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Meyerowitz, Joel (1938)

After studying painting and art history, Joel Meyerowitz became a magazine art director but after observing a studio shoot, he had a revelation: ‘This photographer was moving around the room, snapping – click, click, click! – and he was cajoling the subjects – these two young girls – to keep moving, too. I was mesmerized. Robert Frank never said a word to me that day, but he affected me deeply. I walked out of there and I literally saw the world differently. Everywhere I looked, there was movement and there was color.’ Ignorant about photography and its techniques, Joel Meyerowitz established a personal almost melancholic style and decided, in the 1970s to solely use color: ‘The world was in color. It was just so obvious to me. I had no idea people were snobbish about color. To me, black and white just seemed back there, historical.’ The incarnation of the All-American photographer, he was the only one admitted on the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks: quite a poignant symbol.
 

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Joel Meyerowitz, At Ballston Beach in Truro, 1977
Joel Meyerowitz, At Ballston Beach in Truro, 1977
Joel Meyerowitz, Camel Coats, 5th Avenue, New York, 1975
Joel Meyerowitz, Camel Coats, 5th Avenue, New York, 1975
Joel Meyerowitz, Cape Cod, 1981
Joel Meyerowitz, Cape Cod, 1981
Joel Meyerowitz, Flag, Provincetown, July 4, 1983
Joel Meyerowitz, Flag, Provincetown, July 4, 1983
Joel Meyerowitz, From the Car, New York State, 1973
Joel Meyerowitz, From the Car, New York State, 1973
Joel Meyerowitz, Gas Station, Truro, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, Gas Station, Truro, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, Hong Kong, 1979
Joel Meyerowitz, Hong Kong, 1979
Joel Meyerowitz, New York City, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, New York City, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, New York City, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, New York City, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, Fallen Man, Paris, 1967
Joel Meyerowitz, Fallen Man, Paris, 1967
Joel Meyerowitz, Pool, Dusk, Florida, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, Pool, Dusk, Florida, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, Roseville Cottages, Truro, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, Roseville Cottages, Truro, 1976
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled 2, Mexico, 1971
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled 2, Mexico, 1971
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled, New York, 2001
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled, New York, 2001
Joel Meyerowitz, The Elements Air / Water Part 1, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, The Elements Air / Water Part 1, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, The Strawberry Seller, 1980
Joel Meyerowitz, The Strawberry Seller, 1980
Joel Meyerowitz, Truro, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, Truro, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, Untitled, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz, Young Dancer, 34th St and 9th Ave, New York, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, Young Dancer, 34th St and 9th Ave, New York, 1978
Joel Meyerowitz, John Cale and Lou Reed of The Velvet Undeground, 5th Avenue, New York City, 1968
Joel Meyerowitz, John Cale and Lou Reed of The Velvet Undeground, 5th Avenue, New York City, 1968
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