Street Focus 76: Street Tips with Ibarionex Perello

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In this new Street Tips segment of Street Focus, my good friend and L.A. based Photographer Ibarionex Perello offers 10 tips inspired by quotes from great photographers he admires.

Ibarionex Perello is a Los Angeles-based photographer, writer and host & producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder, Popular Photography and Photoshop User magazines. He has authored over 5 books including Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light. For the last 10 years has been hosting and producing The Candid Frame, a popular interview podcast which has featured conversations with photographs including Elliot Erwitt, Dan Winters , Mary Ellen Mark and others. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design. He currently is a production fellow for MaximumFun, which produces NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorne.

Links to his work and podcast

Here are the quotes. I hope you enjoy the show!

Great work is always the result of great labor – Garry Winogrand. 

If the background doesn’t work together with your main subject, you won’t have a good picture. Mary Ellen Mark

My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.Steve McCurry

I find it particularly exciting when a picture evokes anything near that word, ‘mystery'.Jeff Mermelstein

New images surround us everywhere. They are invisible only because of sterile routine convention and fear.Lisette Model

A photographer's main instrument is his eyes. Strange as it may seem, many photographers choose to use the eyes of another photographer, past or present, instead of their own. Those photographers are blind.Manuel Alvarez Bravo

I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.Ernst Haas

 Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity… I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance.Sally Mann

 If the light is great in front of you, you should turn around and see what it is doing behind you.Jay Maisel

 I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don't find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.William Albert Allard

 Going outside and meeting the challenge of taking what is and making it yours, that’s what photography does for me. It’s not the subject that interests me as much as my perception of the subject.Roy DeCarava

I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner.Alex Webb

Images by Ibarionex Perello


  1. Aperture published a Photography Workshop Series that is a set of three books. One on “Street Photography and the Poetic Moment” by Alex Webb & Rebeeca Norris Webb, a second on “Composition and Improvisation” by Larry Fink and a third by Mary Ellen Mark on “on the Portrait and the Moment” Highly recommend them.

  2. Ibarionex’s voice and words became like magic liquid gold pouring into my ears and filling my soul. Consider having a 24hr podcast with him? I would totally listen. Thank you, Valerie, it was a wonderful podcast, as always. & Thank you, Ibarionex for your thoughtful preparation.

  3. Amazing dialog and insights. Really appreciated covering quotes form photographers. It’s so easy to get sidetracked with the “gear & gadgets” Ibarionex’s approach was an excellent addition to an excellent podcast — thanks for all you do. I’m learning with every one.

  4. I listened to this episode in the car today and it is excellent. Ibarionex brought lots of great information and you supplemented it well, Valerie.

  5. Great podcast! Thanks for the wonderful tips Valerie and Ibarionex. I agree that practice makes perfect (or better at least). You can take a snapshot or make photography. It takes many, many years of practice to get better. Thanks so much for the great tips and inspiration. Wonderful!

  6. A real ‘keeper’ of a show!! I have such respect for both of you and am grateful for all that you share and give this community!! Sharing these quotes and tying them into ‘tips’ was brilliant and inspiring! Thanks so much to you both!