The first major question to come up at Sunday's 24 Hour Project was the most obvious: What is street photography?
The resounding answer was that no matter what, street photography involved engaging visually with people. Strangers.
That was the starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of mobile, social and street photography at the 24 Hour Project Workshop.
This weekend, Smotherman and Grande met in person for the first time, after two and a half years of working together on the project.
The two started off the workshop on stage with KPCC's Grant Slater (@grantslater).
Grande explained that the project started when he posted a picture on Instagram one day with the caption, "looking for inspiration," asking if anyone wanted to collaborate. Smotherman got in touch.
"It's like finishing a marathon," Grande said of shooting for 24 straight hours. "It's tough, it's overwhelming, but afterwards you go through the images and you're like, 'Wow.'"
What makes street photography different from any other kind of photography?
Sam Smotherman said it has to do with strangers and spontaneity. "The moment wasn't created, it just happened," he said. "Street photography is about the person you're documenting."
Many in the audience had questions about the ethics of photographing strangers on the street. There was a discussion about the lack of a "reasonable expectation of privacy" in public and how street photographers rely on that to ply their trade.
Smotherman acknowledged that, privacy concerns aside, fear is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome with street photography.
Slater pulled up a slide with some one encouragement on that front. "People are just people," it read.
"If they say no, that's the worst that can happen," he said.
Richard 'Koci' Hernandez and Tammy George delved into the technical side, and walked through what their typical editing sessions looks like.
Both Hernandez and George do something called "app stacking," which means taking a picture through multiple editing apps on their phone to get the final product.
Hernandez began by showing his raw takes. He opened a picture of the sidewalk.
"Of course you're going to get a lot of these, even Henri Cartier-Bresson did," he said.
The workshop ended with a discussion about building a community through social photography. Sam Smotherman and Renzo Grande started the 24 Hour Project on Instagram, but it's also where their friendship began.
"Instagram is the one space where can go meet a stranger downtown and not be worried," Juxt photo collective founder Brad Puet said.
Photographers that took part:
Big thanks to our panelists, attendees, and those who followed along on the web! Here are some real-time updates from the workshop: