Good examples. Setup for sure with strong direction or intense charisma. I know I couldn't walk up and take a street shot like that.
Here's a possibility. He was keenly aware of his plane of focus, it may be slightly angled so it runs from the fruit boxes on left to the carriage across the street.
I think he may have retouched the luggage on the distant wagon in pencil to make the outlines sharper than they really are.