Street Photography Now

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Here are forty-six contemporary image-makers who are noted for their candid depictions of life on the streets and in the subways, at shopping malls and movie theaters, on beaches and in parks.Included are luminaries such as Magnum members Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, and Alex Webb (who are still ?seeing what is invisible to others,? as Robert Frank put it), along with an international group of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi,...

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Overview

Here are forty-six contemporary image-makers who are noted for their candid depictions of life on the streets and in the subways, at shopping malls and movie theaters, on beaches and in parks.Included are luminaries such as Magnum members Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, and Alex Webb (who are still “seeing what is invisible to others,” as Robert Frank put it), along with an international group 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Wall Street Journal
“Somehow the most compelling street photography remains the kind that allows us to imagine ourselves wandering into the frame.”
Library Journal
The street photographer can be a recorder, an intruder, or a commentator on the lives around him. The streets displayed in these photographs vary from New York to Delhi, from Sydney to Seoul, from the late-night binge drinkers in Cardiff, Wales, to the weblike structures of urban Tokyo, but they all capture the same immediate experience: images of the commonplace elevated and transformed by the intuition of the eye behind the camera. The contemporary photographers presented by Tate Modern curator Howarth and photographer McLaren offer insights into the sometimes disturbing and intrusive genre, but one not without respect for public life. An interesting sidebar is the discussion of the current atmosphere of suspicion of lurking strangers and concerns about invasion of privacy. The book finishes with a useful list of resources (websites, etc.) as well as a select bibliography. VERDICT The photographers' biographies reveal enormously varying life experiences, but they all have the same passion to capture a fleeting moment, a city in a state of constant change, or a chance encounter with the bizarre or the beautiful. An excellent addition to the literature of contemporary photography.—Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500289075
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 193,874
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Howarth was previously Curator of Public Programmes at
Tate Modern, London. With Stephen McLaren, she co-curated Onto the Streets, a 2006 British Council exhibition of work by contemporary London street photographers.

Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San
Francisco.
He is the co-author (with Sophie Howarth) of Street Photography Now.

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