All true, Dave, but I'd guess Westerbrook did the bulk of the writing and Joel probably was central to the photo picks for the book. In any case, for anyone interested in street photography it's required reading.
Hi Russ, I am sure it is a good read, but 'street' is really not my thing, so I don't suppose I will be trying to buy a copy any day soon, although in saying that, I am sure I would very much enjoy reading it if ever I did get my hands on a copy.
I have tried street in the past and enjoyed it very much, even though I now realise it is not my thing, but what I do find a problem with street photography currently, is the same as can be said of all photo genres that become fashionable (as surely street now is), is that the good stuff is still as rare to find as hens teeth, but the dross produced (because it must be street if I shot it on the street - right?) goes up exponentially.
And I am afraid I have to say that Joel's work goes into that category for me, because just shoving your old Leica into someone’s face and half way up their nose, does not make art as far as I am concerned - he also has to spend a lot of time explaining his work, which again gets a thumbs down from me.
But hey, whatever floats your boat as the saying goes..
However your girl in the chalk circle you posted here some time ago, is still as good a street shot as I have ever seen and right up there with the best in my opinion.