1st Edition

Street Photography
From Brassai to Cartier-Bresson




ISBN 9781845112233
Published June 26, 2007 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Street photography is perhaps the best-loved and most widely known of all photographic genres, with names like Cartier-Bresson, Brassai and Doisneau familiar even to those with a fleeting knowledge of the medium. Yet, what exactly is street photography? From what viewpoint does it present its subjects, and how does this viewpoint differ from that of documentary photography? Looking closely at the work of Atget, Kertesz, Bovis, Rene-Jacques, Brassai, Doisneau, Cartier- Bresson and more, this elegantly written book, extensively illustrated with both well-known and neglected works, unpicks Parisian street photography's affinity with Impressionist art, as well as its complex relationship with parallel literary trends and authors from Baudelaire to Philippe Soupault. Clive Scott traces street photography's origins, asking what really what happened to photography when it first abandoned the studio, and brings to the fore fascinating questions about the way the street photographer captures or frames those subjects - traders, lovers, entertainers - so beloved of the genre.In doing so, Scott reveals street photography to be a poetic, even 'picturesque' form, looking not to the individual but to the type; not to the 'reality' of the street but to its 'romance'.

Table of Contents

Illustrations, introduction 1 out of the studio into the street 2 the street-photographic and the documentary 3 street arts and street métiers 4 street photography: the appropriateness of language and an appropriate language 5 streets, buildings and the gendered city, conclusion

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Biography

Clive Scott is Professor of European Literature, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia. His books include The Spoken Image: Photography and Language and Translating Baudelaire.