Thursday, November 19, 2009

Master in Photography Joel Meyerowitz

Cronkite School Photojournalism 351 and 451

This is New York City photographer Joel Meyerowitz. I was extremely fortunate to have Joel as a guest speaker tonight in my Photojournalism 451 class at Arizona State University's, Walter Cronkite School of Mass Communications and Journalism.

What an incredible treat to listen to a master. His photographic body of work spans 45 years. With 17 photographic books published, two Guggenheim Fellowships an NEA (National Endowment of the Arts) grant and many other rewards his appearance to our class was hugely significant.

His approach to his work and the clarity of thought is extraordinary. If you're familiar with his work or have listened to him speak you will understand what I mean. If you're not familiar with his work check out the links below.

He began his career as a street photographer in New York City were he earned the respect of curators, scholars and fellow photographers. More recently his documentation of ground zero. Meyerowitz spent 9 months documenting the aftermath with a large format 8 X 10 inch view camera. His photographs have been seen by over 4 million people all over the world.

His latest work is a documentary record of all New York City Parks creating an archive of New York City’s 29,000 acres of parkland. It is the first long term visual documentation of NYC parks since the 1930’s when they were photographed as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s WPA program. His book is titled Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks and is sold by Aperture.


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