100+ Inspirational Street Photography Books You Gotta Own

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Magnum Contact Sheets, my #1 recommended book for street photographers. See my article on the book here.

One of the most important things to become a better street photographer is to understand what makes a great street photograph. Although there are tons of great online resources and photographs for great street photography, the best stuff will always be in photo-books. If you want to read more about why books on street photography are so important to own, check out my old post, “Buy Books, Not Gear“.

This list was compiled with the help of many people (mentioned below) and not a comprehensive list. If you have any books you would like to add to this list, please leave a comment below! Most of the links direct you to Amazon (I have my affiliate links on them, so every purchase you make will help support me and the site!) Hope you enjoy this list, the ones bolded are my personal favorites.

Updated November 2, 2014:

My Top 10 Favorite Street Photography Books

If you currently don’t own any photography books and want to start your own library, below are my top-10 favorite street photography books (all still in print)

  1. Magnum Contact Sheets
  2. Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
  3. Alex Webb: The Suffering Of Light
  4. Robert Frank: The Americans
  5. Martin Parr: The Last Resort
  6. Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
  7. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
  8. The Open Road: Photography and the American Roadtrip
  9. Photographers’ Sketchbooks
  10. The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas”

Street Photography Book Reviews

Below are some reviews I have done for my favorite photography books:

  1. Magnum Contact Sheets
  2. Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
  3. Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light
  4. Josef Koudelka: Gypsies
  5. Robert Frank: The Americans
  6. Martin Parr: The Last Resort
  7. Trent Parke: Minutes to Midnight
  8. Photographers’ Sketchbooks
  9. The Photobook: A History Volume III

Recommended Street Photography Books

Here is my full list of recommended street photography books:

  1. Magnum Contact Sheets
  2. Magnum: Degrees
  3. Magnum: Stories
  4. In-Public: ’10’
  5. Mark Cohen: Grim Street
  6. Street Photography Now
  7. Unposed by Craig Semetko
  8. Bruce Davidson: Subway
  9. Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street
  10. “Europeans” by Henri Cartier-Bresson
  11. “India” by Henri Cartier-Bresson
  12. Diane Arbus: A monograph
  13. Helen Levitt
  14. Christophe Agou: The New York City Subway
  15. Lee Friedlander: Friedlander
  16. “Scrapbook” by Henri Cartier-Bresson
  17. Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best
  18. Elliott Erwitt: Snaps
  19. Robert Doisneau: Paris
  20. Richard Kalvar: Earthlings
  21. Andre Kertesz (Editions Hazan)
  22. Robert Frank: The Americans
  23. Garry Winogrand: Public Relations
  24. Garry Winogrand: Figments from the real world
  25. Garry Winogrand: The Animals
  26. Eugene Atget: Paris
  27. Bruce Gilden by Stern Magazine
  28. Bruce Gilden: A Beautiful Catastrophe
  29. Bruce Gilden: Haiti
  30. Bruce Gilden: After The Off
  31. Bruce Gilden: Facing New York
  32. Bruce Gilden: Coney Island
  33. Bruce Gilden: Go
  34. Bystander: A History of Street Photography
  35. Joel Meyerowitz
  36. Jun Abe: Citizens
  37. William Eggleston: Chromes
  38. William Eggleston: Guide
  39. Brassai: Paris
  40. Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places
  41. Daido Moriyama: The World Through My Eyes
  42. Alex Webb: Istanbul
  43. Alex Webb: The Suffering Of Light
  44. David Alan Harvey: Cuba
  45. David Alan Harvey: Divided Soul
  46. Jeff Mermelstein: Sidewalk
  47. Walker Evans
  48. Fred Herzog: Photographs
  49. Vivian Maier
  50. William Klein: Contacts
  51. Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects
  52. Martin Parr: The Last Resort
  53. Martin Parr: Small World
  54. Cristóbal Hara: Vanitas
  55. Hans van der Meer: Quirk of Fate
  56. Ara Güler Orhan Pamuk: Istanbul
  57. Bill Brandt: The English at Home
  58. Tony Ray-Jones: Best Of
  59. Josef Koudelka: Gypsies
  60. Anders Peterson: French Kiss
  61. Anders Petersen: Cafe Lehmitz
  62. Antonin Kratochvil: Moscow Nights (currently unavailable) more info here
  63. Nikos Economopoulos: In the Balkans
  64. John Demos: Shadows of Silence
  65. Raghu Rai: India – Reflections in Color
  66. Michael Ackerman: End Time City
  67. Ernst Haas: Color Correction
  68. Jane Evelyn Atwood: Rue des Lombards
  69. Klavdij Sluban: East to East
  70. Zoe Strauss: America
  71. David Solomons: Happenstance
  72. David Solomons: Underground
  73. Kramer O’ Neill: ‘Till Human Voices Wake Us
  74. Kramer O’Neill: Pictures of People And Things 1
  75. Harvey Stein: Coney Island – 40 years
  76. Henri Cartier-Bresson: “The Decisive Moment”
  77. Josef Koudelka: Exiles
  78. Anders Petersen

Educational books on photography

  1. The Education of a Photographer
  2. David Hurn: On Being a Photographer

Books for iPad

It can be a pain in the ass to carry around a ton of photo books, so check out these great iPad books (list compiled by Matteo Alvarazi):

  1. Christopher Anderson: Capitolio
  2. Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best
  3. Geoff Dyer: The Ongoing Moment
  4. Carl De Keyzer: Zona

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