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’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.

5 Responses to “Street Photography Alive and Well in New Book”

  1. David Says:

    Will you be running an article about the controversial “borrowing” of a web author’s work for this book? I’m looking forward to getting the book, but I’m also very sensitive to issues of authorship and attribution. These are important issues for photographers and writers and a discussion of them with this book as a starting point would make an excellent feature for PDN.

  2. Olivier Laurent Says:

    The Terrorism Act of 2000 (as its name actually is) as yet to be amended… Right now, the Home Office has called for Section 44 powers to be scrapped, but that doesn’t mean that the act has been amended. Instead, it just means that the Home Office, which under the Act gives the controversial powers to the police when requested, will not be issuing these authorisations.

    The Home Office is currently evaluating the controversial powers and will issue a report in the coming weeks to have the Terrorism Act of 2000 and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2008 amended accordingly. The House of Parliament will be charged with that task, probably in 2011.

  3. Michael Says:

    As a wedding and family photographer in San Jose I find the limitation very frustrating. Come now, almost all the building is major cities have been photograph! How can another photograph of a building or structure be a treat?

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  5. Roberto Maasen Says:

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