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Best Street Photography Books To Read

Looking for the best Street Photography books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens (2017)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadWith both training and preparation, a street photographer needs to make rapid decisions; there may only be a fraction of a second to immortalize a moment in time that has never happened before and will never happen again. This is where Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens comes in. Follow Valérie Jardin on an inspiring photo walk around the world. After an overview of the practical and technical aspects of street photography, Valérie takes you along on a personal photographic journey as she hits the streets of her favorite urban haunts. She shows you the art of storytelling through her…
Author(s): Valérie Jardin

2. Street Photography Now (2012)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadHere 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…
Author(s): Sophie Howarth, Stephen McLaren

3. Wide-Angle Photography: Capturing Landscape, Portrait, Street, and Architectural Photographs with Wide-Angle Lenses (Including Tilt-Shift Lenses) (2018)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadThe very thing that makes wide-angle photography so compelling also makes it a challenge: While you’re sure to capture a vast scene using a wide-angle lens, it can be difficult to direct the viewer’s attention when so many elements are included in an image. For many photographers, the results of their wide-angle attempts are a disappointment and they just can’t seem to achieve that “Wow” they are hoping for in their images. Whether you’re new to wide-angle lenses or you’ve been frustrated by them for a long time, expert photographer, teacher, and author…
Author(s): Chris Marquardt

4. Fine Art Street Photography (2019)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadFine Art Street Photography shows how to turn the urban environment into striking images. From how to use the light to what to look for in a scene, Rupert Vandervell reveals the key elements of stunning street photography….
Author(s): Rupert Vandervell

5. Mastering Street Photography (2017)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadStreet photography has a tradition dating back over a century, and today's digital world finds it enjoying a renaissance—yet there is little expert advice available. This is a practical guide to capturing the candid moments that reveal life at its most dramatic, absurd, or beautiful. Brian Lloyd Duckett demonstrates how the successful street photographer needs to be an unseen observer, with the camera a mirror of everyday scenes and unaware subjects. A guide to equipment and technical skills leads into lessons in finding inspiration, developing projects, and composing different subjects and…
Author(s): Brian Lloyd Duckett

6. The Art of Seeing In Street Photography: As taught in Sundays In New York Workshop (2018)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadThis simple guide will help improve your eye, explaining what’s behind the basic elements of composition and framing taught in the Sundays In NY Street Photography Workshops. The school was created to fill a void in teaching the Art of Seeing. The purpose is to expand your vision, create more powerful photos while captivating moments on the street. The information will appeal to anyone from a hobbyist to a professional photographer. Each chapter mentions the most important aspects of framing, including assignments to take you to the next level….
Author(s): Judith Farber

7. The Lure of the Sea: Discovery of the Seaside in the Western World 1750-1840, The (Penguin History) (1995)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadThis wonderful book explores the dramatic change in Western attitude toward the sea and seaside pleasures that occurred between 1750 and 1840. Interest in travel; the arrival of landscape painting, geology, and natural theology; fashions in medicine and the advent of the bathing-machine; the emergence of Romanticism and the Sublime—these are only some of the elements that helped transform perceptions.   There was no sea in the Garden of Eden, and for centuries the Earth’s ocean was looked upon with hostility, as a chaotic remnant of the flood. But by the…
Author(s): Alain Corbin, Jocelyn Phelps

8. Street Photography: The Art of Capturing the Candid Moment (2015)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadSince the advent of the camera, there have been photographers whose mission is to record and interpret the public sphere in all its aspects. Eugene Atget documented evidence of everyday life in the streets as well as the buildings and monuments of Paris. Henri Cartier-Bresson pursued what he called “The Decisive Moment,” the moment in which the meaning of an event was most clearly captured in a photograph. Their work, and that of many other masters, has inspired generations of photographers to wander public spaces, camera in hand, searching for meaningful moments in time.Success requires the…
Author(s): Gordon Lewis

9. Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots (2014)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadWhether you’re heading to Paris or San Francisco, Patagonia or Yosemite, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to teach you how to take great shots. This guide by pro photographer John Batdorff will help you conquer the fundamentals of travel and street photography and capture stunning pictures. Batdorff starts with the basics–composition, light, and exposure–and how to plan and pack the right equipment for different types of shooting conditions. He also covers all the key camera features that affect your image. Once you’ve captured those…
Author(s): John Batdorff


 Best Street Photography Books To ReadStreet Art Cookbook is a complete guide to the materials and techniques used within today’s most creative and progressive art movement. In hundreds of pictures and illustrations and a dozen of interviews with some of the world’s most famous artists author Benke Carlsson and street artist Hop Louie shows how street art is made. From stencils and stickers to lasertagging and guerilla gardening, Street Art Cookbook takes us on a trip around the world in the search of the tricks and trades of street artists. Street artists don’t ask for permission. They skip the established channels and communicate when…
Author(s): First Last

11. The Street Photographer’s Manual (2014)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadA medium reliant on unexpected moments is now catapulted into the future with smart phones, digital technology, and specialty equipment 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, including how to shoot a face in a crowd and…
Author(s): David Gibson

12. Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are (2012)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadPhotographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them. Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images…
Author(s): Brenda Tharp, Jed Manwaring

13. The Secrets to Creating Amazing Photos: 83 Composition Tools from the Masters (2018)

 Best Street Photography Books To Read compose better photos.   There's a common misconception that composition is mysterious and that only certain people have that natural gift for the techniques involved. The truth is that composition involves a set of skills that you can master. Just as you can use cookbook recipes to make your favorite meal–you don't have to be a famous French chef–you also can take amazing photos by just following a recipe! You'll have access to many videos and resources that accompany the book. Marc Silber has spent years studying the works of masters and interviewing some of the…
Author(s): Marc Silber

14. David Busch’s Nikon D7100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch’s Digital Photography Guides) (2013)

 Best Street Photography Books To ReadAre you looking for a sure, complete guide to your new Nikon D7100? If so, David Busch’s Nikon D7100 Guide to Digital SLR Photography is the perfect companion for you. The Nikon D7100 features an astounding 24 megapixels of resolution — enhanced by the removal of the anti-aliasing “blur” filter — a new exposure sensor with 2,016-pixel resolution, and advanced HD video features. This book will help you explore the world of digital photography, flex your creativity, and get the most out of your D7100. With clear how-to steps and full-color…
Author(s): David D. Busch

Best Street Photography Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some street photography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Street Photography Assignments: 75 Reasons to Hit the Streets and Learn

Author(s): Valerie Jardin
ID: 2666915, Publisher: Rocky Nook, Year: 2020, Size: 17 Mb, Format: epub

Street Portrait Playbook: Presented by Street Photography University

Author(s): Arnauld, Daniel
ID: 2790286, Publisher: Daniel Arnauld, Year: 2020, Size: 12 Mb, Format: azw3


ID: 2863086, Publisher: Independently published, Year: 2020, Size: 10 Mb, Format: azw3

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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