If you’ve ever been curious about giving ‘Street Photography’ a try or just wanted a great book of urban candid lifestyle photos, look no further, I have the book for you.
“Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind The Lens” by Valerie Jardin was recently released and is for sale available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel and all well-stocked bricks and mortar book stores.
I first read of photographer Valerie Jardin several years ago when it was mentioned either by her or the author, that she had sold her DSLRs, gave up her commercial photography business and decided to explore her new passion of ‘Street photography.’ She pared down her heavy, conspicuous DSLR’s down to a Fuji rangefinder camera and invested in a pair of good walking shoes. Having a lot of enthusiasm for photographing people in natural unposed settings going about their day, she started gaining a large following for her work which later led to teaching and writing books. She sells her e-books on her website, but not this print book.
“Street Photography” is her first print book and it’s set to be the bible of the street photography genre. Every page tells a story that you can almost place yourself in as you stealthy roam fabulous cities and see what others might not in going about their day. She takes you thru all the steps and form building confidence to location suggestions and camera options and fills in a lot of blanks which other books I've read in the past have lacked.
I think it could serve more than just the street photography enthusiast. This is one of those books that will remain a book shelf favorite to let your mind wander thru the pages spurning your own creativity for whatever flavor your soul leads you to photograph. Published by Routledge, a company known for high quality paper and reproduction in their books, the photos are of generous size and the type is perfect and readable.
Valerie has used just about all flavors of Fuji cameras and this line is known for producing amazing people photos and rich black and white’s you’d struggle to get looking this good by digital conversion in post processing software.
I especially enjoyed the chapter, “Stories in a Single Frame.” So many photographers, new and seasoned pro’s need to learn this. I licensed my own work to publications for decades and we had to sum up an event in one photo. Many photographers often go thru a spell of shooting way too much and failing to get the one shot that ‘sums it up’ and tells the story. It takes practice and this book is a great place to start.
There is nothing left unturned in this book. Weighing in at 230 pages with Two Parts and many chapters covering:
Part One: The Fundamentals of Street Photography
Different Ways To Approach Street Photography
Elements That Make A Street Photograph
Part Two: Photo Walks
Stories in a Single Frame
Stories in A Series
Women rarely get the credit they deserve, especially in the arts. I am hoping Valerie Jardin’s book can start to turn the tide on this and show that women are as visually gifted as the best male street photographers.
For more on Valerie Jardin and her Workshops http://valeriejardinphotography.com/
To purchase on Amazon:
*I requested a copy of this book for review because I knew it would not disappoint!*