STREET ART PHOTOGRAPHY/URBAN ART AND GRAFFITI

A Listmania! list by Mark Johns (USA)
The list author says: "This list combines both titles from the past with contemporary visions - it includes artist-photographers that focus on the urban landscape and street/graffiti artists..

Many titles appear on the subject of graffiti but, unfortunately, most books on the topic are presented in a small (paperback) format and often as a “collage” – groupings of small images that represent collective thought but some books are outstanding.

Also see my other list BEST URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY/ART BOOKS.

These art/photo books are not in a particular order… enjoy!"
Faile: Prints + Originals, 1999-2009
1.  Faile: Prints + Originals, 1999-2009 by Faile
The list author says:
  "A great range of images- design of the book is slightly disappointing but still the title is recommended...."
Used & New from: $150.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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28 Millimeters: JR
2.  28 Millimeters: JR by JR
The list author says:
  "The work of street artist JR is well-documented in the nicely designed publication... I am not a fan of matte paper without spot vanishing but the images are stunning regardless. Highly recommended!"
Used & New from: $299.98

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Barry Mcgee
3.  Barry Mcgee by Patrizio Bertelli
The list author says:
  "One of the first street artists to receive museum/gallery attention post-Basquiat, but the book is too small... until a better option is published, this is the best title on McGee."
Used & New from: $49.95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Swoon
4.  Swoon by Swoon (Graffiti artist)
The list author says:
  "Okay, it's better than her first book but Swoon deserves a serious hardcover book... still, I recommend this title."
$25.84   Used & New from: $3.77
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Blek le Rat (Street Graphics / Street Art)
5.  Blek le Rat (Street Graphics / Street Art) by Sybille Prou
The list author says:
  "A small format paperback featuring hundreds of images - many full page plates. I highly recommend this title by one of the greatest street artists having worked since 1981."
Used & New from: $1.31
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Wall and Piece
6.  Wall and Piece by Banksy
The list author says:
  "Banksy is certainly one of the most creative street artists. A great book but another one will likely come along soon on this successful artist."
$13.44   Used & New from: $2.22
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

Urban Art Photography
7.  Urban Art Photography by Jürgen Große
The list author says:
  "Large-format urban photography book - great images from Berlin. Highly recommended."
$59.40   Used & New from: $29.89
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents
8.  Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents by Tristan Manco
The list author says:
  "The next two titles are currently the best "survey" books on graffiti..."
Used & New from: $6.15
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents
9.  Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents by Nicholas Ganz
The list author says:
  "excellent second book printed after Graffiti World!"
$25.84   Used & New from: $4.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Street World: Urban Art and Culture from Five Continents
10.  Street World: Urban Art and Culture from Five Continents by Roger Gastman
The list author says:
  "This hardcover title is quite interesting with a broader vision..."
$27.00   Used & New from: $5.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Bruce Davidson: Subway
11.  Bruce Davidson: Subway by Bruce Davidson
The list author says:
  "A powerful example of urban photography - Davidson is one of the best photographers of the subject and this title is outstanding."
Used & New from: $95.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Chaos
12.  Chaos by Josef Koudelka
The list author says:
  "Only half of the images are urban but a stunning example of black-and-white photography - one of my favorite books. Oversized publication making the images more striking."
$53.33   Used & New from: $41.59
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City
13.  City of Darkness: Life In Kowloon Walled City by Greg Girard
The list author says:
  "One of my favorite books of all time - a document of a place that no longer exists... if you like urban images - buy this one."
Used & New from: $400.00
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Aaron Siskind 100
14.  Aaron Siskind 100 by Aaron Siskind
The list author says:
  "A great title by an American master of urban subjects - Siskind is one of my favorite black-and-white photographers and certainly one of the best urban photographers... highly recommended and still at a great price."
Used & New from: $104.50

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Swoon
15.  Swoon by Swoon (Graffiti artist)
The list author says:
  "Disappointed in the quality of the printing but greatly appreciate her work... regardless, I like this title... a new book is being published soon."
$22.50   Used & New from: $11.37
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Complete Works of Daido Moriyama: 4 Volumes (1964-2003)
16.  The Complete Works of Daido Moriyama: 4 Volumes (1964-2003) by Daido Moriyama
The list author says:
  "Okay, this listing is very expensive but Daido's work is possibly the best when considering all photographers that focus on the urban landscape. This title will only go up in price, however, if the price is too scary, then, I recommend any book by this artist if you do not currently own one."
Used & New from: $1,800.00

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Freight Train Graffiti
17.  Freight Train Graffiti by Roger Gastman
The list author says:
  "Of all the small paperback books on graffiti (I own nearly all of them), I do really like this one..."
$23.66   Used & New from: $6.95
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

OBEY: Supply & Demand - The Art of Shepard Fairey - 20th Anniversary Edition
18.  OBEY: Supply & Demand - The Art of Shepard Fairey - 20th Anniversary Edition by Shepard Fairey
The list author says:
  "The monumental Fairey book is impressive with a broad range of plates and smartly designed... recommended!"
$40.01   Used & New from: $28.36
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art (Street Graphics / Street Art)
19.  Sticker City: Paper Graffiti Art (Street Graphics / Street Art) by Claudia Walde
The list author says:
  "I replaced Stencil Pirates with this title because it is better designed and with more color images."
Used & New from: $0.62
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia
20.  Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia by Kirk Pedersen
The list author says:
  "A book about Pedersen's wanderings through many Asian cities - surprising images and high production standards - a great title entirely focused on the urban landscape."
$35.35   Used & New from: $30.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
21.  Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC by James T. Murray
The list author says:
  "A comprehensive collection of New York graffiti - one of the best books on the topic."
Used & New from: $11.56
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Phil Frost
22.  Phil Frost by Pushead
The list author says:
  "If you like Frost's work than this title is for you - it is an interesting book even if you do not know his work but appreciate street art."
Used & New from: $9.78
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art
23.  Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community, and Art by Russell Howze
The list author says:
  "Love the cover - a small paperback but still rewarding."
$18.98   Used & New from: $7.51
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Helen Levitt
24.  Helen Levitt by Helen Levitt
The list author says:
  "A Helen Levitt classic - this is her best title."
$41.12   Used & New from: $30.39
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Alex Webb: Istanbul
25.  Alex Webb: Istanbul by Alex Webb
The list author says:
  "A remakable title with a broad range of subjects and points of view... recommended!"
Used & New from: $145.00
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Action Painting: Bringing Art to the Trains
26.  Action Painting: Bringing Art to the Trains by Kristian Kutschera
The list author says:
  "Some great captures in this book and well designed - I am a little disappointed in the reproduction quality, however, this book is recommended."
Used & New from: $10.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo
27.  Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo by Annice Jacoby
The list author says:
  "A great subject but a cluttered and over-designed book.... i added it to my list because I feel some viewers will appreciate the title."
$27.50   Used & New from: $3.56
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Untitled.: Street Art in the Counter Culture
28.  Untitled.: Street Art in the Counter Culture by Gary Shove
The list author says:
  "One of the best books on the subject - hardcover with great plates by artists from around the world."
$23.76   Used & New from: $14.93
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition
29.  Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition by Martha Cooper
The list author says:
  "A huge hardcover book with some great photos... recommended. However, not recommended is SENTO: THE FANTASTIC PARTNERS as it is too small and with poor reproductions."
Used & New from: $9.53
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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