From January 23 until April 7, 2013, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, (European House of Photography) will welcome a retrospective of New York artist Joel Meyerowitz.
The exhibition will begin by presenting Joel Meyerowitz’s first black and white works and will continue up until the photographer’s later works, taken in color. The exhibition notably includes images that were captured during the nine months following the World Trade Center attack on September 9, 2001. From his location in New York, Meyerowitz takes the viewer straight into the ruins of a national tragedy.
Meyerowitz’s career spans more than four decades, as the photographer’s works date from the 1960s up to the 2000s. This long career provides an interesting look at the transition from black and white to color, which manifests itself in Meyerowitz’s oeuvre. This important photographic evolution can be perceived artistically through the photographer’s vision.
Taking his inspiration from such major artists as Robert Frank and Eugène Atget, Meyerowitz made a name for himself as one of the masters of street photography during the 1960s and 1970s. During this time, his lens caught the daily scenes of urban life, and he presented this perspective to a wider audience.
Going from New York to Paris, Meyerowitz hit the pavement in search of interesting subjects. In this way, he sculpted the movement of the cities. And he made a splash by using color at a time when black and white photography was the only kind of photography that was taken seriously in the art world.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can witness Meyerowitz’s innovative vision by making a visit to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, which is located within walking distance of their hotel.