Bystander: A History of Street Photography
by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz
Laurence King Publishing, $92, 400 pages, hardcover
Bystander: A History of Street Photography is an in-depth history of the genre from the late 1800s to the present. Originally published in 1994, this revised and expanded edition now includes discussion of contemporary photography and an updated design. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Bystander, with its 310 illustrations and extensive texts on the genre’s various eras and artists, offers plenty of material to chew on. Focusing on the many masters as well as some lesser-known photographers who have influenced the field, this attractive large-format book is the ultimate reference on the history of street photography.
The Big Lift: Redecking the Macdonald Bridge
by Dale Wilson
Halifax Harbour Bridges, 96 pages, $29.95
Dale Wilson was the official photographer for the monumental project of redecking the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge, and this book is the culmination of this long-term photo project. For more information about the experience, check out Dale Wilson’s article, “The Big Lift: Stepping on Deck to Communucate a Client’s Wishes” in the October/November 2017 issue (print subscribers have free access to past issues in our digital archives), and to order the book, call the Halifax Harbour Bridges MacPass Office at 902-463-3100.
by Jo-Anne McArthur
Lantern Books, $35, 208 pages, softcover
In her newest book, Captive, Joanne McArthur has again used her photography to speak out for the protection of animals. Her haunting images examine the relationship between humans and animals in captivity and raise questions about the ethics of keeping animals in captivity.
The Long Night of Mégantic
by Michel Huneault
Schilt Publishing, $50, 152 pages, hardcover (bilingual)
At 1:15 a.m. on July 6, 2013, 47 of the 6000 residents of Lac-Mégantic were killed when a train transporting shale oil derailed and exploded in the centre of the town. The news made headlines around the world, and photographer Michel Huneault arrived on the site that evening, along with several of his colleagues. Unlike the others, Huneault returned regularly over the following year, not once, not twice, but thirteen times. During these visits, the photographer documented the effect this tragedy had on the town and its residents. The resulting visual narrative on loss poignantly brings together images and the words of those who live with the grief of this apocalyptic night. The afterward was sensitively written by Laurence Butet-Roch, a Photo Life collaborator.
Yes Yes We’re Magicians
by Jonah Samson
Raincoast Books, $35, 112 pages, hardcover
Nostalgia? Surrealism? A little of both? Whatever it is, we loved looking at this photo book of vintage, anonymous images that artist Jonah Samson found and collected on eBay.
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