The pioneering street photographer who reshaped the use of color recounts the story of his life and career
In 1962, Joel Meyerowitz started capturing life on the streets of New York; since then, he has travelled with his camera throughout North America, Europe, and beyond. In his new book Meyerowitz collaborates with historian and photographer Lorenzo Braca to provide an inside look at his illustrious life and work. The Pleasure of Seeing (Damiani, 2023) skips back and forth between the histories of many of Meyerowitz’s well-known images, the importance of the visual image, and technical information on lenses, printing, and film.
In this photography video, Meyerowitz and Braca discuss The Pleasure of Seeing and Meyerowitz’s legendary career, and share some of the 100+ images from the book, everything from iconic photographs to previously unpublished images.
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About the speakers
Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Celebrated as a pioneer of color photography beginning in 1962, he is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and a recipient of The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal. He was the only photographer allowed inside Ground Zero where he worked for 9 months creating the history of the monumental recovery efforts. He has published 46 books. Joel Meyerowitz is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, Polka Galerie in Paris and Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London. Meyerowitz lives and works in New York and London.
Lorenzo Braca, Ph.D. is an Italian historian and photographer who has published widely on the literature, the mentality, and the imagination of the late Middle Ages. He is currently working for the Catholic University of Milan and for the University of Poznań. As a photographer, his work is oriented primarily towards the urban environment and its evolution. Braca’s photographs have been exhibited in various collective shows, and in 2021 he had his first solo exhibition.