In practice, street photography should be easy enough: you have a populated street, you have a camera. Point. Click. Done. But it’s not always that easy. And Thailand-born photographer and graphic designer Patr Srisook’s Street Level gets to the heart of what makes good street photography work. It’s a beautifully designed, marvelously detailed exploration of the art and practice of street photography.
Srisook takes readers through every step, from aesthetic to execution. What he manages to do so well is to give form to an art that is so seemingly spontaneous. And he does it with incredible attention to visual detail, from the design to the photography itself. Srisook illustrates the book with his own photographs from his travels and the streets of his newly adopted home of Birmingham, UK.
Srisook’s book includes a “Survival Guide” covering UK laws, as many street photographers in UK cities often have to contend with over-zealous police and security personnel. It’s a topic we’ve discussed before, and which is covered rather brilliantly in this video from the London Street Photography Festival.