23rd May – 24th June 2017
A new exhibition of work by Joel Meyerowitz at Beetles+Huxley, including rarely seen black and white photographs from Meyerowitz’s early career. The exhibition highlights the photographer’s seminal street photography – tracing his gradual move from using both black and white and colour film to a focus on pure colour, over the course of two decades.
The exhibition features bodies of work made by Meyerowitz between 1963 and 1978, from his very early days shooting in black and white on the streets of New York alongside Garry Winogrand and Tony Ray-Jones, to the year he published his first book, Cape Light. This period was vital for Meyerowitz as he began to question the medium of photography itself, engaging in an aesthetic exploration of both form and composition. He moved away from what he describes as the ‘caught moment’ toward a more non-hierarchical image in which everything in the image, including the colour, plays an equal, vital role. These intricately structured images, which Meyerowitz calls ‘field photographs’, marked a seismic shift in the history of photography.
Joel Meyerowitz: Towards Colour 1962-1978 is presented in association with Leica, one of the world’s most famous camera makers. As a famous Leica user, Meyerowitz joined the Leica Hall of Fame in January 2017.