Better Street Photography w/ Emily Garthwaite | WC Ep.9

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In episode nine of our ongoing YouTube series, World Class, Vistek video producer Dale Sood Skypes with photojournalist and street photographer Emily Garthwaite.

Emily Garthwaite is a British photojournalist and street photographer based in London. Her photography has been featured internationally as well as her photograph “Chained to Tradition” being selected as a Finalist for Wildlife Photojournalist of The Year.

Emily is also an Associate Member of Street Photography International which is Instagram’s fastest growing account for the genre with over 250,000 followers and reaching over 8 million people per month.

In this episode we discuss how to create stunning street & travel photographs, especially when there is a language barrier and how the influence of other photographic styles and genres can make you a better street photographer.


Better Street Photography w/ Emily Garthwaite

Chapter Time Stamps

00:41 – Intro & Emily’s background
04:01 – Finding and photographing subjects with language barrier
7:15 – Getting to “yes” and how Instagram gains you access
9:32 – Planning for photography trips
13:17 – To plan or not to plan, that is the question
17:14 – Why the 3 first days of your trip are the most important
20:21 – Case Study: India
25:13 – The most memorable images (India)
31:06 – The female advantage
35:35 – Using street & travel photography to advance social causes
39:52 – Switching from DSLR to rangefinder camera
44:20 – The academic approach to photography

If you’re always on the go and want to listen to our interview with Emily Garthwaite, you can stream the podcast here

Follow Emily Garthwaite and view more of her work using the links below:

Emily’s Website
Emily’s Instagram Account

Street Photography International Website
Street Photography International’s Instagram Account


About Vistek’s World Class Interview Series

Vistek World Class is a skype-based in-depth discussion & tutorial series with the industry’s top photographers, cinematographers, and visual artists.

In each episode, we dive deep into the guest’s life and work and pull out some incredible insights and tips that you can immediately put into practice in your own projects.

This series knows no bounds as we search the globe to uncover some of the profession’s greatest talents!


You can find all our World Class Series Episodes on

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listen to the Podcast versions on our Mixcloud channel


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Woodrow Walden is a Toronto-based photographer and the Social Media Community Specialist for Vistek.