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The Street Photographers Manual Paperback – 14 Jul 2014
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Exceptional ... a fascinating read for any photographer. Its variety of imagery, Gibson's intelligent writing and quotes from other renowned photographers make it one of the best publications of its type I've seen. --Black & White Photography
Excellent ... thorough and immensely enjoyable ... Highly recommended. --Amateur Photographer
About the Author
David Gibson has been taking street photographs for more than twenty years. He is one of the founders of in-public, the international collective of street photographers, and his work has been widely published and exhibited. He is commissioned by some of the UK's leading design groups and he supplies several picture libraries with his images. He is based in London.
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Street photography is slightly unusual in that it sometimes demands a situation where something unusual, interesting or humourous occurs and demands that it be photographed. Without that, it may not be able to hold the viewer's interest. Once that instant is gone, it is lost forever.
The images in the book are a highly varied collection. with very few that may be similar. There may be some where the reader could claim 'I could have taken that' and that may be true but recognising the magic moment and capturing it is something that few will achieve. There is no provided technical information on the images, but none is needed.
The book is split almost 50/50 between photographs and text. Some of the texts may be interview-based but not all.
As a book about street photography, it is one of the better ones and is reasonably priced. The images used are not just 'people' pictures but include buildings and architectural studies. The book is intended to assist and encourage and to help with ideas. It succeeds.
The book is a mix of relatively short profiles of 20 established street photographers and 20 projects to try on the streets. Personally, I think Street Photography Now works better as an introduction to the work of renowned and up and coming street photographers because it gives more examples of their work and is a larger format book.
Some of the projects suggested here are interesting and worthwhile, but others seem somewhat contrived and uninspiring. For example one project suggests photographing people who are "lined up" so they merge into a single figure.
At times the book advocates a 'street photography by numbers' approach which is I think unlikely to produce very original images e.g. the author sees a woman in a striped dress and follows her to get a (pretty unremarkable) picture of her on a zebra crossing(geddit?) Elsewhere, Gibson stands in front of a particular background until a subject comes along to make the picture, but for me the resulting images are not that strong.
The writing at times lacks focus, and there is a tendency to try and describe photographs which aren't in the book. Too many of the illustrative photographs are average and I think stronger images could have been used from other photographers to illustrate the points being made.
Although David Gibson hopes that inspiration shines from the book, elsewhere there is reference to street photography as a "bandwagon" which isn't a view likely to enthuse.
There is a fair amount of helpful information in this book. It's usefulness will depend largely on the extent to which a reader buys into Gibson's projects and goes out to work on them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great selection of photographs to illustrate the text but the miniscule size of the type face makes it difficult to read and enjoy.Published 3 months ago by bonnevillekid
Excellent format, well written by someone who clearly knows his trade.Published 7 months ago by K. Ahronson
David clearly knows his stuff when it comes to Street Photography, and his book does it's best to impart that knowledge to the reader. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steve