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An early advocate of colour 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 colour. Just how, when, and why American fine art photographers switched from black-and-white image-making, prized within the gallery system, to colour 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 began to experiment with colour techniques: a passion he continues to pursue.
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 colour in 1962 and was an early advocate during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of colour 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."