Urban Narratives

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This is an ‘Urban Narratives’ resource list, including many references that have influenced my work, for the University of Leeds COMM5801 Module.

The list includes historical, travel, reportage and street photography. It is by necessity rather eclectic, and I have focused more on relatively ‘new’ work although some of the historical greats must be included. I have divided the list into somewhat arbitrary subheadings – history & reportage, travel & culture, and street photography. The books are in my library, published in the last few years, and the web links are current.

I have deliberately not listed, for example, ‘historical conflict photographers’ even though they are very important to the history of  journalism in particular. I have focused more on photographers whose work is indicative of everyday urban life. Subjects like ‘ethnography’ are also important, though only covered briefly here. There is also a little overlap with the Contemporary Documentary resource list.

I would be very happy to have any suggestions for other photographers to study.


Dave Heath. 1961. Washington Square.


AGEE, James & EVANS, Walker. 1941. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. 2006 Edition. London: Penguin.

ANKELE, Daniel. 2011. Adam Clark Vroman: 80+ Native American Indian Photographs. Kindle. California: Ankele Publishing.

ARBUS, Diane. 2003. Revelations. 2015 Reprint. London: Jonathan Cape.

BEY, Dawoud. 2020. Two American Projects. San Francisco: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

BOWN, Jane. 2015. A Lifetime of Looking. London: Guardian Books.

CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri.1952. The Decisive Moment. 2014 Ed. Göttingen: Steidl.

CHAPMAN, Chris. 2000. Wild Goose & Riddon. Tiverton: Halsgrove.

CURTIS, Edward S. 2019. The North America Indian. Köln: Taschen.

EGGLESTON, William & NEMEROV, Alexander. 2016. William Eggleston: The Democratic Forest – Selected Works. New York: David Zwirner.

EVANS, Walker. 2007. Walker Evans. Robert Delphire, Series Editor. Photofile. London: Thames & Hudson.

EVANS, Walker. 2012. American Photographs: Anniversary Edition. New York: Museum of Modern Art.

GAUTRAND, Jean Claude (Ed.). 2016. Eugène Atget, Paris. Köln: Taschen.

GÜLER, Ara. 2009. Ara Güler’s Istanbul. London: Thames & Hudson.

HEATH, Dave. 2018. Dialogues with Solitudes. Paris: Le Bal / Steidl.

KERTÉSZ, André. 2007. André Kertész. Robert Delphire, Series Editor. Photofile. London: Thames & Hudson.

KILLIP, Chris. 1988. In Flagrante Two. 2nd Edition 2015. Göttingen: Steidl.

KILLIP, Chris. 2011. Seacoal. 2015 Edition. Göttingen: Steidl.

LEVITT, Helen. 2019. Ways of Seeing. Essay by James Agee (1946). Salt Lake City: Film Documents.

LIXENBERG, Dana. 2015. Imperial Courts 1993-2015. Amsterdam: Roma Books.

MARK, Mary Ellen. 2015. On the Portrait and the Moment.New York: Aperture.

MEADOWS, Daniel. 2019. Now and Then England 1970-2015. Oxford: Bodleian Library.

MEYEROWITZ, Joel. 2018. Where I find Myself: A Lifetime Retrospective. London: Laurence King.

MILLER, Wayne. 2000. Chicago’s South Side 1946 -1948. Berkeley: University of California Press.

MURTHA, Tish. 2018. Youth Unemployment. Liverpool: Bluecoat Press.

PARDO, Alona & PARR, Martin. 2016. Strange and Familiar. Barbican. London: Prestel.

PINCKERS, Max. 2017. Red Ink. Ghent: Max Pinckers.

RUSCHA, Ed. 1963. Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations. National Excelsior Press.

SHORE, Stephen. 2017. Selected Works 1973-1981. New York: Aperture.

SMITH, W. Eugene. 2013. The Big Book. Austin: University of Texas Press.

SOTH, Alec. 2014. Songbook. London: Mack Books.

SOUTHAM, Jem. 2018. The Moth. London: Mack Books.

SPENDER, Stephen & HOCKNEY, David. 1982. China Diary. London: Thames & Hudson.

VROMAN, Adam Clark. 1961. Photographer of the Southwest. Ruth I. Mahood (Editor). Los Angeles: Ward Ritchie Press.

WEBB, Alex. 2011. The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs of Alex Webb. London: Thames & Hudson.

WESTERBECK, Colin. 2018. Vivian Maier: The Colour Work. New York: Harper Collins.

ZHENG, Liu. 2004. The Chinese. Göttingen: Steidl.


Mick Yates. 1975. Steps of Sacré Coeur. 


GAUTRAND, Jean Claude (Ed.). 2014. Paris: Portrait d’une Ville. Köln: Taschen.

GOLDEN, Reuel. 2012. London: Portrait of a City. Köln: Taschen.


Daido Moriyama. 2002. Shinjuku.


BIALOBRZESKI, Peter.2020. Give My Regards To Elizabeth. Stockport: Dewi Lewis.

BULMER, John. 2012. The North. 2020 Edition. Bluecoat Press.

BUTTURINI, Gian. 1969. London. Martin Parr, Editor, 2017 Edition. Bologna: Damiani.

DYER, Geoff. The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand. Austin; University of Texas.

LEE, Sarah & BARTON, Laura. 2019. West of West. London: Unbound.

MORIYAMA, Daido. 1972. Farewell Photography. 2019 Edition. Limited edition 551 / 1000. Tokyo: Bookshop M, Getsuyosha.

MORIYAMA, Daido. 2010. The World Through My Eyes. Milan: Skira.

MORIYAMA, Daido. 2010. Memories of a Dog. Arizona: Nazraeli Press.

MORIYAMA, Daido. 2016. Daido Tokyo. New York: Thames & Hudson.

MORIYAMA, Daido. 2017. Record. London: Thames & Hudson.

MORIYAMA, Daido & NAKAMATO, Takeshi. 2010. How I Take Photographs. 2019 Edition. London: Laurence King.

TURNLEY, Peter. 2020. A New York – Paris Visual Diary: The Human Face of Covid-19. Mesa: Images of Life.

TURPIN, Nick. 2017. On The Night Bus. London: Hoxton Mini Press.

WEEGEE (Arthur Fellig). 2019. Naked City. Bologna: Damiani.

WESTERBECK, Colin & MEYEROWITZ, Joel. 2017. Bystander. London: Laurence King Publishing.


Mick Yates. 1975. Istanbul.


ONES, Stacey Holman, ADAMS, Tony E., & ELLIS, Carolyn. 2013. Handbook of Autoethnography. Abingdon: Routledge.

PINNEY, Christopher & PETERSON, Nicolas. 2003. Photography’s Other Histories. Durham: Duke University Press.

PINNEY, Christopher. 2011. Photography and Anthropology. London: Reaktion Books.

SHORE, Stephen. 2007. The Nature of Photography. 2nd Edition. London: Phaidon Press.


Header: Mick Yates. 1970. My Home Town.

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