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Street Photography Now

Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren


The definitive anthology of contemporary street photography across the globe


Get up close and personal with the world's best street photographers as they capture the drama of everyday life at 1/125 of a second.

Rub shoulders with high-rollers, street vendors and dog walkers. Prowl sidewalks and back alleys, encountering comic absurdities, small acts of kindness and senes of unexpected beauty. Let your eye be caught by a witty billboard, a woman dressed as an angel, a businessman sprinting through the crowd. The human carnival is in town and the streets are alive.

Street Photography Now presents 46 contemporary image-makers noted for their candid depictions of everyday life in our streets, subways, shopping malls, beaches and parks. Included are Magnum masters such as Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Alex Webb, along with an international cast of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi or Dakar. Four thought-provoking essays and a global conversation between leading street photographers explore the compelling and often controversial issues in the genre. A select bibliography and a resource section for aspiring street photographers complete the book.

Whether you're a follower of contemporary photography or simply a lover of the theatre of everyday life, this is your passport to the world of the street photographer, a world where ordinary public spaces offer up endless surprise.

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'Brings what many thought a tired genre bang up to date. Truly international,it will become the new defining guide to street photography'
Martin Parr

'It will make you want to slow down, look closely and take joy from the unexpected'
The World of Interiors

'A must-have book for anyone remotely interested in the genre. In fact, it’s highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in photography'
Hot Shoe

'A fine survey of the modern street photography scene'

'Extraordinary: beautiful, dramatic or just plain comical'
Mail on Sunday

'Successful street photographers recognise and capture the beauty of everyday life […] inspirational'
Digital Camera

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 24.0 x 27.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Publication date: 13 June 2011

ISBN: 9780500289075

Contents List

Essay 1 ‘Stare, Pry, Listen, Eavesdrop’ • 12 photographer portfolios/biographies (Agou-Gilden) • Essay 2 ‘No Ideas But in Things’ • 12 photographer portfolios/biographies (Girard-Marlow) • Essay 3 ‘Half of the World’s Population Now Lives in Cities’ • 12 photographer portfolios biographies (Mermelstein–Savelev) • Essay 4 ‘Some Truths Cannot Be Told Except as Fiction • 10 photographer portfolios/biographies (Snoek-Zuborn) • Street Photography Now: A Global Conversation