Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is a very busy city and a gold mine for street photographers. Especially its inner city offers great possibilities like bustling streets or busy markets where you can easily find good photography spots and extraordinary motives for your street photos.
Street Photography in Taipei (Taiwan): The best places to hit the streets
A really busy local place is the Fish Market where the streets are congested with all kinds of vehicles, tables, containers and of course a lot of people. Shops set up at about 10pm, at about 3pm rush hour starts and auctions continue until early morning. Another interesting place is the Shilin Night Market, one of the biggest night markets in Taipei. It´s located in the Shilin District and attracts locals as well as foreigners. It´s an amazing place for getting to know Taiwan´s culture and for tasting some of its traditional food too.
If you want to you can also visit Ningxia and Raohe market where you can find a great variety of different food stands and where the atmosphere is incredible as well. Street photographers will find great motives there like, for example, locals who are preparing their food or people who are tasting food at the market stands. If you want to take photos of couples taking a walk or of people who are playing basketball go to DaDaoCheng Wharf from where you will also have a great view of the city.
Banqiao District can be compared to downtown Taipei. Here street photographers get quite a good impression of people´s everyday life and routines and they will come across interesting and extraordinary characters and buildings too. Crazy stuff and people can also be found in Wanhua District where you can have a look at the Longshan Temple too. True action, however, is going on in the surrounding area. There you will be able to discover massage parlors or KTV bars in nearly every street.
The so called Scooter Waterfall is both: shocking and amazing. There you can watch the scooters coming into Minquan West Road every day that shows the fact that half of Taipei´s citizens use this means of transport. Another excellent spot is Ximen Area because you find a lot of small shops and street art there.
South of the city centre you will come across the inner-suburb called Dapinglin which was a street village during the Qing Dynasty. There are no major tourist attractions there but you will be able to get an impression of the daily routines of Taiwanese people there. Also take a look at Yongle Textile Market, the city´s biggest fabric market. On the market people sell a variety of different materials but you can also find food carts and traditional shopping streets inside.
An extraordinary and very popular event is the Taiwan Lantern Festival which attracts not only locals but also foreign visitors. During the annual festival there are a lot of activities going on all over Taiwan: So you can for example find thousands of lanterns in Pingxi District, another important event is the so called firecrackers ceremony which takes place in Yanshui District.
A few examples for good Street Photography from Taipei:
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The best photo galleries for Street Photographers
1839 Contemporary Gallery (120 Yanji Street, Taipei City, 106, Taiwan)
The 1839 Contemporary Gallery was founded in April 2009 and exhibits the best photographers in history. It is also possible to purchase photos from the gallery like for example photos taken by Anselm Adams or Olivial Parker.
Chi-Wen Gallery (No. 32號, Lane 2, Section 6, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111)
The Chi-Wen Gallery is one of the most popular art galleries in Taipei and focuses mainly on photography and video. The gallery, for example, exhibits artists like Tseng Yu-Chin, Tusi Kuang-Yu, Wu Tien-Chang or Hung-Tung Lu and has already helped several emerging artists to start successful careers. It also hosts special art programmes as well as film screenings.
Taiwan Photo Fair
Every year the Taiwan Photo Fair takes place in Taipei as well which focuses on photography artworks. The fair was launched in 2011 for the first time and has developed to a strong communication platform as it invites popular galleries to Taiwan in order to make photographic art visible.
National Taiwan University of Arts (59,Sec. 1, Daguan Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 22058, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
In the National Taiwan University of Arts you can find many exhibition venues and the campus itself is a kind of art exhibition space as well. The university also has got a museum where exhibitions take place regularly.
Taipei Photography Center (No.22 Guang Ming Rd, Beitou District, Taipei)
The Taipei Photography Center hosts about five exhibitions every year and on the second floor there is also venue for seminars and workshops. The center mainly sees itself as a platform for communication and exchanges.
Street Photography Workshops and Courses in Taipei (Taiwan)
Street Photography Workshops in Taipei
Street Photography Workshop with Hasselblad Masters-Finalist
In this workshop participants leave the beaten path of the city and have the possibility to discover extraordinary places. You can explore the real Taipei, watch the inhabitants during their daily routines and take excellent street photos. Stroll along narrow streets and busy markets or visit uninhabited buildings as well as family gardens. Along the way the two local hosts will give you a lot of helpful tips how to improve your street photography.
Taipei Photography Workshop
Meetup is a group of photographers that organizes photography workshops in Taipei for any level. During the workshop you can improve your skills, socialise and work on interesting projects. The workshops are held in English so it´s a good opportunity to practice the language as well.
Photo Tour „Men at work and market vibe“
This photo tour starts early in the morning in order to experience the action going on at the markets in Taipei. You will walk along the busy streets to visit a variety of vendors and of course the Taipei Wholesale Fish Market where you will be able to take photos of the special vibe. The tour takes place every Saturday at 1.00pm. If you want to book a private tour you can choose any other day as well.
Scott Kelby´s Worldwide Photo Walk
Every year on the first Saturday of October photographers take out their cameras and meet at a special location in order to walk around in the city, get to know each other and of course take photos. The best ones have also the possibility to win prizes too. It doesn´s matter what kind of phone or camera you use, everbody can take part in the photo walk. The Worldwide Photo Walk is organized to support The Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage which is an organisation that houses and educates young orphans. Each participate can donate to help the children in the orphanage.
Street Photography Courses in Taipei
Street Photography Crash Course and Tour
This course lasts for seven days and is hold by an experienced photographer who teaches the participants the basics of street photography while visiting photogenic locations like the Shilin Night Market or the Longshan Temple.
Taiwan Adventure & Photography Tour
During this extraordinary Photography Tour you will explore Taipei and its friendly people and their hospitality and also improve your photography skills. You will have the possibility to have a look at the memorial hall and the modern Taipei 101 which was once the highest building in the world, before you go on to the modern district with its entertainment venues and restaurants. Another interesting area is Ximending which was a very popular entertainment district between 1895 and 1945. Today you can find a lot of cafés and movie theaters there.
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