I’m not crazy about the term “street photography” to describe what I do, because it’s not necessarily done on the street. The pictures can be taken on a farm, at the zoo, in an office, and so on. Let’s say we consider the general category of “unposed pictures of people” (or sometimes animals or even inanimate objects when they happen to be possessed by human souls), and then the subcategory “with nothing particularly important going on.” If we further narrow it down to the “play” sub-subcategory, we get into the domain I’ve worked in for forty years. That’s wha…
Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Born in New York in 1938, he began photographing in 1962, becoming a “street photographer” in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. However, Meyerowitz works exclusively in colour.
As an early (mid-60s) advocate of colour photography, Meyerowitz was instrumental in transforming a general resistance to colour film into an almost universal acceptance. His first book, Cape Light, is considered a classic of colour photography and …
The equation is a simple one: streets = people. And it is people’s behaviour that most interests me: actions, reactions and interactions; emotions, body language, eccentricities, humour – and those rare moments of visual surrealism that can make one’s day.
My approach has not differed whether I have been on assignment as a photo-journalist or pursuing a personal project. The values for me are the same: a mix of humanism and aesthetics.
“To say that he flourishes at the top in the Mount Olympus of New York photography is saying a great deal. He is right up there with the amazing heights of photographic history itself. He’s more abstract than many, he’s more constructive than several but he’s also more soulful than a great many.”
Max Kozloff (Art Historian)
Saul Leiter’s ground-breaking work in photography and painting is only now receiving the international recognition it deserves. Born in Pittsburgh in 1923, Saul Leiter was the son of a distinguished Talmudic rabbi. Leiter’s interest in art began …