The Street Photographer of the ’60s

June 19, 2017

The NY Times article reads

“In 1962, Joel Meyerowitz left his job in advertising and set out to be a photographer. He started by venturing outside with two Leica cameras (one loaded with color film and the other with black and white) to snap the world in motion: In one image, a man strides through the streets of New York cradling an enormous dog in his arms; in another, a couple zooms through Greece on a scooter, the woman’s scarf blurred by the wind.

“Along with half a dozen other photographers of his generation, Joel Meyerowitz is responsible for the re-evaluation of color photography as a significant form of art,” says Giles Huxley-Parlour, the director of London’s Beetles+Huxley Gallery, which opens a show focused on the photographer’s influential street photography this week….”

Many of you know I have a degree in photography and love the art like it’s my child. When I discovered the work of Joel Meyerowitz, it was a reawakening of the senses.

With the introduction of digital cameras, I feel like there have been more photos taken recently than in the history of photography. But with the digital technology, some colors are washed, depth is lost, and it may not have the same life as those images captured on emulsion. And some may argue something different. However, looking at the Meyerowitz images reminds of not just of a bygone era, but of a warmth of tone, a moment of light as captured on film, and a fleeting second of passion between two people.

What do you think of these photographs? Aren’t they magical? I’m in Paris, and this show is in London. So close yet so far….

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