The Pleasure of Seeing. Conversations with Joel Meyerowitz on Sixty Years in the Life of Photography
Joel Meyerowitz is one of the pioneers of color photography, as well as an essential reference figure for street photography, large-format photography, and portraits. The Pleasure of Seeing. Conversations with Joel Meyerowitz on sixty years in the life of photography is his first biography, the book offers a look behind the scenes of the life and career of one of America’s photographic living legends.
In conversation with historian and photographer Lorenzo Braca, Meyerowitz speaks vividly about his beginnings, studying art history, meeting Robert Frank, photographing on the streets of New York City with Tony Ray-Jones and Garry Winogrand, traveling extensively across America and Europe, learning from John Szarkowski, director of photography at MoMA, working on numerous exhibitions and publications, photographing at Ground Zero in 2001 and 2002, and about the most recent still lifes and self-portraits projects.
The book contains over one hundred pictures, including Joel’s most iconic photographs as well as new and previously unpublished material. This comprehensive visual biography testifies to the author’s continuing evolution throughout the six decades of his career and discusses his work in relation to his personal life, to the history of photography, and to the incessant transformation of the medium. Meyerowitz reveals anecdotes, personal memories, and the story behind many of his famous photographs.
About the Authors
Born in the Bronx in 1938, Joel Meyerowitz began capturing everyday scenes on the streets of New York in 1962 and was an early adopter of color film for the genre, advocating its use when many photographers resisted its popularization. He has published more than 35 books.
Lorenzo Braca (born 1977) is an Italian historian and photographer who has published widely on the literature and imagination of the late Middle Ages. His photography explores the urban environment. His first solo exhibition was held in 2021.