Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck And Joel Meyerowitz

Bystander is often considered to be the “Bible of Street Photography” and there’s a good reason for that.

Joel Meyerowitz is one of the world’s most talented street photographers and he teamed up with Colin Westerbeck, another industry titan, to develop the definitive guide to the art. 


Why We Love Bystander

This is a new edition of the book that was first published in 1994 and Joel and Colin have brought it right up to date.

Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck And Joel Meyerowitz

If you want to see images taken by all the greats of the genre from Cartier-Bresson to Steiglitz to Arbus and the authors bring their understanding of the work to the table. 

We especially like that there’s a strong focus on new, contemporary photographers. 

Bystander will allow you to discover photographers that you can learn from and grow with. 

Our only criticism of the book is that sometimes, the layout doesn’t seem designed to bring out the best in each image, maybe a further edition can fix that? 


Final Thoughts On Bystander

There is no better guide to Street Photography than Bystander. 

It’s also much more reasonably priced than Henri-Cartier Bresson’s famous guide to the art. 

If you love street photography then you’ll also want to take a look at Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, The Decisive Moment and America by Zoe Strauss. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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