Stephen McLaren, editor of Magnum Streetwise, is a freelance photographer, author, curator, former TV Producer and aspiring script writer. Born and raised in Scotland, he now resides in Los Angles, California. In addition to being a very talented writer Stephen is also a highly accomplished street photographer himself. Some of his personal street photography is displayed in this article.
Magnum Streetwise is a collaboration between Stephen, his publisher, Thames & Hudson and the photographers at Magnum.
Throughout this project Stephen worked closely with over 40 Magnum photographers like Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, and Richard Kalvar to select images from their vast portfolios for the book. During these conversations he captured their stories and picked up tips to refine his own style.
More than a book about the street photography of these legendary photographers, it’s also a history of Magnum itself. It’s big, it’s meaty, it’s full amazing photographs, but more important it’s full of stories from these legendary about how they work and think.
Magnum Streetwise is a must have for anyone serious about street photography.
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A selection of Stephen’s street photos