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The Street Photographer's Manual

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Street photography has been around since the very first cameras were invented, producing some of the most poignant images of our time. Today, a wave of new technology has given this photographic genre a new lease of life, from phone cameras to specialist lenses to digital zooms. The Street Photography Manual leads the reader through a series of fully illustrated tutorials, ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Thames Hudson (first published June 17th 2014)
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Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought this was very good - discussed different approaches to street photography, gave suggested exercises to do to gain experience. There are a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads, saying it is only for beginners, focuses on "gimmicks", or is not well organized, but I disagree. He said at the outset he does not focus on equipment and technical aspects, and I think that is fine (you can get that in many other places, and many of the readers know the technical aspects very well). The "gimmick ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
David Gibson - a founding member of the photographer's collective In-Public - here in an articulate 180+ pages defines and describes street (or as it was previously known, humanistic) photography by what it is and what it is not. Basically what it is not is formal (for example, formal portraits where there is engagement between subject and photographer is not street photography even if the setting is the street). What it is is more difficult to nail down with objects, shadows, sequences, blurs, ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a bad book by any stretch but I did find it lacking in soul. I also found the artists profiled all had a similar view - the true diversity of street photography was missing.

I should also mention the typeface was super tiny.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I am an up and coming street photographer and this book helped me tons! It's easy to follow and honest and not preachy etc! Great read for all photographers, Eve. Those who think they know everything!
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Sinto a falta de conversar com outras pessoas que estejam no meio da fotografia, ou, como no meu caso, ainda a aprender a fotografar, daí estar à procura de livros como este, baseados na experiência técnica e criativa de outros fotógrafos. David Gibson parece-me um bom sujeito e tem alguns bons conselhos que, pela minha limitada experiência, subscrevo. Dito isto, a tradução é terrível em alguns pontos (mesmo em algumas das frases que "sublinhei" para aqui, no Goodreads). Também achei desnecessár ...more
Leila Mota
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um livro fantástico. Não é só porque o assunto me é caro, mas pela linguagem descomplicada, ideal para fotógrafos super-amadores como eu (o que não impede que outros mais experientes aproveitem o conteúdo). E também pelos exemplos, que me pareceram bem didáticos. É também o tipo de texto que abre caminho para aprofundamento do assunto, possibilitado pela citação de nomes de profissionais relevantes/interessantes, links, livros... Recomendo sem ressalvas.
Karl Edwards
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting read from one of hte greats of the street photography community. The book is at its best when he's profiling other street photographer he admires. The countless pages of attempting to define street photography mostly comes off as pedantic.

Plus the type is so damn small. My tired old eyes were complaining the whole time!

Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Konu konu gitmesi güzel. Aradaki fotoğrafçı bölümlerini biraz gereksiz buldum. Faydalı diyebilirim.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kunst
Super bog, som gør præcis det, den vil.
- Den definerer street photography på en løs måde og giver derefter en række eksempler, som viser noget af bredden. Emnerne samles i en række temaer, som illustreres med forfatterens billeder plus med andre kunstneres billeder.
- Den inspirerer og giver vejledning til, hvor man kan finde mere inspiration. Der er (ultra-korte) kapitler med diskussion af enkelte kunstnere. Især er den helt eksplicit med at pege på bøger som væsentligste inspiration. Heri lig
Ferhat Culfaz
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Superb book. Nice overview of current top street photographers from past and present. Covers a wide range of topics and special projects to improve technique and give new ideas. Interesting how one learns some of the things themselves through experience yet new tips and tricks you had not though of makes this invaluable. Well written and highly recommended for any street photographer or who is interested in starting out in this genre.
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
At least a year on this one too, I got halfway through and then put it down, no reason why.

This book is masterful, a brilliant work on introduction into street photography. He does an amazing job of breaking down the pieces to let someone use them as building block to put together their own style and vision.
Jeremy Brooks
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was turned off by the title, but this is an inspirational book. Lots of ideas. Lots of thought provoking text. Good images to illustrate the ideas.

In the conclusion, the author acknowledges that you cannot teach someone to make good photos, and you can't make them hungry for it. If you have that hunger and passion, you will likely enjoy this book.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great overview of street photography, with a mix of history, up and coming artists, projects and ideas. If you are looking to get into street photography, well worth a read.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography
Great ideas, advice, and projects. Changed how I see through the lens.
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