Well today is my birthday and I was absolutely delighted to receive the photo book “Arbus Friedlander Winogrand New Documents 1967”.
Anyone familiar with this will know that the New Documents exhibition at the Musuem of Modern Art in New York City, in 1967, was one of the most important and influential photo exhibition of all time.
It not only jettisoned the careers of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlaner and Garry Winogrand from fairly unknown photographers to internationally acclaimed, but it is most probably the moment contemporary street photography was born.
Before this point, and probably with the exception of Robert Frank, most documentary photography was more concerned with reporting from big events on the world stage. The New Documents show was instead concerned with every day life on the streets. In many ways it was the first time a major exhibition turned the camera on the lives of the kind of people coming to view it.
Surprisingly, no catalogue was ever produced for the show, so this book is the first printed record of every photo exhibited.
In my view it’s a book every street photographer should have on their bookshelves.
What books would you recommend every street photographer should have in their collections?