Joel Meyerowitz: A Question of Color (Paperback)

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Joel Meyerowitz: A Question of Color traces the experiments in color and black-and-white photography of the young Meyerowitz, a pioneer in the history of color photography.

An early advocate of color photography, Joel Meyerowitz has impacted and influenced generations of artists. For fifty-eight years, the master photographer has documented the United States’ ever-changing social landscape.

During the late 1960s, Meyerowitz carried two cameras: one loaded with monochrome stock, the other with color. Just how, when, and why American fine art photographers switched from black-and-white image-making, prized within the gallery system, to color photography, once seen as the preserve of tourist photography, has been the cause of much debate.

In Joel Meyerowitz: A Question of Color, Meyerowitz tells the story of his early days as a photographer when he was told that serious photographers took black-and-white pictures. "But why," he asked, "when the world is in color?" He then bought a color camera and various rolls of film and began to experiment with color techniques: a passion he continues to pursue.

About the Author

Born in New York in 1938, Joel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art. In 2017, Meyerowitz was honored for his lifelong work with a place in the Leica Hall of Fame, described as a "magician using color" and praised for his ability to "both capture and fram[e] the decisive moment."

Robert Shore is the author of several books about contemporary art and photography, including Beg, Steal and Borrow: Artists Against Originality, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama. He worked for many years as an arts reviewer and as the editor of Elephant magazine.

Praise For…

Vibrant... Meyerowitz's insights are abundantly clear in arresting shots [paired with] commentary that reveals the depth of his artistic philosophy... This captivates.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This latest book…puts a fresh spin on Meyerowitz’s oeuvre. The photo pairings of black & white vs. color help us feel the tension between the images. We can then answer our own 'question of color.'
— Art Photo Collector

Product Details
ISBN: 9780500297896
ISBN-10: 0500297894
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English