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Joel Meyerowitz was born in New York in 1938.
He began photographing in 1962. He is a “street photographer” in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, although he works exclusively in color. As an early advocate of color photography (mid-60’s), Meyerowitz was instrumental in changing the attitude toward the use of color photography from one of resistance to nearly universal acceptance. His first book, Cape Light, is considered a classic work of color photography. He is the author of 14 other books, including Bystander: The History of Street Photography.

In 1998 he produced and directed his first film, POP, an intimate diary of a three-week road trip he made with his son, Sasha, and his father, Hy. This odyssey has as its central character an unpredictable, street-wise and witty 87 year-old with a failing memory. It is both an open-eyed look at aging and a meditation on the significance of memory.

Within a few days of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Meyerowitz began to create an archive of the destruction and recovery at Ground Zero and the immediate neighborhood. The World Trade Center Archive now numbers more than 8,000 images and will be available for research, exhibition, and publication at museums in New York and Washington, DC.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. State Department asked the Museum of the City of New York and Meyerowitz to create a special exhibition of images from the archive, which has traveled to more than 200 cities in 60 countries.The purpose of the exhibit was to visually relate the catastrophic destruction of the 9/11 attacks and the physical and human dimensions of the recovery effort.

The only photographer who was granted unimpeded access to Ground Zero after September 13, 2001, Meyerowitz takes a meditative stance toward the work and workers there, systematically documenting the painful work of rescue, recovery, demolition and excavation. His color photos, presented in a 30 inch x 40 inch format, succinctly convey the magnitude of the destruction and loss and the heroic nature of the response.

In addition to the traveling shows, Meyerowitz was invited to represent the United States at the 8th Venice Biennale for Architecture with his photographs from the World Trade Center Archives.

400 of Meyerowitz’s World Trade Center Archive photographs and over 100 stories are published in the book “Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive.”

Meyerowitz is a Guggenheim fellow and a recipient of both the NEA and NEH awards. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many others.


Art objects of this artist

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Madison Avenue & 60th Street, New York City, 1975
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Madison Avenue & 60th Street, New York City, 1975

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Green Van, #1 Broadway, New York City, 1976
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Green Van, #1 Broadway, New York City, 1976

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New Jersey, 1965
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New Jersey, 1965

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New York, 1965
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New York, 1965

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New York, 1974
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ New York, 1974

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ World’s Fair, New York City, 1964
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ World’s Fair, New York City, 1964

Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Wyoming, 1964
Meyerowitz, Joel ◊ Wyoming, 1964

Biography


* 1938 in New York
lives and works in New York

Awards and Fellowships

1971
Guggenheim Foundation

1974
C.A.P.S. New York State Arts Fellowship

1978
Guggenheim Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1980
National Endowment for the Humanities

1981
Photographer of the Year (Friends of Photography)

1986
Photography Book of the Year (ASMP)

1990
Photographer of the Year, Japan

1999
Best of Festival, Windy City Film Festival, for POP

Best Documentary in Humanitarian Tradition, Athens Film Festival, for POP

2001
Century Award for Lifetime Achievement (Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego)

2002
Royal Photographic Society

Honorary Fellowship, Royal Photographic Society, London, England

2003
IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Award, International Photographic Council

2006/2007
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis (für "Aftermath")


Public Collections

Albertina, Wien
Amon Carter Museum
A.T.T. Collection
Boston Museum of Fine Art
The Buhl Collection
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art
Centre Pompidou
Chicago Art Institute
George Eastman House
Gund Collection
Hallmark Collection
I.B.M. Collection
International Center of Photography, New York
Katonah Museum of Art
Kresge Museum of Art
Library of Congress
Merrill Lynch Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Miami Art Museum
The Museum of Photographic Art
National Museum of American History, Washington DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Seagram Collection
St. Louis Museum
Stedelijk Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art
Virginia Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The U.S. Trust Company



