New book – ’52 Assignments: Street Photography’
I was flattered to receive a call from my publisher earlier this year: ‘Can you write a new book?’, they said. ‘It’s a bit of a tight deadline’.
Well, that ‘phone call took care of the dark winter evenings and kept me out of mischief for several months. And those efforts have borne fruit today, with the publication of ’52 Assignments – Street Photography’ (Ammonite Press).
The book is a mission brief, a photographic workshop, a personalised journal and an anarchic guide to putting the creativity back into your photography. It is filled with prompts and projects, nudges and sparks, innovations and inspirations, to help you kick your photographic habits, step out of your comfort zone and add the creativity and character that is the essential feature of professional street photography. The book features 52 commissions and concepts with alternative ideas for composing, creating and printing eye-catching images from the street. You will discover different ways of approaching your subjects; challenges and games that add a level of mischief and play to your work; ideas for using maps, books and signs to unleash your creativity; lists of the best festivals and events to attend; prompts for alternative subjects and themes; guides to removing clichés from your work; radical techniques for pushing your camera beyond its limits or using alternative cameras; and examples from historic masters; along with ideas for innovative approaches to processing and printing.
If you have any sort of creative roadblock in your street photography, this is the book to drive you right through it. The rest of the journal’s pages are styled for you to add your own thoughts, notes, lists, Top 10s, technical specifications, quotes, and even sketches and doodles, creating a record of your own 52 photographic assignments. These may be completed weekend by weekend over the course of a year, or dipped into every time you need to bring a new concept or creative approach to your street photography.
If you’d like a signed copy, you can buy one directly from me here – the price includes UK postage and packing (there may be a short delay as I’m awaiting stock).
My first book, ‘Mastering Street Photography’, is available to purchase here.