A new and fully revised hardback edition of Bystander has just been published by Laurence King – in addition to a bold new design by award-winning studio Atlas, the book features over 300 striking colour and black and white images. This fascinating survey also includes a new selection of contemporary street photographers, some of whose striking mages are featured here.
For Ciro Frank Schiappa, the book still resonates, but in a different way: “Twenty-two years ago Joel Meyerowitz introduced me to street photography and showed me the book Bystander for the first time. Page after page I’ve discovered the sense of wonder, the shiny thought, the snap instinct, the geometry of the composition and the adrenaline that belong to the street photographers of all generations. At twenty-five my fascination with it revolved around photography and the photographers.Today I read the book and I feel that it’s about men and women, relationships, kids, poetry and death. It’s a biography of everybody, a sublime witness of humanity.”
Even in an age where everyone with a smartphone is potentially a street photographer, it would seem that our fascination with the genre is stronger than ever – perhaps because of the reason described by Schiappa above… These photographs hold a mirror up to our lives, reflecting human behaviour in all its many and varied guises.