ARTPIL Profiles of the Arts
Bystander: A History of Street Photography
Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck

Alex Webb / Havana, 2000

In this book, the authors explore and discuss the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the ‘bible’ of street photography. It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Eugène Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Alex Webb, Brassai, André Kertész, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Winogrand and Levitt to name just a few. In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.

 

About the Authors

Colin Westerbeck, formerly a Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside, has also taught the history of photography at the University of Southern California and, currently, UCLA. He is internationally acknowledged as the foremost expert on street photography.

Joel Meyerowitz started making spontaneous color photographs on the streets of New York in 1962 with friends such as Tony Ray-Jones and Garry Winogrand. He has since become known as one of the most important street photographers of his generation. Instrumental in changing attitudes towards color photography in the 1970s, he is known as a pioneer, an important innovator, and a highly influential teacher.

 

Bystander: A History of Street Photography
Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck
Laurence King Publishing, 2017 / 400 pages
For more information, please visit the publisher’s page >

Recent Articles
Jane Freilicher / ’50s New York
Through Jun 9, 2018 / Paul Kasmin Gallery
Painted within various studios in lower Manhattan, the works are evocative of…
Painted within various studios in lower Manhattan, the works are evocative of a downtown milieu that has since…
W. Eugene Smith Photography Grant
Deadline May 31, 2018
Established in 1978, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is…
Established in 1978, the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose…
Mimmo Jodice / The Transformations of Vision
Through July 1, 2018 / MAMM
As a key figure in the history of photography, Mimmo Jodice’s work…
As a key figure in the history of photography, Mimmo Jodice’s work is characterized by an extraordinary emotionality…
Night of Museums
Tonight, May 19, 2019 / Europe
Several thousand museums will open their doors tonight, in 30 countries throughout…
Several thousand museums will open their doors tonight, in 30 countries throughout Europe for the 14th Edition of…
ARTPIL / Prescription .045
cultivate our garden
U.S. Embassy in Israel opens new location in Jerusalem. Trump family conducts…
U.S. Embassy in Israel opens new location in Jerusalem. Trump family conducts vain ceremony at real estate deal….
Power to the People
Through May 28, 2018 / Schirn
The Schirn brings together artistic posi­tions which can be read as seis­mo­graphs…
The Schirn brings together artistic posi­tions which can be read as seis­mo­graphs of contem­po­rary polit­ical activity, featuring international…
Erik Madigan Heck / Old Future
Through Aug 25, 2018 / Christophe Guye Galerie
Erik Madigan Heck, in his relatively short career, the artist developed a…
Erik Madigan Heck, in his relatively short career, the artist developed a personal way of looking at fashion,…
Photo London 2018 / Part II
MAY 17 - 20, 2018 / SOMERSET HOUSE
Today we survey some more of the photography which will be presented…
Today we survey some more of the photography which will be presented and take a closer look at…
Bystander: A History of Street Photography
Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck

Alex Webb / Havana, 2000

In this book, the authors explore and discuss the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the ‘bible’ of street photography. It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Eugène Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Alex Webb, Brassai, André Kertész, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Winogrand and Levitt to name just a few. In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.

 

About the Authors

Colin Westerbeck, formerly a Curator of Photography at the Art Institute of Chicago and Director of the California Museum of Photography at the University of California, Riverside, has also taught the history of photography at the University of Southern California and, currently, UCLA. He is internationally acknowledged as the foremost expert on street photography.

Joel Meyerowitz started making spontaneous color photographs on the streets of New York in 1962 with friends such as Tony Ray-Jones and Garry Winogrand. He has since become known as one of the most important street photographers of his generation. Instrumental in changing attitudes towards color photography in the 1970s, he is known as a pioneer, an important innovator, and a highly influential teacher.

 

Bystander: A History of Street Photography
Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck
Laurence King Publishing, 2017 / 400 pages
For more information, please visit the publisher’s page >