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Street Photography Now Paperback – 13 Jun 2011
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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
About the Author
Sophie Howarth is a writer, teacher, curator, and entrepreneur based in London. She was Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern and an Associate Curator for Artangel. She is coauthor, with Stephen McLaren, ofStreet Photography Now.
Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San Francisco. He is coauthor, withSophie Howarth, of Street Photography Now. He alsocoauthoredPhotographers' Sketchbooks withBryan Formhals.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
This rather good book looks at the work of a number of street photographers, who all meet these, and other challenges, in a variety of ways to produce a body of varied and interesting work.
There are a number of longer chapter that explore the "philosophy" of street photography, as well as shorter accounts of the specific works of each photographer. So far so good.
Many of the pictures are really interesting - full of great composition, found humor and visual puns. And even on repeat viewing (and reading) I found things I had not noticed before. Still so good so far.
But I can help wonder about some of the images here. Some of the pictures seem to be about the power of the photographer to show people in as ugly a light as possible; the awkward looks on peoples faces, the distortion caused by short focal length lenses, the broken clothes. Here the power rests with the photographer who seems to be saying -"look at these" and of course, "don't look at me, because I am not like that".
I am not suggesting that street photography should be all about cute dogs and bunches of flowers, but the ethic of ugliness seems to go unchallenged.
This is an interesting book that I would recommend - but I think some sections would benefit from a more critical eye.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter purchased this from Amazon for my birthday. I have been a keen photographer for many years and for the last two decades I have been shooting nothing but street... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. C. Towers
Fascinating images, but not hugely instructive for the aspiring amateur.Published 3 months ago by cdc22
Sadly I found much of this a bit pretentious. It was trying to be too 'arty' for its own good. Some good stuff, it wasn't all bad, but I gave up after reading about a half. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Ahronson
"Street Photography Now" is a great introduction to the world of Street photography at the beginning of the 21th century. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dirk Verburg
Had high expectations but overall found it a bit dull. I guess I'm more interested in commentary on the pictures rather than the photographers. No description of the photos at allPublished 13 months ago by L. Moody
Bought for my Dad who loves street photography (both viewing and taking photos). He is enjoying flicking through this book every once in a while for inspiration when he has a case... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Samantha Maskell
I love this book. Sure my grandma stuck her nose up and said "Well I could have taken that", but some of the pictures are great. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer