In contrast to the previous example, here Joel Meyerowitz shoots at ground level. His photograph depicts New York as a confusion of people, signs and high-rise buildings. If there is a subject, it’s that fleeting exchange of goods in the foreground – theatre tickets perhaps?
When you are part of the scene, so is the viewer.
Meyerowitz’s style is unlike traditional street photography, which tends to home in on a singular subject. For him, people and place are inseparable, and here both elements share equal importance within the frame.
When photographing cities, the transient flow of people is as much a part of the environment as the more permanent features. So rather than pretend the people don’t exist, choose your spot carefully and make them an integral part of your composition.