Joel MEYEROWITZ, Red interior, Provincetown. Enlarge 1 /1


United States of America born 1938

Red interior, Provincetown. 1977 Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph

Dimensions: printed image 19.3 h x 24.4 w cm sheet 27.8 h x 25.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.3221

Meyerowitz began shooting in black and white on the streets of New York in the 1960s. He switched, to colour in the 1970s saying that ‘a colour photograph gives you a chance to remember how things look and feel in colour, to retrieve emotions that were bred in you in infancy … colour suggests that light itself is a subject’. In 1976, Meyerowitz began photographing Cape Cod in Provincetown,Massachusetts, studying the architecture and landscape. He gave up his Leica, which had taught him how to capture energy, decisiveness and immediacy, and instead used a Deardorff view camera, from which he learnt reverence, patience, and meditation.

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