Image Credit; Sean P. Durham, Berlin, 2023

Street Photography Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf in 2023

Street Photography is a practical activity.

Sean P. Durham
4 min readMay 7, 2023


We all do it for various reasons, fun, art, relaxation and many other reasons.

But, most of us do have a desire to achieve a high standard when we’re behind the camera.

A little inspiration and help from two excellent Street Photographers, Matt Stuart and David Gibson, show us, prompt us, and generally motivate us to pick up our cameras and get outside for more of the good stuff on the street.

A good street photographer steps onto the street with solid intention and a positive frame of mind. These two books will help to develop your positive way of thinking so that even when you’re ‘not feeling it’, or just plain tired, you can motivate yourself to get something positive from your efforts.

“The Street Photographer’s Manual”, by David Gibson, is packed with photos by various street photographers from around the world.

Instead of focusing on only his own work, he gives us a panoramic view of the variety of photography that is street photography.

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Each chapter of the book is headed with an idea. Quiet, Busy, Abstract, Still, Subjects. And each time we delve into one of these aspects of street photography and the possibilities open to us, we can walk the streets, camera in hand, with these thoughts in mind.

Intention, in photography, is everything. Without a strong intent we meander. With solid ideas we know what we want — that’s when we see those ideas right in front of us.

Reading juicy books like these two helps us to formulate our own intentions and come away with ideas that give us street photographer’s framework of thinking, and a deeper appreciation of what street photography is all about.



Sean P. Durham

Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Street Photography. Fine Art Photography, writing, art, cats.