Street Focus 73: Q&A and Street Challenge

This week my guest co-host is the new executive director of the Minneapolis Photo Center, Jeff Harrington. He gives advice to photographers interested in exhibiting their work in a gallery and much more. Thank you Rich Flansburg, Ken Lyons, Steve Brokaw and Kim Britt Saros for submitting your questions.

Who is Jeff Harrington?

Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington

When I was 8 years old my mom returned from Reub’s Camera in Minot, ND with a pack of 24 color prints from the family Agfa rangefinder and calmly asked my father; “Gene, who took all these strange pictures of the swing set?”  That’s when I knew.

On to high-school photo class, enough years at SCSU to finish journalism and marketing, and a 15-year media production Master’s class with Smitty Schuneman at Media Loft, shooting bricks of Ektachrome, directing film and video, and muscling corporate meetings in and out of Las Vegas ballrooms.  As president, I helped grow our staff of 12 into a world-class production juggernaut of 50 talented media-makers. Among other accomplishments, we had the good fortune to help transform Target into “Tarzhay”.

I moved on to big-brand advertising as Vice President at BBDO, working both in Minneapolis and New York, and will neither confirm NOR deny that I produced the Jesse Ventura Inaugural Party at Target Center, and the SPAM Museum Jam for Hormel Foods.  Just after 9/11, I dove into the digital world as president of Popular Front Interactive, and helped grow its brand into a national digital marketing agency.

Throughout my professional career I’ve made it a priority to exhibit my color photographs in art galleries, both in one-man shows and group exhibits.

My experiences at the MPLS Photo Center over the last few years have been wonderful, and now career-changing. The Center harbors a uniquely vibrant photo community, and is a mecca for photographers. More than 1,000 photographers took a Photo Class at the Center in 2015.  I’m honored to take it forward. Please stop by, we’ll talk about pictures! 

Link to The Mpls Photo Center

And the Winners are…

Jeff picked an image by Mark Farrington titled: Little St. Mary’s Lane, Cambridge.


©Mark Farrington

©Mark Farrington

Valerie picked an image by Robin Wallin titled: Silhouettes from a foggy morning in Lund, Sweden. Follow Robin on Instagram!

Robin Wallin

Both winners will receive a 1-year subscription to Street Photography Magazine.

Picks of the Week

Jeff’s pick is the Vinsic 22  Watt Dual-Port Solar Panel

Valerie’s pick is Photojournalism The Professional Approach by Kenneth Kobre

New Street Challenge: REFLECTIONS! Listen to the show to get some tips and submit your best shot by March 3 in the comment section bellow. Good luck!

Examples of reflections from Jeff and Valerie:

About The Author

Host, Street Focus

The day I picked up a camera I became a storyteller. I now live and breathe in pixels! After working as a commercial photographer for several years, I realized that my love for the craft could serve others. Sharing the passion is now where I focus all my energy through teaching international photo workshops, speaking at seminars, writing, blogging and now podcasting. I am also thrilled to be an X Photographer for Fujifilm USA. Although I photograph everything and anything that moves me, my passion for mankind drives me to shoot street photography every day. I thrive on searching the story in a single frame. Find my Street Photograph: First Steps and Beyond on my website!

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  • Thank you so much for this show – great information and advice! I have been in the Twin Cities area for almost nine years now (moved from Michigan), and I’m ashamed to say I have not made it to the MPC. That will end this weekend – I am really looking forward to it! And congratulations to the challenge winners – wonderful images!!

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  • Andrew Hyde


    Took this when the little scene caught my eye in Soho, London. Love night time city reflections.

  • Niklas Ericsson

    Some reflections from Heathrow express.

  • Scott Johnston

    The Look. Fruit shop on Great Western Road, Glasgow. Scotland.

  • Guest

    Reflection street challenge. Brick Lane, Shoreditch area in London. I went there last week based on the recommendations in the recent Street Focus London podcast. I highly recommend Alternative London walking tours, they have a street art one that was great. Took us all over Brick Lane with an insightful and passionate guide. Thanks to your podcast I got to see areas of London that are not at all part of the usual itinerary.

