The World Atlas of Street Photography


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Jackie Higgins; With a foreword by Max Kozloff

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An ambitious, stunning compendium assembling vibrant, varied expressions of street photography, both staged and improvised, from around the globe

The energetic, fluctuating pace of the metropolis has long lured photographers to capture—often candidly—the chaos, character, and incident of modern urban life ever since the genesis of photography in the 19th century. The World Atlas of Street Photography focuses on the abundance of photos created on street corners internationally, including classic documentary street photography as well as mediated images of urban landscapes, staged performances, and sculpture. Twelve specially commissioned artworks are featured, in addition to a wide selection of striking and well-known images of city life. Lively and informative, this handsome book compiles expressions of a vibrant genre and is the first of its kind to scour the globe—from New York to New Delhi, Beijing to Brighton, Havana to Hamburg, and Sydney to Seoul. This magnificently illustrated compilation of more than 700 images presents over one hundred established and emerging contemporary photographers, including Nikki S. Lee, Lise Sarfati, Jeff Wall, Daido Moriyama, Alexey Titarenko, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, David Goldblatt, and Julio Bittencourt, among many others. The World Atlas of Street Photography offers a peek through the lenses of photographers chronicling the fever, furor, and intimacy of urban life.
Jackie Higgins is a writer, journalist, and filmmaker specializing in photography. A writer and producer for over ten years, she currently focuses on issues of identity in contemporary Japanese photography. Other areas of her research include 19th-century photography and contemporary uses of the camera obscura.

"The long shared history of photography and urbanity arrives at an exciting contemporary (and international) moment through this vibrant volume . . . . The images are beautiful, produced with the same vibrant attention that the text directs toward each celebrated photographer. It is rare for collections like this to pull off such simultaneous breadth and depth, yet this resource of over 100 artists succeeds, edifying and captivating throughout."—Publishers Weekly

"Street photography has an irresistible allure, bringing out the voyeur in the viewer. A new book, The World Atlas of Street Photography, has pictures by 100 established and emerging photographers, working in more than 50 cities on five continents. . . . Jackie Higgins, the author of the book, says for many people the term ‘street photography’ conjures up artists with a signature look from a particular era, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson or Garry Winogrand. But the genre is experiencing a renaissance, she says, grappling with issues like inequality in Africa and the growth of megacities in Asia."—Eben Shapiro, Wall Street Journal

"A compendium of artists and perspectives from around the world, each fearlessly hunting the urban jungle, camera in hand."—Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post

"A must-have ‘atlas’ for street-photography lovers . . . and a remarkable tour of urban life in more than 50 cities."—Mark Byrnes, Citylab

"Postcard-perfect portraits of glittery skylines provide polished glimpses of urban life. But it’s gritty street photography that exposes a city’s throbbing heart—the ‘theater of the everyday’ that unfolds on every corner. Now, a massive tome called The World Atlas of Street Photography has collected 700 street-photography images from around the world. And even if you thought you knew cities like New York, Rio, or Mumbai, these pictures will open your eyes."—Michael Kaminer, Yahoo! Travel

"More than 700 images from 100 contemporary photographers capture unexpected moments of daily street life around the globe, from Paris to Havana to Seoul."—Los Angeles Times

"A Best Art Book of 2014."—Huffington Post
ISBN: 9780300207163
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
400 pages, 8 3/4 x 9 1/4
500 color + 140 b/w illus.

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