I’m happy to share a selection from recently published street photography books.
Women Street Photographers Book
by Gulnara Samoilova
A collection of photographs made by female street photographers across the globe, curated by Women Street Photographers founder & photographer Gulnara Samoilova. All the images are accompanied by a written personal statement. Photographer Melissa Breyer’s “introductory essay explores how the genre has intersected with gender throughout history, looking at how cultural changes in gender roles have overlapped with technological developments in the camera to allow key historical figures to emerge.”
I’ve been following Women Street Photographers for quite some time and I have great respect for all that Gulnara has achieved. The exhibitions in New York and other places have always looked fantastic. I’m sure this book is beautiful as well and I can’t wait to see it.
Think Like a Street Photographer
by Matt Stuart
“Street photography may look like luck, but you have to get out there and hone your craft if you want to shake up those luck vibes. Matt Stuart never goes out without his trusty Leica and, in a career spanning twenty years, has taken some of the most accomplished, witty and well-known photographs of the streets. From understanding how to be invisible on a busy street, to anticipating a great image in the chaos of a crowd, Matt Stuart reveals in over 20 chapters the hard-won skills and secrets that have led to his greatest shots.”
This is a playful little handbook with a great set of advice by Matt Stuart. He offers technical tips, but also teaches you about the ethics: “Approach the people you are photographing with sensitivity. Be open and honest”. The 20 chapters always introduced by a full color page with big letters: “Be a fortune teller’, “Shoot first, think later”, “Keep it simple”. This book is useful for starting street photographers, but also for more experienced ones. It’s insightful to get to understand more about Matt Stuart’s process. He even included a tip about StreetRepeat on page 95!
by Francesco Sembolini
“Almost Real is the debut book of the Italian street photographer Francesco Sembolini, with an introduction by Richard Bram. 160 colourful images represent the three dimensions of reality with an intense graphic awareness.”
I’m curious to see this book. I can imagine it looks great given the photographic precision of Francesco and the design / editing skills of Marco Savarese who runs the publishing house and platform Eyeshot Street Photography. It’s also possible to order a special edition with an unique photographic print by Sembolini.
Out of Place
by Bas Losekoot
“Out of Place is a photo essay that provides insight in the psychological journey of commuters in modern megacities. At the raise of the ‘Urban Millennium’ Bas Losekoot embarked on a visual exploration, considering how population density affects human behaviour. While placing his camera in the liminal spaces of the city, he addresses the state of in-between-ness of the modern urban experience.
With an intuitive eye, he observes the ‘presentation of self’ and ‘micro-second meetings’ of everyday urban encounters. By adding drama to the trivial, Losekoot is painting the theatre of the real life, where small gestures become theatrical events.
The book includes photography from the cities of New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Mumbai, Hong Kong, London, Lagos, Istanbul, and Mexico City.”
I’ve been following the work of Bas and his photography & book journey for a while and I know he has worked very hard to make this publication happen. Very happy to see it published now.
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