‘Out of Darkness: Joel Meyerowitz’ opens at Photo España 2019

Joel Meyerowitz

The photographs included in Joel Meyerowitz’s most recent publication, Out of the Darkness: Six months in Andalusia 1966-1967 – published by La Fabrica in 2018 – are the subject of a new exhibition at this year’s Photo España. The exhibition includes 98 photographs from the Colección Per Amor a l‘Art, and document the photographer’s time working in Spain, predominantly Malaga, during the mid-1960s.

Made during the photographer’s late 20s, the body of work created over six months in Spain documents the photographer’s first period of travel outside of the United States, and the first time that Meyerowitz was on his own as a photographer, having previously shot with Garry Winogrand, Tony Ray-Jones or Tod Papageorge. The photographs, shot both in colour and in black and white, also represent a period of diverse experimentation prior to the photographer’s decision to focus exclusively on the colour work for which he is best-known.

Images captured on Meyerowitz’s wider European tour, which began in the United Kingdom in 1966 and ended in Italy in 1967, gained prominence the following year in My European Trip – his first exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Despite reflecting the difficult social, cultural and political situation in post-war Europe – in Malaga specifically marked by the dictatorship in Francoist Spain – the work nonetheless embodies Meyerowitz’s unparalleled ability to capture understated humour in the everyday.

Joel Meyerowitz: Out of Darkness has been curated by Nuria Enguita, Miguel López-Remiro and Vicente Todolí, and runs through 31st July at Casa de América, Calle Marqués del Duero, Madrid. Photo España 2019 is the twenty-second iteration of the international festival of photography and visual arts, and continues through 1st September.

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