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Street Photography Now [Paperback]

Sophie Howarth , Stephen McLaren
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Book Description

13 Jun 2011
Now available in Paperback. Get up close and personal with the worlds best street photographers as they capture the drama of everyday life at 1⁄125 of a second. Prowl pavements and back alleys, encountering comic absurdities, small acts of kindness and scenes of unexpected beauty; let your eye be caught by a witty billboard, a woman dressed as an angel, a businessman sprinting through the crowd: the human carnival is in town and the streets are alive. Street Photography Now presents 46 contemporary image-makers noted for their candid depictions of everyday life. Included are Magnum masters such as Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Alex Webb, along with an international cast of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi or Dakar. Four thought-provoking essays and a global conversation between leading street photographers explore the compelling and often controversial issues in the genre. A select bibliography and a resource section for aspiring street photographers complete the book.

Table of Contents

Essay 1 Stare, Pry, Listen, Eavesdrop * 12 photographer portfolios/biographies (Agou-Gilden) * Essay 2 No Ideas But in Things * 12 photographer portfolios/biographies (Girard-Marlow) * Essay 3 Half of the Worlds Population Now Lives in Cities * 12 photographer portfolios biographies (MermelsteinSavelev) * Essay 4 Some Truths Cannot Be Told Except as Fiction * 10 photographer portfolios/biographies (Snoek-Zuborn) * Street Photography Now: A Global Conversation

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Reprint edition (13 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289075
  • Product Dimensions: 27.1 x 2.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A well put together ensemble of colourful and fetching stills, more of an orchestration for the eyes than a calamity for the senses --The Rad Dad Collective

A fine survey of the modern street photography scene. --Stuff

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational read! 15 Sep 2010
A really thought provoking and inspirational book.

This careful (yet massively diverse and comprehensive) selection really helps to show the art and poetry that can be found in everyday situations on everyday streets. For any budding photographers it is a call to arms to load up and hit the streets.

I particularly like the 10 in depth stories told by the photographers on how one of their special photos came about.

100% inspirational and great value for money. Lovely quality print too.

Highly recommended.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! 13 Sep 2010
By Max
A beautifully produced book showing the world's best street photography. It also explains what motivates and fascinates these 46 men and women contributors.

You close the book and still feel intrigued to understand more about the situations you've seen. Some are very amusing and uplifting, others leave you questioning and thoughtful. The pictures show you that wherever people are in the world they are consistently unaware of themselves and their actions.

I thought the interviews were very good and editorially perceptive. So much better than the usual assembly of disparate submissions. They give a real insight into the photographers and were suitably down to earth as is appropriate for street photography.

This is the most comprehensive book I've read on the subject to-date and it cleverly captures what makes street photographers tick.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I first saw this book in the Tate Modern and put of buying it until I got back home, knowing Amazon was cheaper. I then put off buying it again and it was soon sold out at Amazon! I finally got the last copy at the Tate Modern and hence my first lesson learnt is buy books from Amazon when you see them, not later.

To the book ...

It is a truly fantastic collection of todays very best street photographers, displaying there greatest work and with some insights into their thoughts and techniques. I cannot fail to be inspired when I flick through it and it is one of the few photograph books I have bought this year which also contacts a number of excellent articles. Yes, it might pull together thoughts from blogs and other articles but it always points you in the direction to get more information and really encourages you to dig deeper in this amazing art.

If you get the chance, buy this book. You will not regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Street Photographers 22 Feb 2011
By Richard
Superbly edited and well produced book that fills a definite gap in the market. The many earlier books on the subject concentrate mainly on the past, but this book is bang up to date with inspiring work from international photographers. In view of the many high quality photos it is excellent value for money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read. 30 Aug 2011
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I really did enjoy this book as it opened my eyes to certain aspects of street photography I hadn't considered. Posed shots. Now you can say I am naive but I did seem to think that street photographers did walk around all day looking for compositions. However, its the Santa syndrome. That does always happen. There is a great chapter at the rear of the book which confirms that there are some street photographers pose their shots. And yes I did know of the controversy over those shots taking in Times square and eveb Capa's famous shot during the Spaniah Civil War. Saying that I now believe that some of those Cartier-Bresson images are staged, well the early ones. makes you look at street photography with new eyes.

I can't say that I liked all the contributions. Some images were like snap shots of nothing in particular. However some did warrant a second and third look as sometimes it is quite easy to miss the point of the image or some small intricate part of the image.

Over the years my taste has changed and from Cartier-Bresson (who doesn't like his style?) to Martin Parr who I really didn't get for years. The book looks at a number of world wide photographers with small biographies of their thoughts of their work. It works ok.... until the conservation at the rear of the book. This is a worldwide conversation with 6 or so street photographers discussing their art. All of a sudden their egos become apparent and what is cheap easy snaps (I am not saying they are not skilful) becomes something more when the photographers talk. I regret that leaves me cold. Yes this is an art form, not unlike street art by Banksy, but its really nothing to massage your ego with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern collection of street photographs 12 Feb 2012
I just wanted a serious selection of modern street photographs and I got it. The book is about a presentation of a set of street photographers, some known to me, some not. The selection is very heterogeneous, both between the photographers and within their selected portfolio. I like a lot of the pictures proposed and use the book for viewing and maybe inspiration.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street photography. 12 April 2011
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This is a really top quality book. I could not believe how heavy it is.There is lots of general writing about street photography and also short articles on some well known photographers to accompany a small selection of their pictures.
Every page has photos in colour or black and white, I love this type of photography and practice it myself. The pictures really are inspirational.
I find there are times when I feel like I am the only person doing it. " You will get in to trouble one day" my wife keeps telling me. Now I can show her the book and she can see what other people do and the social importance (historically) of doing it.
The exhibition was well worth going to see.
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Great book.
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Published 19 days ago by Adam D. Hogg
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor photos throughout the book
Poor photos throughout the book. It seems wholly concentrated on one type of photo. I sent it to the charity shop after one read.
Published 2 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like photography, you need it!
Great!!! The pictures and the texts are very useful and awesome.
Published 3 months ago by alpuyal
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
superb insight to some of the best street photographers around today.
Published 3 months ago by Ray smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
If I'd been in a hop and flicked through before purchase, I would not have bought this.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. W. Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars good sunday browse
great photos that really make you think. it makes you want to get behind the lens and capture some rare snapshots!
Published 4 months ago by Rachel Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars purchased as a gift
Recipient delighted and tells me he keeps going back to it time and time again. Anyone who enjoys photography without being told how to do it will love this book
Published 5 months ago by ampengill70on
5.0 out of 5 stars A well received Christmas present to my son
My son was delighted to receive this book. He likes books with good photographic images and it was a bit of a shot in the dark, but it turned out he was very pleased. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great street photography tips
I really like this book. Its well put together and really has inspired me to go hang around the streets and take my camera. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. Patricia Meakins
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