Street Photography Now is still a MUST-READ book, even 13 years later!

Cover of the book Street Photography Now
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If you're serious about shooting street photography or are thinking of purchasing one of the best cameras for street photography so you can take images like Alan Schaller or Henry Cartier-Bresson, then Street Photography Now is a must-read. Edited by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren, published by Thames & Hudson, it was first published in 2010 - but is still the best book on the genre 13 years later.

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This remarkable book features tons of contemporary street photography by some of the biggest names in the genre including,  Joel Meyerowitz, Carolyn Drake, Alex Webb, Martin Parr, and Matt Stuart (whose images flaunt the front and back cover) to name but a few, the whole book actually features the work of 46 photographers around the world, each with their own unique style and way of capturing street photography around the world.

As someone who has transitioned to street photography, I can't count how many times I have opened up this book over the years to gain inspiration and insight into how to make my street photography better.

This book demonstrates that this vast genre of photography is forever changing and evolving as time goes on and showcases some fabulous work that really needs to be seen to be believed.

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Spanning 301 photographs in black and white and color totaling 240 pages this book is an amazing read and visual representation of the genre around the world.

I personally have the paperback version which is still a hefty book for the coffee table, but for those that want this book to be a pride and joy, they did, and still do, offer it in hardback cover - which I can only imagine weighs a ton!

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A spread from the book Street Photography Now

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This book I think is simply a must-read for any street photographer to tuned-up on their skills for what to look out for, how to compose images, and really just look for any inspiration you can find, I said earlier I get this out often, and can honestly say even today, after owning it for a number of years I never get bored of looking through this remarkable book, and I really think if you haven't already done say to pick it up and enjoy it, because I think it is one of the best street photography books on the market, regardless of its age, it might be old, but it's gold!

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.