This is a link to a trailer for great video by Olivier Laurent currently being shown at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Format 11 international photography festival. This years is dedicated to Street Photography.
Bruce Gilden was filmed on the streets of Derby getting some of the shots being exhibited alongside the documentary and it gives an insight into his methods and motivations. It clearly shows how the mantra of the street photographer ” get in close” can be achieved with sympathy and compassion for the subject. His skill is as much about his observation of his subjects as his ability to communicate with them.
This confirms that excellent Street Photography is created by more than merely acting as an observer, but also by getting an empathy with the subject. Until you can understand , how can you explain.