Photographer Crystal Street

Documentary Portfolio – Images by Crystal Street

I am a professional documentary photographer, specializing in social documentary projects. In the early 1990’s, I studied fine art photography and outdoor recreation at Radford University and in 2005, I returned to academics to study Visual Communications, (i.e. photojournalism) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. I have worked as a freelance photographer, in several capacities, for the past 12 years. My work has taken me around the world to developing countries in South Asia, India and the Middle East.

The Bullet Points…

  • Studied Visual Communications with a concentration in Photojournalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with additional course work in Peace, War and Defense, Artistic Entrepreneurship and Environmental Justice.
  • Winner of multiple national awards, including a first place CPOY and a top ten Hearst award for a documentary project on inner city crime and poverty.
  • Client list includes; Nissan North America, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Outer Banks Press,, Chapel Hill News, University of North Carolina, ATMC, Long Bay Symphony, Junior League of Richmond, Special Olympics and many more.
  • Multiple grants and fellowships have been awarded for projects documenting the cultural preservation of displaced populations including Tibetans in Exile, Maoists communities in Nepal and Palestinians in the West Bank.

How I Work…

My style is simple, it’s discrete, it’s documentary. But what exactly does that mean for you?  I document an event, an occurrence or a create a situation that reflects the message you hope to convey, and then I document the moments of interaction, expertise and action as they unfold. I work alone, with a minimal amount of equipment and I am the unobtrusive “fly on the wall” capturing the essence of your message.  Some projects require elaborate lighting, assistants and creative directors.  Most of my work does not require such lengths, but if needed, I can make it happen.

Contact me about your photography needs and we’ll get the ball rolling.  I work with contracts, estimates, deposits- all the fabulous stuff that keeps us on the same professional page. But I value the personal relationship with my clients, it makes documenting your world authentic.

I work in digital or traditional film.  With over 13 years of experience in Photoshop and 20 years in the wonderful old-school wet darkroom, I know how to process your images properly.  Though I see things in black and white- and may push you in that direction- I am very capable in color as well.  I use an online, password protected client gallery site (i.e.. Photoshelter) and can deliver your images by FTP, digital download, DVD or as canvas prints to hang on your wall.  Hell, I can slap your photos on a shower curtain and you can admire your beautiful images every morning when you brush your teeth.

When you hire me, you’re getting a professional artist to document your world through unplanned, non-cliched works of art that reflect your brand, your personality and your narrative.

In Summary…

I didn’t pick up a camera 6 months ago, take a workshop, slap a website online and say poof, “I’m a professional photographer”! My first camera, an AE-1, found its way into my hands at the age of 10 and some form of visual documenting device remains attached to my being at all times.  The camera is an extension of my vision and it’s how I interpret the world. I see my world in black and white, I see light, I see composition.  My world is constantly composed through a rectangle, and that’s the way I like it.

For over 20 years, the camera provided me with a voice and a way to share my perception of the world. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of 10,000 hours of practice making a person an expert- I am an expert photographer!  Just feels good to write that.

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