Here is a list of 7 Street Photography books you should read now!
Matthew S. Witkovsky - Josef Koudelka: Nationally Doubtful (2014)
This wasn't intended to be a commercial book and is considered more as a catalog from an exhibition that was curated by The Art Institute of Chicago under the title "Nationally Doubtful". The catalog is a huge retrospective of Koudelka's work, from his early photos to his more advanced projects nowadays featuring the urban aftermaths of war. This beautifully crafted and massive book also shows some early experiments and unpublished work, but the best part are the contact sheets that can be seen here. Contact sheets open our street photographers' minds by showing us that the iconic photos we've praised for so long weren't made in a single attempt (well, some have of course, but not all of them). This book has everything you need in order to contemplate such a great photographer like Koudelka.
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Valerie Jardin - Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens (2017)
Valérie Jardin has contributed a lot to the overall genre of street photography in recent years thanks to her workshops and highly disciplined podcasts Hit the Streets and paused Street Focus from This Week in Photo. Beyond making photos and many other things, she is also a writer, and this book is a great investment even if it has some words on it. This book is a sincere approach to photography since every single photograph in the book comes with a brief story on how they were made. This is way better than having a manual about exposure and composition, this is the real thing! This is a personal journey through street photography and Valérie shares each photo's story across the book.
William Eggleston - From Black and White to Colour (2014)
More than a street photographer, William Eggleston is considered by the world as an artist, and as deeper you go into his work, the better you understand his artistic vision and latent visual intentions. He is highly known for documenting the ordinary life in a very unique color scheme, but there is a black and white side that must be revisited in order to understand why he is such a good color (street) photographer. This book built by himself has it all, from black and white to color, and is an absolute must for those dwelling between color and monochrome photography when shooting on the streets. In this magnificently laid book we discover some of his regular obsessions and recurrent themes, banal and ordinary figures that can be traced back to his earliest days as a black and white photographer. Watching the solid refinement of a photographer is always a delight, and this book has it all.
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There has been a lot of love and hate around Vivian Maier, and I think that she would hate to know that her photos are now able for our delight. Nevertheless, it is a great thing to have these amazing body of work with us since it has inspired many street photographers into becoming better with what they do. Even when I think that her work should have went under a stricter curation though, this is a nice book for all those people having photography related existential crisis
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Michail Moschoilos - The Anti-manual of Street Photography (2018)
This is perhaps the only written book I would advise you to read, the Street Photography Anti-manual written and freely distributed via PDF by Greek street photographer Michail Moschoilos.
Words by Federico Alegría
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