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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson; Reprint edition (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289075
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 2.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x998e9e88) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99202e58) out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of Current Practices Oct. 2 2010
By Jack B. Siegel - Published on
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.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99202eac) out of 5 stars Good variety of photos Nov. 5 2012
By Jazzy Jeff - Published on
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'.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99205300) out of 5 stars Lots of color. March 1 2015
By pat bernardini - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Beautiful book with thick pages and printing that does justice to the work inside, photos from around the world There is a lot of color in this book, more than I'm used to for street photography. Love black and white and the color is a new way of viewing street shots for me. It's growing on me because it does add another dimension.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x992052e8) out of 5 stars Inspiring examples of street photography April 19 2011
By Gordon Ray - Published on
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
HASH(0x992057a4) out of 5 stars Street photography now Oct. 20 2012
By Vicki A Moritz - Published on
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