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Street Photography: From Atget to Cartier-Bresson [Kindle Edition]

Clive Scott
1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Street photography is perhaps the best-loved and most widely known of all photographic genres, with names like Cartier-Bresson, Brassai and Doisneau familiar even to those with a fleeting knowledge of the medium. Yet what exactly is street photography? From what viewpoint does it present its subjects, and how does this viewpoint differ from that of documentary photography? Looking closely at the work of Atget, Kertesz, Bovis, Rene-Jacques, Brassai, Doisneau, Cartier- Bresson and more, this elegantly written book, extensively illustrated with both well-known and neglected works, unpicks Parisian street photography's affinity with Impressionist art as well as its complex relationship with parallel literary trends and authors from Baudelaire to Philippe Soupault. Clive Scott traces street photography’s origins, asking what really what happened to photography when it first abandoned the studio, and brings to the fore fascinating questions about the way the street photographer captures or frames those subjects - traders, lovers, entertainers - so beloved of the genre. In doing so Scott reveals street photography to be a poetic, even 'picturesque' form, looking not to the individual but to the type; not to the ‘reality’ of the street but to its 'romance'.

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About the Author

Clive Scott is Professor of European Literature, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia. His books include The Spoken Image: Photography and Language and Translating Baudelaire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10861 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (3 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good critique 1 Feb. 2010
I don't write reviews, but always read others' reviews, sometimes even when I have my mind made up already. I decided to write this time as the only two reviews of this book are by people who are probably not the readers the writer had in mind. This is a work of criticism, academic criticism, not unlike what one might find in any university course on literary criticism. It reflects academically on street photography as an expressive pursuit, tries to pin down what it is, and how it resembles or differs from other genres such as documentary photography or some schools of 20th century art. It assumes that the reader has some general background in criticism, even art or photographic criticism. It also helps to be familiar with the work of the most influential photographers who worked on the street (whether with reportage, documentary, or 'street' intentions).

For the intended readership, I would say this book is interesting and thought-provoking. It is also rather bold in its exclusion of the whole strand of American street photography typified by Winogrand. Some may find this omission unforgivable, but I thought this helped the author make a coherent commentary on the European approach to this genre. Students of art or photography courses doing critical coursework should find this book useful, as would street photographers, who have background in, and appetite for, critical treatment of their pursuit.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid unless you're having trouble sleeping 26 July 2009
I'm sure the author, Clive Scott, has some amazing insights into Street Photography. I'm also sure his knowledge of art history is second to none. But as a writer, he utterly fails to convey his message to the poor reader.

The book is filled with incomprehensible sentences that require numerous readings to understand and so the overall message is utterly lost. The pomposity of the language is sometimes laughable. Long obscure words are used at every opportunity where simpler ones would suffice. It is a shame that his study of photography and art hasn't crossed over to writing the English language. He would do well to read The Elements of Style
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What A Shame 26 Sept. 2011
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If searching for a book about an amaizing, inspiring, briliant subject that is written so boringly, you could not imagine, then look no further, because you have just found it. The author seems far more interested in showing off his knowledge of rarely used words, long sentences and utter ability to bore, rather than to tell his poor readers about some truly amazing photographers and their work.
Really wish I had not wasted my money.
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