Joel Meyerowitz

American, born 1938

About

Joel Meyerowitz

American, born 1938


Joel Meyerowitz is one of the earliest advocates and successful practitioners of color photography, setting a precedent for contemporary artists who readily acknowledge his influence. He is among a select few who have been instrumental in changing an attitude of resistance regarding the making and collecting of color photography to one of nearly universal acceptance.

Starting out as a street photographer, Meyerowitz transitioned to an 8×10 in. view camera in the late 1970s, embracing a slow, deliberate approach in making each image. His photographs reveal languid American vistas, imbued with an evocative radiance. Through his projects, he explores the aesthetic of landscape, and the phenomena of patterns within nature–a meeting place of the banal and the mystical.

Joel Meyerowitz is a Guggenheim fellow and the recipient of both NEA and NEH awards. His work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, including the 8th Venice Biennale for Architecture where Meyerowitz represented the United States with his photographs from the World Trade Center Archives. His first book, Cape Light, is considered a classic work of color photography, and he is the author of 14 other books. Meyerowitz’s work is included in various collections including: The Amon Carter Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the George Eastman House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art among others.