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The World Atlas of Street Photography

Jackie Higgins

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A jam-packed kaleidoscopic adventure across the world’s continents, city by city, in search of the best urban photographic art

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More people than ever before live in the city, which critic Susan Sontag once described as ‘a landscape of voluptuous extremes’. The energetic, ever-changing pace of the metropolis has long lured photographers to capture, often candidly, the chaos, character and incident of modern urban life. Its theatre of the everyday and the ordinary continues to inspire extraordinary art and holds up a mirror to our public world.

Including classic documentary street photography as well as images of urban landscapes, portraits and staged performances, The World Atlas of Street Photography focuses on an abundance of photography that has been created on street corners around the globe.

Follow Daido Moriyama as he roams the cramped, winding back alleys of Tokyo. Witness Joel Meyerowitz’s extraordinary archive of New York’s Ground Zero in the days after the 9/11 attacks. Watch Alexey Titarenko as he uses long exposures to recast his home town of St Petersburg as a haunting city of shadows. Gaze at the remarkable beach scenes of Rio de Janeiro with Julio Bittencourt. Observe Katy Grannan's portraits of the hustlers and strutters on Hollywood Boulevard, and infiltrate New York’s hip-hop culture seen by Nikki S. Lee, artfully disguised to expose preconceptions on race and identity.

The World Atlas of Street Photography will take you on a kaleidoscopic adventure across the world's continents, city by city, in search of the best urban photographic art.

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'This book is as useful as it is beautiful, featuring as it does the work of 100 photographers working in 50 different cities around the world and - most importantly - describing their approach'
Advanced Photographer

'A wonderful reference for anyone interested in capturing the street and its people in an imaginative way'
Black & White Photography

'This dizzying global tour is a beautiful revelation, one that reveals street photography to be a global language … a fantastic examination of a genre that can too often be dismissed as a snapshot pastime … the most definitive guide to street photography we’ve seen so far'
Amateur Photographer

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Publication date: 1 September 2014

ISBN: 9780500544365

Contents List

Chapter 1: The Americas: 1. City Profile: New York • 2. City Profile: Los Angeles • 3. City Profile: Chicago • 4. City Profile: Memphis • San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver • 5. City Profile: Mexico City • Havana, Sao Paulo • Chapter 2: Europe: 6. City Profile: London • 7. City Profile: Brighton • Weymouth, Newcastle, Cardiff • 8. City Profile: Paris • Marseilles, Venice, Florence, Spain • 9. City Profile: Berlin • 10. City Profile: Düsseldorf • Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Stockholm • 11. City Profile: Prague • 12. City Profile: Moscow • 13. City Profile: St Petersburg • Kharkov (Ukraine) • 14. City Profile: Istanbul • Chapter 3: Africa: 15. City Profile: Johannesberg • Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Dakar, Tangier • Chapter 4: Australia & New Zealand: 16. City Profile: Sydney • Adelaide, Melbourne, Wellington • Chapter 5: Asia: 18. City Profile: Shanghai • Shenzhen, Beijing • 19. City Profile: Tokyo • Seoul • 20. City Profile: Delhi • Dakar, Dubai

About the Author

Jackie Higgins is a writer, journalist and filmmaker whose work embraces a range of subjects. She was a contributing writer to Photography: The Whole Story, also published by Thames & Hudson.

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