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Street Photography: From Brassai to Cartier-Bresson (Paperback)

Clive Scott

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ISBN 10: 1845112237 / ISBN 13: 9781845112233
Published by I.B.Tauris Co. Ltd., United Kingdom, 2007
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 . Bookseller Inventory # AA79781845112233

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Title: Street Photography: From Brassai to ...

Publisher: I.B.Tauris Co. Ltd., United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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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 Atget, Kertesz, Bovis, Rene-Jacques, Brassai, Doisneau, Cartier- Bresson and more, this elegantly written book unpicks Parisian street photography's complex relationship with parallel literary trends -- from Baudelaire to Soupault -- as well as its more evident affinity with Impressionist art. Street Photography reveals the genre to be poetic, even ""picturesque,"" looking not to the type but to the individual, not to the reality of the street but to its ""romance.""

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Clive Scott is Professor of European Literature, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia. His numerous books include The Spoken Image: Photography and Language (Reaktion Books, 1999).

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