Bystander: A History of Street Photography

July 23, 2019 - Comment

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

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.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Great book, but too much in one go !! One of those books that try to put too much information in them. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the time to read this one without just flicking through it , that’s OK enough, but for me there just isn’t time for me to read it and to do nothing else, if you know what I mean; and you cannot read it for a couple of hours and then pick it up again a few days later….the content jumps about and overlaps. I know that it is sort of segmented, but the overlapping within and through the segments…

Anonymous says:

It reads beautifully and the commentary on the individual photographs and the … An extraordinary book on photography and its history through the historical streets of Britain, Europe and the US. It reads beautifully and the commentary on the individual photographs and the photographers is first rate. This book does justice to the art of photography and its artists.

Anonymous says:

Detailed A very detailed history from the start of photography to recent. The first section is a bit “arty” but then it settles down into a good history of the genre.

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