Joel Meyerowitz is one of the pioneers of colour photography, as well as an essential reference figure for street photography, large-format photography, and portraits. His first biography offers a look behind the scenes of the life and career of one of America’s photographic living legends.
In conversation with historian and photographer Lorenzo Braca, Meyerowitz speaks vividly about his beginnings, studying art history, meeting Robert Frank, photographing on the streets of New York City with Tony Ray-Jones and Garry Winogrand, travelling extensively across America and Europe, learning from John Szarkowski, director of photography at MoMA, working on numerous exhibitions and publications, photographing at Ground Zero in 2001 and 2002, and about the most recent still life and self-portrait projects.
The book contains around 150 pictures, including the 85-year-old’s most iconic photographs as well as new and previously unpublished material. This comprehensive visual biography testifies to the author’s continuing evolution throughout the six decades of his career and discusses his work in relation to his personal life, to the history of photography, and to the incessant transformation of the medium. Meyerowitz reveals anecdotes, personal memories, and the story behind many of his famous photographs.
The Pleasure of Seeing: Conversations with Joel Meyerowitz on sixty years in the life of photography is published by Damiani, £55.