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Reclaim the Street: Street Photography’s Moment

Thames & Hudson May 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780500545379. $70. PHOTOG
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This survey of contemporary street photographers is refreshing for its global perspective. Many books on these peripatetic practitioners have focused on photographers in Paris, London, and New York. What makes this title exciting is that it introduces readers to over 100 photographers active in, among other places, Thailand, India, Australia, Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Turkey. Authors McLaren (Street Photography Now) and Stuart (Think Like a Street Photographer) observe that the global expansion of the genre has been aided by technical advances in (and the lower cost of) digital photography and because street photography is a medium that is open to all and offers endless opportunities to observe the human parade. Sections on each of the photographers include informative interviews that explore the creative aspects of their work as well as the emotional and psychological pull this genre exerts.
VERDICT Those who thought they’d seen everything in street photography will find new themes and insights; newcomers will be introduced to photography that is thrilling for its inventiveness, creativity, and humanism.
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