Photojazz Five: Eyal Binehaker 1

Photojazz Five (n.) Five questions to and five photos from a street photographer.

If I’m to be polite, I would describe Eyal Binehaker as a street photography purist. Others not so polite might replace the word ‘purist’ with something else, but the point is that he has a strict concept of what street photography is and he critiques other’s works based on that concept. Normally, a person with such a rigid view would be open to criticism of having such an absolutist view, but Eyal is difficult to criticize.

He is not the judgmental hypocrite that most absolutists are. He practices what he preaches in his own work, which is why I’m so happy to feature it here. His stuff rocks.

In one brief statement, define street photography.
Street photography for me, is un-staged photography that is taken within the public space that surround us, it reflects, manipulates and uses the various interactions that take place in the public space to create a new order out of the everyday life.

How would you define your artistic style (I.e. What defines your visual ‘uniqueness’)
For me, photography is a way to share and express the way I think and NOT the way I see. The camera is an extension of my mind and I use it to capture my thoughts.

How did you get into street photography?
I was looking for a way to express my self in a unique and original way, and or me, street photography is the best platform for it. I love the street, and the un-expected interactions that take place when I am out roaming the streets, every time is different and special, and it feels like home for me.

What influences your work (can be anything)?
Almost anything can trigger and influence me, I can see some interesting object that reminds of something and gives me an idea for a photo, and then, all that is left for me to do is to wait and be patient until my idea happens.

Who are your top five street photographers?
Alex Webb
Matt Stuart
Felix Lupa
Constantine Manos
Siegfried Hansen

My sincerest thanks to Eyal for taking part in this series. If you want to see more of his work, and you should, check out his website.

About Brian

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • Dan Jcc

    So nice to see him being interviewed here. I love his work.