I’ve had this book by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on my Amazon.com wishlist for a number of years. It’s called On Street Photography and the Poetic Image and it’s part of the Aperture Photography Workshop Series. Since nobody seemed inclined to buy it for me I decided to buy it (along with two other volumes in the same series) for myself.

I very much like the simple approach: Each page consists of an image and some text (usually no more than a couple of paragraphs) commenting on the photography, sometimes the specific photographs and sometimes broader photographic concepts.
The images are not limited to those of the two authors (Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Web). Photos by other renowned photographers (e.g. Cartier-Bresson, Josef Koudelka Charles Harbutt, Eugene Richards, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Bruce Davidson and others) are used to illustrate matters that the authors considered to be important.

It was attractive to look at, easy to read, and yet challenging to the intellect.

I really liked it.

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