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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (14 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500291306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500291306
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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By AJS (London) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug. 2014
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This is a recently published book just about bookshelf size with several portfolios of photographs in colour and monochrome taken over many decades. There are many contributing photographers of whom some may be familiar and includes recognised 'masters'. In addition to the main portfolios, there are several themed images that may provide some ideas.

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.
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This is a decent book on street photography, but ultimately I'm not sure the format works that well or that the book succeeds fully in it's stated aim of enthusing aspiring street photographers.
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.
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This was fine. Lots of great photos, but not really very instructive. Lots of philosophical musings and chatting about his fellow photographers.
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Dave Gibson and T&H have done a really good job with this book. It is excellent in almost every way. It is beautifully produced and richly illustrated. It combines aspects that might help one understand and appreciate street photography (abstraction, shadows, reflections - which are things street photographers might keep an eye out for) with some really practical advice about doing it. The 20 featured street photographers include names such as Marc Riboud, Bruce Gilden, Saul Leiter as well as many of Dave Gibson's In-Public colleagues such as Nils Jorgensen and David Solomons. For illustrations, the author has drawn even more widely. The book really is a visual feast. But really soundly constructed, too. Great value at that price.
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A good collection of photographs but a laborious read! This book seems to be all about proving that photographers mostly make terrible writers or perhaps proving that the main problem with street photography is its inability to articulate itself. The writer seems incapable of sticking to one or two points in a single paragraph. Where his thoughts at the moment of writing go, whether relevant to his point or not, there goes the writing. How can anyone take a photography book seriously that describes the perspective of a highly accomplished master of the craft as "nice"? For that matter can we take any book seriously that uses the word 'nice' in anything but an ironic sense? That alone should disqualify you from being published. (As in the page devoted to Elliot Erwitt, "he has a nice perspective"- pg. 50. In fact the entire page should appear in textbooks on the craft of writing as an example of everything you should NOT do.) This insightful commentary made me completely lose hope that this book could provide any real insight to the craft. Can't decide if I'd like to finish reading it because I believe it does contain SOME worthwhile information (since you'd think any 200 page volume on a subject must), or spare myself the chore and just burn it now for the sake of my own pride. The writer, editor and publisher should be publicly flogged by Magnum photographers! We used to get flogged in school for making this many mistakes and I now can identify with my teachers. Shame on you Thames & Hudson! If you're going to cash in on a trend at least try to give the impression that you care. For the greatest shame of all is that there is such a need for a much better version of this book. On every page you are guaranteed some awkwardness that requires multiple readings to decipher.Read more ›
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