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a biography of the filmmaker

Joel Meyerowitz was born in New York in 1938. He began photographing in 1962. He is a "street photographer" in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, although he works exclusively in color. As an early advocate of color photography (mid-60's) he was instrumental in changing the attitude toward the use of color photography from one of resistance to nearly universal acceptance. His first book Cape Light is considered a classic work of color photography and has sold more than 100,000 copies during its 20 year life. He is the author of eleven other books including Bystander, The History of Street Photography. His work has appeared in over 120 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He has had one-man exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and numerous others. He is the co-founder The Tuscany Workshops.

"Pop," which Meyerowitz produced and directed, was his first film. It was awarded the "Best of Festival" award at the Chicago Windy City Film Festival in September 1998 and "Best Documentary in the Humanitarian Tradition" at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in May 1998.


1978 - Cape Light, New York Graphic Society
1980 - St. Louis and the Arch, New York Graphic Society
1983 - Wild Flowers, New York Graphic Society
1986 - A Summers Day, Times Books, Random House
1988 - The Arch, New York Graphic Society
1990 - Redheads, Rizzoli
1993 - Bay/Sky, Bullfinch Press
1993 - The Nutcracker, Little Brown & Co.
1994 - The Nature of Cities, Editore Motta
1994 - Bystander: A History of Street Photography, Bullfinch Press
1996 - At The Water's Edge, Bullfinch Press

Guggenheim Foundation Grant (2 times)
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
CAPS Grant

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