Book Reviews

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Streethunters Bookshelf: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer (Powerhouse Books, 2011)

Introduction

Vivian Maier, the street photographer and her incredible story, has had me under her spell since I first explored street photography. Spyros gave me the taste, the “push” into the genre, but it’s Maier who pulled me in and refused to let me go. It was a perfect storm. As I stumbled into street, Vivian Maier’s story was exploding and it’s draw was irresistible. The story was so compelling and the relatively few pictures released were wonderful. The inspiration was immediate. I searched fervently for all the images the internet could cough up. I watched the BBC documentary, “Who Took Nanny’s Pictures”. Soon after, John Maloof’s documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier” came out and I watched it as soon as it was available. And then I thought my cup was full, because I began researching other street photography greats. The big names. I had shelved Maier, in my mind, as I explored well-known and respected pioneers of street. The more I consumed, the further back the images were pushed in my mind.

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Tanya Nagar's “The New Street Photographer's Manifesto”

Introduction

Manifesto is a heavy word. When you think about the context in which the word manifesto is often used, you think of a powerful political statement..You think of world leaders or want-to-be leaders. Of activists and policymakers. The Oxford dictionary defines manifesto as, “a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.”

The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto

Tanya Nagar’s “The New Street Photographer’s Manifesto” (Pixiq, 2012) is not so much a manifesto,, but more an excellent jumping off point for an aspiring street hunter. Well written and concise, at 176 pages, it’s a primer that I, with a year’s experience, still found to be an enjoyable, yet quick, read that serves up some bonus eye candy as well.