I finished reading +Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid-This book is a free glimpse into the passion and lifestyle woven into the fabric of Street Photography. I liked it very much. It focuses on the the raw and communal approach to street photography that I have experienced first hand co-organizing the G+ photowalks in NY with +Chris Gachot and +Leanne Staples. Thomas’s book isn’t so much a “how-to” book on the genre. It’s more a “Go ahead and just do it. You know you want to” book.
Thomas takes a comprehensive approach to the art of taking the photo and more importantly how to share an distribute the images you have captured. I believe the book is completed pre-dates G+ and the phenomena it has become. Nevertheless it is applicable in every sense.
Personally, I have been a student of every type of photography. Rick Sammon says it best. “I specialize in not specializing” he says. I like all types of photography, true. Street photography has become to me what Jazz is to music (in my opinion). Soulful, deep, emotional, and rooted in to the pulse of society. Jazz is not a genre to become a rich musician, but, when you are good at it, you can become legendary. Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid is his sheet music to a composition of work that deserves applause.
Going Candid merits being published, but, it wouldn’t be in line with the concepts some Street Photographer share. Its not done for money. Download this book if you are interested in shooting street, or have anxiety about shooting in public, or want another perspective of a really good photographer.