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Joel Meyerowitz

Text from The Photography Encyclopedia

Meyerowitz, Joel
American, 1938-

American art photographer

Since the late 1970s Meyerowitz has been known for his artistic color photographs that characteristically observe the effects of light and shadow, often on a place photographed from exactly the same spot.

Born in New York City, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio State University, where he studied painting and medical illustration. He worked as a graphic designer and art director until he took up photography, having been inspired after working with Robert Frank on a photo assignment. Meyerowitz has used an 8x10 inch view camera for his color work and has produced several noteworthy books, including Cape Light (1978), St. Louis and the Arch 1 198 1), and A Summer's Day (1985). He works as a freelance commercial photographer and pursues his own interest in color photography as an art form.

Meyerowitz has received two Guggenheim fellowships (1970, 1978) and a National Endowment for the Arts grant (1978). His work has been exhibited in one man shows at Boston's Museum of Fine Art, the George Eastman House, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, all of which have acquired photographs by Meyerowitz for their permanent collections.

His film Pop about a road trip with his father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease debuted at the East Hampton Film Festival in 1998.


 


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