The impulse to visually document people in public began with 19th-century painters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who worked side by side with photographers attempting to capture the essence of urban life. Some used photographs as an aid to their painting. Painters, sketchers, and photographers alike treated the street as their studio, recording the mundane and the spectacular, the quintessential figures and the bizarre.
Street photography, a genre of photography that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed. These shots have been photographed in Copenhagen, Malmö, Svalöv and Umeå.