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A great book in desperate need of an update!
8 September 2016
"Street Photography Now" is a great introduction to the world of Street photography at the beginning of the 21th century. The book contains work of and information about street photographers from around the globe.
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...