Street Photography Alive and Well in New Book

"Charity, Bournemouth" 2008; ©Paul Russell

Yesterday, we told you about the street photographer who was questioned by police after taking photos in Times Square and many of you weighed in with your commentary. And while being a street photographer in New York City may not be easy for various reasons, it doesn’t compare to Great Britain where it can be downright criminal thanks to that country’s strict anti-terrorism laws.

According to Wired.com’s RAW File blog, that’s changing with a recent amendment to Britain’s “Prevention of Terrorism Act” which had declared photographers “suspicious” merely for carrying photo gear. (And you thought things were bad in Kuwait.)

The “suspicious” photographer law was amended this past summer and, somewhat coincidentally, a new book is out from Thames & Hudson (get it: London and New York) entitled “Street Photography Now.”

The book is a compendium of famous and lesser known street shots from a range of photographers, including Martin Parr, Joel Meyerowitz, Trent Parke, Michael Wolf, Bruce Gilden, Matt Stuart, Nick Turpin, Alex Webb and many others. Check out the video slideshow from the book below.

(Via RAW File.)

Street Photography Now from Third Floor Gallery on Vimeo.

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