Street photography is a genre that relies on chance encounters in public places.

For more than sixty years photographers at the world famous agency Magnum Photos have excelled in this genre, capturing iconic moments of daily life. Often candid or quirky, poignant or humorous, their images provide a compelling view of street life throughout the world.

A new collection of this work, Magnum Streetwise, brings together over 300 photographs drawn from an extensive archive by the curator Stephen McLaren.

Here is a selection of images from the book.

Streetscene, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Image copyright
Nikos Economopoulos/Magnum Photos

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 2012

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Tourists on beach in Abkhazia, GeorgiaImage copyright
Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos

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Abkhazia, Georgia. 2005

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Boy pushing a pram. Wales 1965Image copyright
Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

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Cymcarn, Wales. 1965

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Workers unload sharks from vans at the Dubai Fish Market. 2013Image copyright
Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos

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Dubai Fish Market. 2013

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Boy in a car with a broken windowImage copyright
Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos

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Colorado., USA. 1955

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Girl on the metro. TokyoImage copyright
Gueorgui Pinkhassov/Magnum Photos

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The new metro, Tokyo, Japan. 1996

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Men carrying a television in the streetImage copyright
Abbas/Magnum Photos

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Mexico City. 1983

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Woman with umbrella using a street crossing in Yerevan, ArmeniaImage copyright
Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

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Yerevan, Armenia. 2014

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Magnum Streetwise is published by Thames & Hudson.

source: bbc.com

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