Joel Meyerowitz 1981 Film

In-public have great pleasure in being able to bring you a documentary about our friend and mentor, New York Street Photographer, Joel Meyerowitz. Filmed in 1981 and never before made public, the film follows Joel Meyerowitz on the streets of New York accompanied by the curator and writer Colin Westerbeck. The film gives an insight in to Joel’s approach to the street and a glimpse of his working methods including the small 35mm Leica and the large plate camera.

Created by Robert Gilberg, the film was intended to be the first of a series about ‘American Photographers’ but was never taken up by a TV network at the time. The original tapes re emerged after Gilberg’s death 30 years later.

Joel Meyerowitz is the patron of the Format International Photography Festival this year, at a time when a whole new generation of Street Photographers are finding inspiration in his work. We would like to thank him for his friendship, support and generosity in allowing us to publish this historic film.

You can see more on Joel’s website.



In-Public was set up in 2000 to provide a home for Street Photographers.

Our aim is to promote Street Photography and to continue to explore its possibilities, we are a non commercial collective. All the photographers featured here have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday and to capture the moment. The pictures remind us that, if we let it, over-familiarity can make us blind to what’s really going on in the world around us.

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