Jeff Mermelstein is one of the big names of modern American photography and it’s reflected in the price tag of copies of Sidewalk, sadly for our wallets.
However, there’s no doubt that this is one of those photography books which makes us all richer (in art if not in dollars) and we’re very glad that we spent some time with Sidewalk this week.
Why We Love Sidewalk
Many street photography works are super serious and even a little po-faced but Mermelstein has a lot of things to say and they’re not all delivered in the same tone.
You’ll find tons of humor as the photographer pokes a little fun at the New York that he so clearly loves but he’s not shying away from criticism either, and a closer look at each frame can reveal deeper messages.
This book won the 1999 European Publishers Award for photography and it deserved to, there are very few collections of street images in its league.
Final Thoughts On Sidewalk
If you want to be a great photographer, you have to study the greats and if you can get hold of a copy of Sidewalk, it will be worth every minute you spend with it.
Sidewalk is a great photography book and so are The Suffering of Light, The Urban Prisoner and Where I Find Myself, so check them out too.
You can grab a copy online here.