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Current and past exhibition-dates and information
Nov 27th, 2004
Joel Meyerowitz: Early Work
Nov 10th, 2007
Joel Meyerowitz: Video and Photography


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Solo Exhibitions

1966
Eastman House, Rochester, USA

1968
"My European Trip," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1974
Virginia Museum

1977
“New Color Photographs,” Witkin Gallery, New York, NY

1978
"Cape Light," Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,MA
"Selections," Harkus Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

1979
"St. Louis and The Arch," St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
"Photographs," Akron Art Museum, Akron

1980
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1981
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO
University of Oregon Museum of Art

1982
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod, MA
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1983
Grapestake Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1984
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO

1985
"A Summer's Day," Hong Kong Arts Centre

1986
"A Summer's Day," Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
"A Summer's Day," Minnesota Museum of Art

1987
"A Summer's Day," The High Museum, Atlanta, GA

1989
"The White Nights," Cleveland Museum of Fine Arts, Cleveland, OH

1990
"Large Prints & Early Work," 2 Part Show, James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY

1991
"A Summer's Day," Art Forum Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1992
"Bay/Sky," James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY
"Redheads," James Danziger Galler, New York, NY
"Atlanta And The Atlantic Center," IBM Permanent Installation, Atlanta, GA

1993
"A Summer's Day," San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

1994/95
"Joel Meyerowitz: "On the Street, Color Photographs, 1963-1973" The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1995
"The Nature of Cities," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

1996
"Hy's Gift," Excerpts from the Film, Shown on ABC's Nightline Nov. 26
"At the Water's Edge," Sandra Berler Gallery, Washington D.C.

1997
"At The Water's Edge," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
"At The Water's Edge," Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"At The Water's Edge," Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA

1999
“The Blue Line,” James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY
“POP,” film, broadcast on PBS’s Frontline June 22
“Human Events/Urban Events”, Centro Culturale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2000
“Human Events/Urban Events”, Ufficio Cultura, Gonzaga, Italy
“Early Street Work: 1966-1976,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY

2001
“Looking South: New York City Landscapes, 1981-2001,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
Installation - A Memory of the World Trade Center, Ando Room, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
“The Cape’s Light,” Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Looking South: New York City Landscapes, 1981-2001,” Sandra Berler Gallery, MD
“The Nature of Cities,” A touring exhibit in Italy.

2001-2004
“After September 11: Images from Ground Zero,” 150 exhibitions worldwide sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

2002
“The City Resilient,” 195 Broadway/Museum of the City of New York, NY
"Before, After and Beyond September 11: Joel Meyerowitz's Photographs of the World Trade Center Site,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
“The Aftermath and Before,” U.S. Pavilion, 8th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2002
“After September 11: Images from Ground Zero,” Center for Documentary Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
“After September 11: Images from Ground Zero,” Manhattan College, New York, NY
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” University Gallery, Amherst, MA
“Tuscany ~ Inside The Light,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY

2004
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Peninsula Fine Arts Center, VA
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Provincetown Art Association and Museum, MA
“Tuscany ~ Inside The Light,” Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Joel Meyerowitz: Vintage Work from the 1960’s,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY

2005
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Hickory Museum of Art, NC
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
“Joel Meyerowitz: Works from the 1960’s,” Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
“Joel Meyerowitz: Color Street Work from the ’70’s,” Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Contact Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2006
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Lafayette College, Easton, PA
“Modern Color, Vintage Prints,” Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
“Color Work 1970-1980,” Hôtel de Sully, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

2007
“Aftermath: Inside the Forbidden City,” Otterbein College, Westerville, OH

"Out of the Ordinary," Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg and Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam


Group Exhibitions

1963
"The Photographer's Eye," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1968
"Ben Shultze Memorial," Museum of Modern Art, Group Exhibition, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

1970
"Portraits," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
"10 Americans," U.S. Pavilion, Expo Japan
1971-72 "New American Photography," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1975
"New Acquisitions Show," Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

