Magnum Streetwise: the Ultimate Collection of Street Photography from Magnum Photos
A new book, Magnum Streetwise, explores the history of Magnum Photos in the realm of street photography from the early work of the collective’s founder-members through to classic works of the genre, and brand new projects.
This new book examines Magnum’s engagement with street photography, from 1947 to today:
Magnum Streetwise is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos, and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images.
Magnum photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson pioneered modern concepts of street photography before the term was even coined. A rich seam of street photography runs through the heart of Magnum to this day, both in the work of recognized masters of the genre—including Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, and Richard Kalvar—and in the work of those who may not think of themselves as street photographers, despite their powerful influence on the current generation of budding artists. Magnum Streetwise is a true visual feast, interleaving insightful text and anecdotes within an intuitive blend of the photographer – and theme – focused sections. Ambitious in scope and democratic in nature, Magnum Streetwise is an unmissable tour through the photographs and practices that have helped define what street photography is—and what it can be.
Stephen McLaren, editor of Magnum Streetwise, is a freelance photographer, author, curator, former TV Producer, and aspiring scriptwriter. Born and raised in Scotland, he now resides in Los Angles, California. In addition to being a very talented writer, Stephen is also a highly accomplished street photographer himself. Some of his personal street photography is displayed in this article.
Magnum Streetwise is a collaboration between Stephen, his publisher, Thames & Hudson and the photographers at Magnum.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 12, 2019)
Size: 7.8 x 1.4 x 9.8 inches
Weight: 3.5 pounds
Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San Francisco. He is coauthor, with Sophie Howarth, of Street Photography Now. He also coauthored Photographers’ Sketchbooks with Bryan Formhals.