Bystander: A history of street photography by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck

Jeff Mermelstein, New York City, 1993 Image Credit: © Jeff Mermelstein

In the new book Bystander, iconic photographer Joel Meyerowitz and leading photography expert Colin Westerbeck explore the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres, street photography.

Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, this brand new and fully revised version of a book that has come to be known as the ‘bible’ of street photography, covers an incredible array of work, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand and Levitt to name just a few.

In Bystander, the story of street photography is brought up to present day with a complete re-evaluation of historical material as well as the inclusion of contemporary photographers and a new and exclusive discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography. Available from Laurence King.

Main image: Jeff Mermelstein, New York City, 1993. Image Credit: © Jeff Mermelstein

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1945 1942? Image Credit: © Film Documents LLC

Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1945 1942? Image Credit: © Film Documents LLC

Noel Camardo, New York, New York, 2002 Image Credit: © Noel Camardo

Noel Camardo, New York, New York, 2002 Image Credit: © Noel Camardo

Natan Dvir, Juicy Couture 01, 2008 Image Credit: ©Natan Dvir

Natan Dvir, Juicy Couture 01, 2008 Image Credit: ©Natan Dvir

Courtesy Addison Gallery, Philips Andover Academy; the Yale University Art Gallery; and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale

Courtesy Addison Gallery, Philips Andover Academy; the Yale University Art Gallery; and the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale

Joel Meyerowitz, W. 46 St., New York City, 1976 Image Credit: Courtesy of Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz, W. 46 St., New York City, 1976 Image Credit: Courtesy of Joel Meyerowitz

Joel Meyerowitz, New York, 1971 Image Credit: Courtesy of Joel Meyerowi

Joel Meyerowitz, New York, 1971 Image Credit: Courtesy of Joel Meyerowi

Jonathan Smith, Untitled #21, 2009 Image Credit: © Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith, Untitled #21, 2009 Image Credit: © Jonathan Smith

J.R. Taylor, Milwaukee, c. 1909-10 Image Credit: State Historical Society of Wisconsin - Whi(X3)29517

J.R. Taylor, Milwaukee, c. 1909-10 Image Credit: State Historical Society of Wisconsin - Whi(X3)29517

Richard Bram, Domincan Day Parade, 6th Ave, New York, 2005 Image Credit: © Richard Bram

Richard Bram, Domincan Day Parade, 6th Ave, New York, 2005 Image Credit: © Richard Bram