1976
"Princeton Group," Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
"Wedding," Carpenter Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
"Warm Truths-Cool Deceits," Color Photo Survey, Traveling Show

1977
"Inner Light," Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
"American Photography," Philadelphia Museum, Philadelphia, PA
"Second Generation Color," Arles France
"8x10x10," Vision Gallery, Boston, MA

1978
"Mirrors and Windows," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
"The Spirit of the New Landscape," Bowdoin College Museum

1979
"American Images," Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
"Art from Corporate Collections," Whitney Museum, New York, NY
"Works From Collections in Northeastern Museums," The Vice President's House, Washington, D.C.

1980
"New Visions," Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO
"Images in the Landscape: The Last Decade," University of New Hampshire Art Galleries

1981
"The New Color: a Decade of Color Photography," Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
"A Sense of Order," Institute of Contemporary art, University of Pennsylvania, PA
"Inside Spaces," Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

1982
"Color as Form," A History of Color Photography, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
"Twentieth -Century Photographs from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art," Seibu Department Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"The Backyard," Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA

1983
"Response to Nature," Tisch Hall of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY
"Landmarks Reviewed," Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
"Color in the Street," California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
"Views and Vision; Recent American Landscape Photography,” The International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1984
"Autoscape: The Automobile in the American Landscape," Whitney Museum, New York, NY
"Color and Straight Photography," Paris Art Center, Paris, France
"Joel Meyerowitz / Joel Sternfeld," G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, LA

1985
"American Images 1945-1980," Barbican Center, London, England
"Light," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
"Recent Acquisitions," Chicago Institute of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
"A Decade of Visual Arts at Princeton," Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
"The Nude in Photography," Munich State Museum
"Swimmers," Pace McGill Gallery, New York, NY
"Beautiful Photographs," Contemporary Art at Penn Plaza, New York, NY

1986
"Artists in Mid-Career," Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
"The Image of France," Chicago Institute of Fine Arts, Chicago, IL
"City Light," International Center of Photography, New York, NY
"In Spite of Everything, Yes," Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1987
Facets of the Collection; Photographs From the Last Decade," MoMA, San Francisco, CA
"Mothers and Daughters," Burden Gallery, New York, NY
"The Last Show," Daniel Wolf Gallery, New York, NY
"Road and Roadside, 1930-1986," The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
"The Chair," Witkin Gallery, New York, NY

1988
"Legacy of Light," DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
"Evocative Presence," The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
“Trains and Boats and Planes,” Witkin Gallery, New York, NY
“Utopian Visions,” Pfizer Corporate Conference Center, New York, NY

1989
"The Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography,"
National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
"Photographs, From Private Collections," The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
"Women / Men," Seagram Collection, New York, NY

1990
"Diamonds are Forever," New York State Museum, Albany, NY

1991
"Site Work: Architecture in Photography," Photographers Gallery, London, England
"Who's On First," Liberman and Saul Gallery, New York, NY
"Pools," Moscow Art Museum
"The City Life of Flora and Fauna," The Seagram Collection, New York, NY

1992
"The Art of the Real: Edward Hopper and Photography," Volksmuseum, Essen, Germany
"Sea Fever," Transamerica, San Francisco, CA

1994
"The Spirit of the Child," Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Bystander; The History of Street Photography," Art Institute of Chicago, IL
"After Art: Rethinking 150 Years of Photography," Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
"St. Louis Suite," Society for Contemporary Photography, St. Louis, MO

1995
"White," Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY
"Lets Go to the Movies," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
"On the Streets," International Center of Photography, New York, NY
"Street Engagements: Social Landscape Photography of the Sixties," The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
"The Nature of Cities," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
"Edward Hopper and the American Imagination," The Whitney Museum, New York, NY
"3 Photographers," The Helman Gallery, New York, NY
"Conde Nast Traveler 100," James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY

