Street photography didn’t start with Henri Cartier-Bresson. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, Charles Nègre, and other predecessors were capturing the comings and goings on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris and beyond in the 19th century. A detailed history of street photography was first collected in a 1994 landmark book called Bystander, by artist Joel Meyerowitz and curator Colin Westerbeck; Laurence King Publishing is releasing a newly revised edition (available November 7), featuring 27 additional photographers, a new chapter devoted to digital photography, and a historical revisit. From the publisher’s press release:
Strictly personal and often casual, these images were created mostly by photographers who prescribe to no artistic school or aesthetic theory. Any concept of a photograph occurred when they looked into the camera, improvising as they went along. From anonymous amateurs to great masters, they are an opportunistic breed always ready to respond to errant details, chance juxtapositions, odd non sequiturs, peculiarities of scale, and the quirkiness of life in the street.
See a preview of Bystander: A History of Street Photography in our gallery.