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Joel meyerowitz


Photographer - The exhibition on the beach

Joel Meyerowitz, born March 6, 1938, is a street, portrait and landscape photographer. He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate for the use of color when there was significant resistance against it as an art. In 1962, inspired by watching Robert Frank work, Meyerowitz left his post as artistic director in an advertising agency and took to the streets of New York with a thirty-five millimeter camera and Colors film.

Garry Wino-grand, Tony Ray-Jones, Lee Friedlander, Tod Papageorge and Diane Arbus were also there, photographing at the same time. The fleeting moments of street life in New York City and other American cities that Meyerowitz captured are some of the oldest and most well-known examples of color street photography. Many of his images are icons of modern photography and have made him one of the most influential modern photographers and representative of the 'new color photography' of the 1960s and 1970s. Meyerowitz photographed the sequel to the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and was the only photographer allowed unrestricted access to Ground Zero immediately after the tragedy. This resulted in his book Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive (ed. Payot). His work is in the collections of MoMA, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate and many other museums and has been featured in over four hundred exhibitions around the world. Joel Meyerowitz is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York.