it is not, then there is no "photoshop" that can help or is worth the work .It is the best to throw it away.
What has been your past and present relationship with the equipment? How important is the equipment for your photography? On your personal 1X page, some years ago, one could read "equipment: any camera". Is equipment important or not? And can you tell us a little more about your relationship with this equipment to photograph?
You're a black and white photographer: light and shadow. Has it been a conscious choice or had the choice already been made when you realized it?
There is a saying by Ted Grant, with which I agree completely:
Is there anything you could have photographed and that you regret not to have photographed? Or is there anything related to photography you regret not to have done?
Was there a photographer you had personally known and who has impressed and surprised you, either as a person or as a photographer?
Are there any photographer you do not personally know and you would like to have known?
Is there any photograph of another photographer who has influenzed you significantly and that you often recall, and that you would like to have hanging on a wall of your house?
About your photos, which was the image that influenced you most and that you remember the most? One that you consider your best photo or is it just another one among many?
In some kind of self-critical way, do you think that you have any weak points as a photographer, you want to tell us about?
What qualities do you like to see in other´s photographs? This is when Rui Palha, spectator and critic of others photography, what do you think you unconsciously are looking for in those other people's images, which flaws do you search or qualities do you see and admire or draw your attention right away?
What qualities and / or characteristics do you think are important for a street photographer?
I think in the world´s view you are, of course, a completely accomplished photographer. Do you experience yourself like that? What can we expect from Rui Palha in the near future?
Do you have one important advice to beginners in street photography ?
Enjoy People, Life and Street. It is a way to grow in all aspects.
You're an honorary member of 1X. Would you briefly tell us how far this site has been important to you, when it comes to know other photographers, and for the exposure of your photography?
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