Table of Contents Background.. 3 - 6 Street Photography.. 7 - 8
A Change In Direction.. 9 - 10 9/11 and Aftermath.. 11 12 Awards..
13 Keeping Tabs 14 Resources... 15
Meyerowitz was born in 1932. As an adult, he worked as an art
director in New York City. However, he always wanted something
more. One day, he received an assignment to shadow photographer
Meyerowitz watched Frank weaving around the room and was
entranced. He knew that this is what he wanted to do. He didnt
return to the office that day. He had found that photagrophy was
The early 60s mostly frowned upon color photographs, but
Meyerowitz was an advocate from the moment he picked up a camera.
His favored genre was street photography. He loved watching the
flow of the street life.
Meyerowitz began with a philosophy. His goal was to avoid any
commercialized work for fear of narrowing his focus too much.
Meyerowitz wanted to put the entire world in his camera. Starting
with the streets.
What is street photography? Its the art of capturing any special
event or moment in the street, as it happens. No photo is staged.
This is achieved by a special kind of premonition of when to take
Street Photography (cont.)
This is one of Meyerowitzs most popular photos, and the perfect
example of street photography. Every person in this picture is
moving. There is no stop to the action of the street, even to help
the fallen man.
A Change in Direction
In 1976, Meyerowitz bought a new camera (an 8 x 10) and a tripod
to improve his pictures. He spent the summer with his family at
Cape Cod. This setting is as radically different from the streets
of New York as possible.
A Change in Direction
Meyerowitz was proud enough of his work to release a book
compilation, Cape Cod. This was his first book, and is still
considered a classic work of color photography. It has sold more
than 100,000 copies universally.
9/11 and Aftermath
Just days after 9/11, Meyerowitz was invited to Ground Zero to
archive the destruction of the World Trade Center and the recovery
work on site. He was the only photographer allowed unrestricted
access to Ground Zero.
9/11 and Aftermath (cont.)
After his time at Ground Zero, Meyerowitz had compiled over
8,000 images in his World Trade Center Archive. The U.S. Department
of State put on 35 exhibitions of this archive around the globe,
with over 4 million viewers.
Guggenheim Fellow (2 time recipient) National Endowment for the
Arts award National Endowment for the Humanities award Deutscher
Fotobuchpreis (German photobook prize)
Joel is still active today. You can keep up with him on
Facebook, Twitter, or his website (joelmeyerowitz.com)
Resources "Joel Meyerowitz." Edelman Gallery. Edelman Gallery,
n.d. Web. 6 Jul 2012. . "Joel Meyerowitz Biography." iN-PUBLiC.
iN-PUBLiC, n.d. Web. 6 Jul 2012. JoelMeyerowitz.com. N.p., n.d.
Web. 6 Jul 2012. . Gluek, Grace. "ART IN REVIEW; Joel Meyerowitz."
nytimes.com. The New York Times, 2000. Web. 6 Jul 2012. .