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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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.
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... :-)