Werkstattgalerie Hermann Noack, in cooperation with Howard Greenberg Gallery (NYC), presents an impressive retrospective entitled "M E Y E R O W I T Z" to celebrate the 85th birthday of internationally renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
The exhibition shows over 100 works and underlines the outstanding position of Joel Meyerowitz as one of the most important photographers of this time. He was born in New York in 1938 and grew up in the Bronx. After studying painting, art history and illustration at Ohio State University, he began his photography career in 1962. For more than six decades, Meyerowitz has explored the philosophical potential of photography and its poetic expressiveness in a variety of ways.
His photographs create a stillness that allows for an empathetic yet detached perspective on visible reality. With this aesthetic, Meyerowitz joins the tradition of the great artists of American Realism, above all Edward Hopper. His paintings reflect the human experience and its connection to the mystery of time in a manner similar to that found in Hopper's paintings. In addition, he and Hopper share a remarkable sense of spatial depth and light.
Meyerowitz's photographs of the streets of New York appear unposed and unplanned, but reveal a logic inherent in the image. Gentleness coupled with humor infused with moments of cruelty. The composition of the things and people in the picture creates an almost melodic harmony.
Meyrowitz's contribution to art photography through the introduction of color as an expressive medium is particularly noteworthy. In the early 1960s, when black and white photography was considered "serious", he boldly experimented with the aesthetic of color. His conviction and passion for color photography significantly influenced professionals such as John Szarkowski, legendary photography curator at New York's MOMA, Stephen Shore and even William Eggleston. They recognized a new dimension of expressive photography in color. Meyrowitz' color photographs of street scenes, landscapes, portraits and still lifes opened up a new artistic perspective.
Following Vivian Maier's successful solo exhibition, the Meyerowitz exhibition is the second presentation in the Hermann Noack workshop gallery dedicated to street photography.