Held as a pioneer in the color approach to the street photography genre, Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York, in 1938) grew up in New York City’s Bronx borough. Among his most famous books, “Cape Light” (1978) is regarded as one of the most influential photography books of the latter part of the Twentieth century. Much of Joel Meyerowitz’s genius is credited to his friendship and collaboration Garry Winogrand. When he started experimenting with photography in 1962, color was still considered as not an artistic medium when compared to the black-and-white standard of street’s photography tradition incarnated in Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Throughout his long career, Joel Meyerowitz has greatly pushed the legitimacy of color use in photojournalism, especially through capturing scenes around New York City.
His photography has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Art Institute of Chicago, The George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art.