155 x 235 mm
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’.
About the Artist
Clive Scott is professor emeritus of European literature at the University of East Anglia.
About the Publisher
I.B. Tauris has long been recognized as a world leader in Middle East Studies and a major presence in Politics & International Relations publishing. Acquired by Bloomsbury in 2018, the imprint brings together academic and general interest books covering the most topical debates and vital new research on the history, politics, culture and religions of the Middle East. These sit alongside a dynamic Politics & International Relations list that engages with global issues covering current affairs, political theory, international and diplomatic history, area studies, security studies, conflict resolution and government policy.