  • Hilmar

    Ghost rider.

  • Mark Coleman

    Got this one in Sal Lake City with my sony a6000

  • fun challenge! taken with a still kicking Nikon d40

  • Keith Johnson

    Tea for two at Betty’s Cafe, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK

  • Mark Jocelyn

    Reaching Out. My daughter in Manchester, England.

  • “Beam me up Scottie”
    Rim light and reflections in St. Paul, MN

  • Janka Estocinova

    Slovak Venice. A lot of rain.

  • Back-to-back

  • Magali

    Reflection in a puddle – Grand Place, Brussels

  • Dave Raider

    Blood Moon Stillwater MN

  • Mark Farrington

    Closing the cafe for the evening: reflecting King’s College, Cambridge, UK

  • iBubz

    I, myself, and the rain.

  • iBubz

    Morning Rain

  • Stuart Miller

    Reflecting trees. Reflective lady. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. (Hasselblad XPAN unedited).

  • Marc Alter

    Reflective Traveler
    Panasonic DMC-GX7

  • Steven Payne

    A glancing passer by in Olympia, Washington

  • Paul Stearns

    Reflection Repair

  • Ron Wightman

    Healing Place Glass Reflections

  • “I’m watching you!” A security guard smiles but then puts on his serious face for me 🙂 reflections of early morning shop employees on Newbury Street in Boston.

  • Jon Bender

    Vietnam Memorial Wall and the Washington Monument.

  • cristian alvarado

    Reflection in Santiago Chile! love the show!!!

  • Reflection taken in downtown Chicago.

  • MontyMo

    Kids in a Window!

  • Range Shots

    Taken while enjoying a slice of pie and a cup of coffee outdoors at a nice coffee shop.
    Love the show. (LTS)!

  • Michael Tristram

    A relection image I captured on my commute to work of a man having a cigarette outside on the street. I setup and waited for him to look at me as I wanted the eyes and expression associated with spotting me.

  • Judy

    Wandering down the street in Vancouver yesterday and came upon this…

  • Last Fall in Colgne:

  • Scott Symes

    Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Scott Symes

    Milwaukee Art Museum

  • Stian Stenrud Halvorsen

    Window shopping in Oslo, Norway.

  • HansE

    Reflecting on Prague. On the train from Vienna, A nice mix of episodes 73, 74 and 75, I think!

  • Denis Rancourt

    Shop window, Ste-Catherine street, Montreal

  • Ken Goldman

    This was taken in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires….

  • Tomek Kacki

    This location is no longer available. The windows were frosted over for a new tenant.

  • Rob Wareham

    Looking on – Salisbury UK

  • Mike Schmitt

    Boardwalk Shopper

  • Jodi Carlisle

    Gallery foot traffic in Toronto’s Distillery District

  • Andrei Istrate


  • Flow.

    A triptych of images captured shooting into a store window that had a large video display of waves. Reflected is Regent Street in London.

  • jimmy lee (streets_a_head)

    street challenge :Reflections

    Leicester Square on a wet night

  • Maurice Vliegen

    Hope it is still on time – shot completely reflected in a evenly colored window on a train station. I like your shows- they keep me shooting for some time now. Thanx for that.

  • Paul Smith

    March 03 in NZ so hopefully I am in time to post this. This is a collage of sorts, taken at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne…..

  • James Hyatt

    Captured last year on a lovely Autumn morning in London. The building is owned by a government department called the Home Office and is fabulous for window reflections

  • Captured today in Munich Train station during lunch break at a training week. Taken with my iPhone.

  • The day after a storm, I found an alley with a beautiful pool of light. The reflection mirrored the architecture perfectly and as I went to shoot it, a passer-by jumped over the puddle and into my frame. It turns out that serendipity can make for some beautiful street photos! 🙂

  • Valerie Jardin

    Entries for this challenge are now closed. Thank you!