Master photographer Joel Meyerowitz offers a few pearls of wisdom on how to make photographs that are more than mere copies of reality, that transcend to something ephemeral, moving, magnetic:

“When you put the frame up to your eye, the world continues outside the frame. So what you put in and what you leave out are what determines the meaning or potential of your photograph. But you must continue to keep in mind that there’s plenty of stuff going on off-stage and [think about] what bearing the rest of the stuff off-stage have…”

“My interest is not in the singular thing but photographing the relationship between things.”


Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted by Phaidon Press in conjunction with the release of Taking My Time, a definitive retrospective of the artist’s work.