My book, The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto, is a handy guide to street photography – with tips, advice, hundreds of examples and a fabulous showcase section featuring the following photographers:
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Each photographer above gives their own personal insights into how they shoot, what they shoot with and what inspires them.
I also have to mention Kishan Chandarana , a lawyer who has contributed to a section on street photography and the law. As a street photographer it’s so important to know your rights. Most street shooters I know have been approached by the police or security or even members of the public questioning them on what they are doing and why they are shooting. Kishan dispels some of the myths and truths surrounding the laws which affect us street shooters.
It’s available on Amazon in the UK, US and internationally, and if you can’t find it in your local Amazon, check any online book shops specific to your country. It’s also out in bookstores across the UK (Waterstones/Foyles/Tate Modern/any bookshop that has a sizeable photography section) as well as many in the US and internationally.
This book will give you some real first hand advice and insight into street photography – not only from myself but from the photographers listed above. I started out shooting with a 5MP tiny digital camera in 2006, and then got myself an ‘amateur’ DSLR (Canon 350D) which I used for 6 years before upgrading to a full-frame DSLR (Canon 5D MK II). Yes I’ve shot with a Leica but it’s not mine. The point I want to make is that this book is not designed for people with access to high-end gear. Yes a Leica is a wonderful piece of equipment – but it’s also a hugely expensive bit of kit, and most people just don’t have the money for this. I wanted to prove through this book that talent does not need to come from equipment – it comes from your eye and your ability to recognise ‘moments’. Who cares if you use a mobile phone camera? Maybe this is a fad (what with Instagram etc.) – or maybe it’s just frigging convenient as most of us, if not all of us own a mobile phone and therefore have it with us all the time!
The book therefore covers all kinds of equipment – from the lust-worthy Leica to the hefty SLR, to the mobile phone camera.
Thank you if you’ve already bought this – I hope it’s inspired you in some way. I’d love to hear your thoughts so feel free to email me.
Thanks to all those involved in this project, and to Ilex and Pixiq publishers for taking it on.
The best advice I could give to anyone aiming to better their skills – shoot, shoot and shoot!