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Studying 'STREETS'

Developing a competent street photography practice is a matter of patience, fierce individuality, incessant experimentation, and wholehearted dedication. There is nothing easy about making good street photography. ~Michael Ernest Sweet

Books to study

  • 'Masters of Distraction': The spontaneous art of street photography

  • The Americans by Robert Frank

  • Capa in Color by Robert Capa

  • Grim Street by Mark Cohen

  • Life Is Good And Good For You In New York by William Klein

  • Labyrinth by Daido Moriyama

  • The Man in the Crowd by Garry Winogrand

  • Uncommon Places by Stephen Shore

  • American Photographs by Walker Evans

  • A Beautiful Catastrophe by Bruce Gilden

  • Eggleston’s Guide by John Szarkowski & William Eggleston

  • Revelations by Diane Arbus

  • Modern Color by Fred Herzog


Street Photographers to study​

Videos to study


  • Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable (PBS Masters)

  • William Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult (YouTube)

  • Imagine: The Colorful Mr. Eggleston (YouTube)

  • The Many Lives of William Klein (YouTube)

  • Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank (YouTube)

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: Pen, Brush & Camera (YouTube)

  • Duffy: The Man Who Shot the Sixties (Worth watching for photographers, YouTube)

  • Fill The Frame (photographer Tim Huynh)

  • William Eggleston in the Real World

  • The Salt of the Earth (Not street, but worthwhile for all photographers to see. work of Sebastião Salgado.)

  • Smash His Camera (Documentary about a paparazzi photographer)

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

  • Movies: Blow Up (1966) directed by Michelangelo Antonioni

  • Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) directed by Irvin Kershner

  • Rear Window (1954) directed by Alfred Hitchcock Pecker (1998) directed by John Waters

  • One Hour Photo (2002) directed by Mark Romanek

  • Shutter (2004) directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom

  • Proof (1991) directed by John Madden

  • Fargo (1996) directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (While not about photography, one can learn a great deal about visual art from the stunning cinematography in this film.)

  • Kodachrome (Predictable but good)


Documentaries to study

Movies to study

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