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Street Photography Now Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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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'
'A beguiling look at the current scene' --Metro
'Invaluable insight into contemporary practice as well as collecting some great on-the-ground anecdotes'
'The ultimate Peeping Tom in book form'
'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'
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, of Street Photography Now. Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San Francisco. He is coauthor, with Sophie Howarth, of Street Photography Now. He also coauthored Photographers' Sketchbooks with Bryan Formhals.
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The information about the individual photographers is interesting and tends to focus on the philosophy behind their work and their way of working. Whilst reading this book, it becomes clear that some street photographers take themselves and their work very, very seriously. Take Wolfgang Zurborn for instance: "My aim is to express the loss of orientation in the impenetrable thicket of our consumption- and media-fixated society".
The book is beautifully illustrated and clearly geared towards the artistic side of street photography. It can serve as a source of energy and fountain of inspiration for everyone interested to develop himself in this area.
The book does not cover the technical aspects of street photography (cameras, lenses, post-production software, etc.). Also, the book does not deal with "the how" of street photography (e.g. if and how subjects need to be engaged) nor does it treat legal topics like release contracts, etc.
It would be great if the publisher would decide to issue a new edition which would cover the massive impact Instagram has on street photography. The book stems from 2010 and does deal with Flickr, but not Instagram. This is a pity, because Instagram is the single most important development in the area of street photography since the Internet was founded.
The integration of smartphones and social media is having such a profound impact on street photography, that in due course we will distinguish between street photography before and after the introduction of Instagram.
In my opinion, our image of the second half of the 2010s will be informed not by famous photographers like those mentioned earlier, but by the multitude of people who post high-quality street photographs on a daily basis. The evidence? Type in #streetphotography in Instagram. At the exact moment I wrote this there were 15.859.579 photos on Instagram with this tag...
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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