"No place is boring, if you've had a good nights sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film"
Robert Adams – Photographer

About Bob Mosher

What drives me to photograph people on a city street, visiting a memorial or a shopping center?  Whereas no people are present in the photographs dealing with fields and woods that may be viewed in a blur from the window of a car going 60 mph.  So, what is it?  It is many things but the over-riding reason is the ordinariness of the people and places that interests me.  Accessibility and no special invitation, tickets or traveling are required because in all cases for each subject is near where I have lived.

There is an ongoing theater and rhythm to a busy city street where people walk at about 3 mph and a noncommittal city stare on their face.  I walk toward them and have my camera preset at 5 to 8 feet with the aperture and shutter set to the prevailing light conditions, good to go for a great photograph?  Right – maybe, only one or two out of a roll of 36 shots will make the cut as a possible interesting picture that will stand scrutiny and that is if I am lucky.  Sounds like a haphazard and chaotic approach but necessary to photograph people going about their daily business and it is the beauty and challenge of street photography at its fullest.  Later on photographing memorial sites in Michigan and Washington DC people are either engaged in the site or totally oblivious to it.  Take for instance the civil war memorial juxtaposed with a bus stop and a busy department store in the middle of the central business district of Grand Rapids, MI as a site where people are displaying no interest in the statuary.  This attitude is found more prevalent in states away from Washington DC where people have travelled long distances to experience the many memorials first hand,  found on the National Mall.  It is fitting that policies and politics that in many cases created the events of the reason for the memorials.

Collected Works:

Kresge Art Museum, East Lansing, MI
     Selection of Chicago Street Photographs

Detroit Public Library Art Collection
     Thirty - Fields Photographs

University of Michigan Art Museum
     Shopping Center – ‘Car Wash Stall’ from Shopping Centers - Platinum-Palladium-Photograph

Chicago History Museum
     Sixty five Chicago Street Photographs

Norton Simon Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
     Chicago Street based Photograph – ‘Fur Coated Ladies’

Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC
     One Hundred Chicago Street Photographs and fifteen DC Memorial Photographs

Additionally, many private collectors own photographs from the work displayed in this website.

Working Approach:

The photographs in this website are made with traditional methods to the following outline.

  • Black & white film in format sizes 35mm, 120mm, 4x5 inch and 8x10 inch sizes - ISO speeds - 200 to 400
  • Developed, fixed, cleared and placed in a film drying cabinet
  • Negatives contact printed for later inspection and next steps
  • A period of time must pass before a selection is made from a contact printed proof for work print enlargement 
  • As work prints are made they are placed aside for later review
  • Once the photographing of the subject is complete, work prints made and reviewed for a final print selection
  • Finished prints are produced on silver gelatin photo paper, processed to long term standards
  • Finished prints are offered for sale, exhibited or given to a Museum