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21.5 – 23.6 2017

Joel Meyerowitz:Towards Colour 1962-1978

Joel Meyerowitz:Towards Colour 1962-1978

21.05 – 23.06.2017

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Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present a new exhibition of work by Joel Meyerowitz, 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.

The Works

31

1

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1963

Archival pigment print

2

Joel Meyerowitz

Paris

1967

Archival pigment print

3

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1963

Archival pigment print

4

Joel Meyerowitz

White Sands, New Mexico

1971

Archival pigment print

5

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1978

Archival pigment print

6

Joel Meyerowitz

Camel Coats, New York City

1975

Archival pigment print

7

Joel Meyerowitz

Gold Corner, New York City

1974

Archival pigment print

8

Joel Meyerowitz

Fallen Man, Paris

1967

Archival pigment print

9

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1978

Archival pigment print

10

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1973

Archival pigment print

11

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1963

Archival pigment print

12

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1976

Archival pigment print

13

Joel Meyerowitz

Mexico

1965

Archival pigment print

14

Joel Meyerowitz

Central Park, New York City

1966

Archival pigment print

15

Joel Meyerowitz

Los Angeles, California

1976

Archival pigment print

16

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1968

Archival pigment print

17

Joel Meyerowitz

New York

1968

Archival pigment print

18

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1968

Archival pigment print

19

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1976

Archival pigment print

20

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1967

Archival pigment print

21

Joel Meyerowitz

Long Island, New York

1966

Archival pigment print

22

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1967

Archival pigment print

23

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1966

Archival pigment print

24

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1967

Archival pigment print

25

Joel Meyerowitz

Ammagansett, New York

1968

Silver gelatin print

26

Joel Meyerowitz

Florida

1970

Archival pigment print

27

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1975

Archival pigment print

28

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1965

Silver gelatin print

29

Joel Meyerowitz

Anawanda Lake, New York

1970

Silver gelatin print

30

Joel Meyerowitz

New York City

1965

Silver gelatin print

31

Joel Meyerowitz

Texas

1968

Silver gelatin print

Joel Meyerowitz

Biography

Joel Meyerowitz began his career in the 1960s, photographing the streets of New York. He began using black and white film, before transitioning to using colour film to record his fleeting and surreal moments. He has stated that colour ‘describes more things…when I say description, I don’t mean mere fact and the cold accounting of things in the frame. I really mean the sensation I get from things, their surface and colour, my memory of them in other conditions as well as their connotative qualities. Colour plays itself out along a richer band of feelings, more wavelengths, more radiance, more sensation.” 

Meyerowitz formulated what he calls field photographs. He moved towards a more non-hierarchical image in which everything in the image, including the colour, played an equal, vital role. His 1976 series, Cape Light is one of the most celebrated bodies of photographic work of the twentieth century. Taken using a large-format camera, Meyerowitz’ images of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, document the coast, small towns and their inhabitants with a great sensitivity to the scale and colour of the landscape. The expansive skies and crystalline colours produced a new kind of photography – slow, meditative and experiential. Meyerowitz is also known for photographing the aftermath of the September 11 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Centre, being one of the only photographers allowed access to the site. His most recent work has turned to still life and led him to photograph the studios of Cézanne and Giorgio Morandi.

Joel Meyerowitz was born in 1938 in New York. He studied art and medical illustration at Ohio State University. Meyerowitz has published twenty-two books, including a two volume retrospective publication, Taking My Time (2013) and is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities awards and a two-time Guggenheim Fellow. His work is held in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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