Creator of The World Trade Center Archive Joel Meyerowitz is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in color photography and his view camera artistry. A Guggenheim Fellow and an NEA and NEH award-winner, Meyerowitz was the only photographer to gain unlimited access to Ground Zero after 9/11. Over eight months, he took over 8,000 photographs of what he called "the forbidden city," capturing on film the monumental scale of the ruin as well as the moments of courage, compassion and solidarity during the recovery and cleanup.
"To me, no photographs meant no history," says Meyerowitz. "My task was to make a record of the aftermath: the awesome spectacle of destruction; the reverence for the dead; the steadfast, painstaking effort of recovery; the life of those whose act of salvation has embedded itself deeply into the consciousness of all of us in America and around the world." An exhibit from his World Trade Center Archive has traveled to over 200 cities in 60 countries. The World Trade Center Museum will permanently display a selection of the Archive.
His book Aftermath: The World Trade Center Archive featured 400 photographs of Ground Zero and the beauty and bravery Meyerowtiz observed amid the loss. The images in the book are interspersed with personal reminiscences and stories celebrating the thousands of people who worked at the site.
Meyerowitz is the author of 17 books, including Tuscany: Inside the Light; Bystander: The History of Street Photography; and Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. His first book, Cape Light, is a classic of color photography, selling more than 100,000 copies.His work has appeared in over 350 galleries and museums around the world, and has been featured by Nightline, The New York Times, and CBS Sunday Morning.
His most recent books include Provence: Lasting Impressions, with co-author, novelist, and playwright Maggie Barrett, and Taking My Time, curated by Meyerowitz, a two volume, limited edition retrospective of his career and includes nearly 600 images, some previously unpublished. Throughout 2015, he will feature one new photograph every day on his blog, "Once More Around the Sun."
Meyerowitz won the Lucie Foundation's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2012 Centenary Medal from the Royal Photographic Society.
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Taking My Time
Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive
Provence: Lasting Impressions
Cape Light: Color Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz
Tuscany: Inside the Light
Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks
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