Saturday, December 18, 2010

10 Gift Ideas for a Street Photographer

1. Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren (Oct 2010)
This is one of my favorite photography books of the year. There are plenty of photos that will surely inspire amateurs and pros alike.

Street Photography Now

2. Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940-1959 by Lisa Hostetler
Street Seen: The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940-1959

3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
This is a great pocket camera for quick snaps. I like being able to quickly change the aspect ratio between 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. It has a wonderful, fast f/2.0 Leica lens. Because it has a small sensor, don't expect it to compete in quality with a DSLR. It's great for street because it's small, quiet and not very noticeable. (except to other photographers). It's a lot less expensive than the Leica D-Lux 5 which is a very similar camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)

4. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century by Peter Galassi, Henri-Cartier Bresson
Thrilling, stunning photography. It also makes any coffee table look a bit classier.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

5. Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt
Beautiful photos often with a twist of humor.
Personal Best

6. Giottos Rocket Air Blaster
Dust on the lens is a bad thing that can take a bit of sharpness and clarity out of your photos. Dust can also cause the lens to flare. This is great to have for safely cleaning gear, dusting off negatives before scanning, and for odd jobs around the house. ;) In your camera bag, it can also act as a cushion around gear.

Giottos AA1910 Medium Rocket Air Blaster (6.6)

7. B&W Film

Kodak Professional TRI-X 400/400TX 35mm Black-and-White Film, 36-Exposure Roll

Ilford HP5 Plus, Black and White Print Film, 135 (35 mm), ISO 400, 36 Exposures (1574577)

Fujifilm Neopan 400 Professional Black-and-White Negative Film ISO 400, 35mm, 36 Exposures

8. Archival Storage Sheets for 35mm Negatives 7 strips, 25 pack
Archival Storage Sheets 35-7B25 for 35mm Film Negatives 7 Strips 25 Pack

9. VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography by David duChemim
inspirational book on making the transition to taking your photography to another level
VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography

10. Moleskine Ruled Notebook Pocket
Great for recording notes, sketches, observations and as a reporter's notebook.
Moleskine Ruled Notebook Pocket


  1. I will surely check out that Street Photography Now book. Thanks for the list!

  2. I was talking to Markus Hartel on the phone the other day and we spoke of you.. Markus is in that Street Photography Now book..