Matt Stuart: Think Like a Street Photographer is a great manual for photographers of all skill levels looking to improve their street photography skills and for anyone interested in candid photography as an art form. Matt Stuart never goes out without his trusty Leica and, in a career spanning twenty years, has taken some of the most accomplished, witty, and well-known photographs of the streets.
From understanding how to be invisible on a busy street, to anticipating a great image in the chaos of a crowd, Matt Stuart reveals in over 20 chapters the hard-won skills and secrets that have led to his greatest shots. He explains his purist and uniquely playful approach to street photography leaving the reader full of ideas to use in their own photography. Illustrated throughout with 100 of Stuart’s images, this is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the finest street photographers around.
Contrary to popular belief this side of photography is not all about luck. You have to put yourself out there. You have to get out there and be consistent because like everything else in this world, mastering a particular set of skills takes practice and does not happen overnight. This book is full of good advice and some of Matt’s best photographs of the streets.
Think Like a Street Photographer is a unique opportunity to learn a few tricks from one of the best street photographers around.
‘Never do that old maxim “the harder I practice, the luckier I get” ring truer.’ – Matt Stuart
About the Author
Matt Stuart is a British street photographer and he was born in Harrow, northwest London, in 1974. In interviews, he has described his life as having been spent singularly and obsessively devoted to one interest after another, including skateboarding from 1986 to 1994, and kung fu, before taking up photography working as an assistant to a photographer for three years.
From that experience, he turned professional by working for himself from 2000 onward. His personal street photography is his main focus, predominantly in London—his book All That Life Can Afford (2016) includes photographs made there between 2002 and 2015. He also works commercially as an advertising photographer,[and leads street photography workshops. Stuart became a member of the In-Public street photography collective in 2001 and in 2016 was a nominee member of Magnum Photos. His work has also been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Britain and the USA. Of note, his work also appeared in group exhibitions at the Museum of London (which acquired his work for its permanent collection), the Museum of the City of New York, France, Bangkok, and Stockholm.