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Inspiring Street Photography Books

We view thousands of images everyday online, we have a constant feed on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Most of what we see online is digital noise, it is hard to find the good stuff in between the instagram meme’s.

Thankfully there is a way to block out that noise and find inspiration in a printed book. So if you haven’t bought a photography book before, here are my 3 reccomended affordable street photography books to get you started.

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Bystander: A History of Street Photography

In this book, the authors explore and discuss the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the bible” of street photography.

It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand, and Levitt to name just a few.

In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers, and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.

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The Americans - Robert Frankimg

First published in France in 1958, then the United States in 1959, Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In eighty-three photographs, Robert Frank looks beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. And it was not just his subject matter — cars, jukeboxes, and even the road itself — that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally, and linguistically, that made The Americans so innovative. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was fifty-five years ago.

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The Street Philosophy of Garry Winograndimg

The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand is a masterfully curated selection of one hundred photographs from the Winogrand archive at the Center for Creative Photography, with each image accompanied by an original essay.

Garry Winogrand is often cited as the inspiration of many street photographers, including me! His style is flamboyant, precise, wistful and poetic. If you want a Winogrand book with many more images you should check out this book -> Garry Winogrand (Metropolitan Museum) its not always available but grab a copy when you can!

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