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October 2, 2006
New York City, 1975. © Joel Meyerowitz. Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, NY
A new exhibition in Paris takes a close look at a critical decade in the creative development of American photographer Joel Meyerowitz. The photographer, who was one of the pioneers of color photography as a legitimate form of expression, shifted in this decade from using a handheld 35mm camera for on-the-run street photography (he often even shot out of moving cars), to using an 8x10 camera. The evolution is quite evident and appreciable in this exhibition of about 120 images from that decade.
We had an opportunity to talk in person to discuss his work, so look for an edited version of that wide-ranging conversation here in a week or so. In the meantime, here's a preview from the show, with some interesting comments by Meyerowitz himself.
His personal website, www.joelmeyerowitz.com, also has a wealth of information, including links to audio and video interviews, and an overview of his documentation of the aftermath of 9/11.