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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500543933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500543931
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 2.8 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Entertains and inspires one to get out onto the street and observer where, truly, all the world is a stage' --The Times

'Extraordinary: beautiful, dramatic or just plain comical ... human life in all its forms' --The Mail on Sunday

'An entertaining look at today's street photography ... many images amaze at the quick wittedness possessed by their makers'
--Ag

'A beguiling look at the current scene' --Metro

'Invaluable insight into contemporary practice as well as collecting some great on-the-ground anecdotes'
--The Observer

'The ultimate Peeping Tom in book form'
--Amateur Photographer

'The first substantial survey for several decades, and admirable in its reach ... It will make you want to slow down, look closely and take joy from the unexpected' --The World of Interiors

'A must-have book for anyone remotely interested in the genre. In fact, it's highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in photography'
--Hot Shoe

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Grogan on 15 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By sparks monster on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Max on 13 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy_atGC TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2011
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Street photography can include a variety of subject types including, but not limited to, portraits, landscapes, 'news events', and the unusual, out-of-place or just plain weird. Examples of all of these groups are in the book which contains examples by some reasonably well-known photographers and others less well-known (at least to me). There are some whose photographic activity is wholly of the 'street' variety and others whose interests are wider.

Many of the photographs are of the "I could have taken that" variety but being in the right place at the right time and having the ability to recognise the possibilities of the situation are very important and many would not be so aware. Having a camera at the ready for such eventualities is not something all would do although it is an often-repeated suggestion seen in photographic magazines and in books. It does not need to be an expensive, near top-of-the-range DSLR but could be a mid-priced compact with a modest zoom, although some situations may need a wide-aperture lens rather than one with a range of focal lengths, but probably pocket-sized and carried almost constantly.

The book title suggests that its content is principally fairly modern, which it is, but the idiom is considerably older and it would have been interesting to contrast the styles of some of the images with those of photographers of the late 20s and 30s including such proponents as Cartier-Bresson, Brassai and possibly Dorothea Lange whose styles and work could barely be more different. There are many others from the post-WW2 period, and especially of the 60s and 70s when the idiom was possibly most practised, without whose ground-breaking efforts many of today's photographers would not have had the ideas or inspiration.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 22 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Yeats on 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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