Taking My Time by Joel Meyerowitz

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A good investment if you can afford it, but you may need to move fast as only 1,500 have been printed.


Photographer Joel Meyerowitz is renowned for his vast spectrum of work. He is a preeminent street photographer, having broken new ground in the genre in the 1960s. He is also a pioneer of color photography, as testified by his classic pictures of Cape Cod. And he is the photographer who has given us unforgettable images of Ground Zero. Spanning a career rich with creative milestones and iconic works, Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time explores the enduring influence of the master photographer over the past half-century.

The two volumes of this superb limited edition feature close to 600 photographs edited and sequenced by Meyerowitz to create a chronological record of his evolution as an artist and the crucial role he played in the emergence of color photography. A fitting tribute to an illustrious career, Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time showcases the photographer's entire oeuvre, including both landmark and previously unpublished photographs.

Volume 1 of this two-volume set covers 1962 to 1974. The images in this volume include Meyerowitz' seminal color photography and black-and-white street photographs of New York City; images taken during a year in Europe which he refers to as his coming-of-age bot as an artist and a man; and documentation of America during the Vietnam War years. Volume 2 takes us through to present-day, spotlighting his trademark images of Cape Cod; portraits; photographs taken while traveling through Tuscany and other places; his chronicle of the road trip he took with his son and his father, who had Alzheimer's; indelible images of Ground Zero; and transporting pictures of the parks of New York.

Featuring a signed print, a DVD of Meyerowitz's award-winning film "Pop" - in which he chronicles the road trip he took with his son and father (who at the time was suffering from Alzheimer's) and a graphic novel adapted from the film, Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time is a compelling record of the creative and professional development of a master photographer, and a tremendously personal, inspiring work.

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Joel Meyerowitz, best known for his large-format color work published in Cape Light & Bay/Sky, began his photographic career in the 1960s as a street photographer. He was born & lives in New York City.
Published October 1, 2012 by Phaidon Press. 688 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Dec 01 2012

A good investment if you can afford it, but you may need to move fast as only 1,500 have been printed.

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