1996
"Truths and Trials," Color Photography Since 1975, The Minneapolis Institute of Art,
Minneapolis, MN
"A Sense of Place," The Westmorland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA
"Picturing the South: 1860 to the Present," The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
"By the Sea," Fotouhi Cramer Gallery, New York, NY
“Wedding Days,” Howard Greenburg Gallery, New York, NY and Japan
"Eight Shades of Blue," James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY

1997
"Hope Photographs," The National Arts Club, New York, NY

1998
"In Over Our Heads: The Image of Water in Contemporary Art," San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“Seminal Works,” James Danziger Gallery, New York, NY
"Years Ending in Nine," FotoFest Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"Holding Patterns," Selections from the Photography Collection of Arthur Goodwin,
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“Still Lifes,” DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“Photography’s Multiple Roles,” The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

1999
“Bystander: A History of Street Photography,” San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“Through a Glass Clearly: A Photographer’s View,” Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
“Baseball,” G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Street Photographs, New York,” Turin Biennale, Turin, Italy
“Modern Starts, People, Places, Things,” MOMA, New York, NY

2000
“Hope Photographs,” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
“Odalisque,” DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“It’s So Hot,” Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
“The Nature of Cities,” Legnano, Italy
“Recent Acquisitions,” Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
“Overnight to Many Cities,” 303 Gallery, New York, NY
DNA Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“Walker Evans and Company,” J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
“An Enduring Legacy: Art of the Americas from Nashville Collections,” Frist Center, Nashville, TN

2002
“Visions of America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
“Fast Forward II,” Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
“September 11, Bearing Witness to History,” Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Washington, D.C.
“States of the Union: Before and After,” Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
“Thousand Hounds,” Painewebber Gallery, New York, NY; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Ohio Wesleyan University Ross Museum, Delaware, OH

2003
“SYLVA – A Tree Show,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
“The ‘ing’ Show,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
“The Human Form Divine: The Body as Seen by the Camera,” Art Institute of Chicago, IL
“Thousand Hounds,” Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Winnipeg Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Durham Western Heritage Museum, Omaha, NE; Seibu Department Store, Tokyo, Japan

2004
“Paris: A Century in the City of Light,” Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
“Recent Acquisitions 2000-2003,” Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
“Light and Atmosphere,” Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
“DO,” Pace MacGill, New York, NY
“Six from the Seventies,” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
“Site Seeing: Photographic Excursions in Tourism,” George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
“American Pictures,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
“Wild Flowers,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
“Thousand Hounds,” Keihan Gallery, Osaka, Japan; University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

2005
“Garry Winogrand and the American Street Photographers,” FOAM, Amsterdam, NL
“Still Life and Stilled Lives,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
“American Street Photographers,” Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
“Significant Works Within Reach,” Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Zabriskie Gallery, NY/Paris: Season 1980,” Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY
“Adieu ~ A Farewell Exhibition,” Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, New York, NY
“Thousand Hounds,” Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, WV

2006
“Where We Live,” Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA




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Pressreleases
Aug 30th, 2006
Jeu de Paume presents Joel Meyerowitz


More publications

"Cape Light," New York Graphic Society, 1978

"St. Louis and the Arch," New York Graphic Society, 1980

"Wild Flowers," New York Graphic Society, 1983

"A Summers Day," Times Books, Random House, 1986

"The Arch," New York Graphic Society, 1988

"Redheads," Rizzoli, 1990

"Creating Sense of Place," Smithsonian Museum, 1990

"Bay/Sky," Bulfinch Press, 1993

"The Nutcracker," Little Brown & Co., 1993

"The Nature of Cities," Editore Motta, 1994

"Bystander; A History of Street Photography," Bulfinch Press, 1994

"At The Water's Edge," Bulfinch Press, 1996

“Joel Meyerowitz, 55” Phaidon Press, 2001

“Cape Light,” Bulfinch Press (A New, Expanded Edition), 2002

“Tuscany,” Barnes & Noble, 2003

"Aftermath," Phaidon Press, 2006



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