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Street Photography Now Paperback – Dec 20 2011


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“Somehow the most compelling street photography remains the kind that allows us to imagine ourselves wandering into the frame.” — Wall Street Journal

About the Author

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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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Overview of Current Practices Oct. 2 2010
By Jack B. Siegel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Street Photography Now provides terrific insights into the minds of 46 street photographers from around the world. In form, it is a coffee table book, but that term is far too limiting.

Each photographer receives about 4 or 5 pages of coverage. Many of the photographs exhibit great humor. Some of the photographs exhibit clear signs of pre-visualization, so if you've heard the terms but don't quite get it, you might get some guidance through the examples offered here.

The short essay that accompanies each photographer's work provides insights into the photographer's aesthetics--why they do it and what they are trying to accomplish. There also are several longer essays scattered throughout the book. The book is obviously not intended as a "how to" manual, but anyone who roams the streets looking for photo opportunities will find some ideas to experiment with.

As far as quality, the color reproduction and printing are excellent, as is the layout. A lot of thought and planning went into assembling this book. In short, this book is a must for any street photographer or anyone else who enjoys the aesthetics of street photography.

I may have to wait a long-time, but I hope the authors consider doing a second volume. Better yet would be an annual survey, as in Street Photography 2011.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good variety of photos Nov. 5 2012
By Jazzy Jeff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am in two minds about this book. I dig a lot of the photos... but there are also quite a few which do nothing for me. The good news is that this is a big thick book (240 pages) with a good variety of photos, so if you are interested in this type of photography then chances are there are enough cool photos to make it worth getting. Personnally I like the harder hitting shots which give you a sense of peoples lives in various citys, rather than the "humorous" shots (many of which are just slightly comical juxtapositions). Another good thing about this book is that theres tons to read. Hows this for a good quote (from an Aussie guy called Trent Parke) - 'I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical'.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring examples of street photography April 19 2011
By Gordon Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who's tried street photography will know that its probably the hardest photographic genre to do well. Thousands of pictures may result in only one or two keepers. This excellent book is full of wonderful examples of photos that work well. An inspiration!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Street photography now Oct. 20 2012
By Vicki A Moritz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A very good overview of the approach to street by a number of photographers. Text tells the story of their approach and is a good read. Well worth having
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Why 5 Stars? Jan. 7 2013
By G.C. Rifey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Simple, if you want to see what street photographers are doing around the world and get inside their thoughts at the same time, then you will enjoy this book. There are plenty of wonderul photos at which to look, and the insights from the photographers themselves makes this book one that you will go through time and again.

However, if you are looking for a " how-to " book you will be disappointed. It doesn't give f-stops, shutter speeds, etc.

I was looking for a book with plenty of photos with some insights into the photographers thinkings and this fits the bil for me. That is why I gave it 5 stars... :-)


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