He was born in New York in 1938 and began photographing in 1962.
Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in … Aperture brings us a reprinting of one of color landscape photography’s classic publications, Cape Light by Joel Meyerowitz (originally published 1978). Seascapes, night shots and portraits. As a native of New York, Meyerowitz had been especially affected by the 9/11 attacks, and was the only photographer granted unrestricted access to Ground Zero. Award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz is one of the most highly regarded photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. In order to capture the essential quality of the light on the Cape, Meyerowitz needed to feel part of the landscape. Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. His best-selling (with over some 100,000 copies sold) 1978 book Cape Light became in fact a benchmark text for the artistic possibilities of large plate color photography. For his Cape Light "vacation" series, Meyerowitz's produced a series of tranquil, reflective (some might even say nostalgic) color photographs taken in and around Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the "joyous and feverish" summers of 1976 and 1977. Madison Avenue and 60th Street (1976) is a noteworthy example of his work and style. Cape Light , Joel Meyerowitz's series of serene and contemplative color photographs taken on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, quickly became one of the most influential and popular photobooks in the latter part of the 20th century after its publication in 1978, breaking new ground both for color photography and for the medium's acceptance in the art world. Critics consider Joel Meyerowitz a pioneer in the color approach to the street photography genre; his book and series Cape Light (1978) is widely regarded as a testament to this and the book is considered one of the most influential photography books of the latter part of the twentieth century. St Louis & the Arch (1981) A Summer's Day (1985) Wild Flowers (1986) The Arch (1988) Années 1990. On the Cape Meyerowitz became a mediator of sensorial detail, selecting from total experience in order to distil a simplicity of form from the mass of information. Joel Meyerowitz was already a renowned New York street photographer in 1976 when he decided to trade his 35mm for an 8-by-10 large-format camera and try photographing on Cape Cod… In order to capture the essential quality of the light on the Cape, Meyerowitz needed to feel part of the landscape. Currently, Meyerowitz works exclusively in color.
Published in 1978, Cape Light broke new ground for color photography and helped elevate color photography to the status of "art". Share Joel’s journey to Cape Cod as he talks in detail about his famous book Cape Light and some of his most beautiful images. On the Cape Meyerowitz became a mediator of sensorial detail, selecting from total experience in order to distil a simplicity of form from the mass of information. The collection is widely regarded as a classic collection of early colour photographs, yet at the time Joel says he wasn't giving much thought to the images' reception.