Port­fo­lio

WEST 46TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY, 1976

The Herald Magazine - - CONTENTS - JOEL MEYEROWITZ

Here comes every­body. New York, 1976. El­ton John and Kiki Dee on top of the charts. The Son of Sam has started his killing spree. And pho­tog­ra­pher Joel Meyerowitz was out in the streets with his cam­era. He once said, he was try­ing to catch “the all of it”. You could ar­gue in this im­age that’s ex­actly what he did.

Meyerowitz is a con­trib­u­tor to and a co-edi­tor (along with pho­tog­ra­phy ex­pert Colin Wester­beck) of the reis­sued By­stander: a His­tory of Street Pho­tog­ra­phy. Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1994, it sur­veys the art of the street pho­to­graph from the Rev­erend Calvert Richard Jones’s Panorama of Santa Lu­cia, Naples, in 1846 right up to Melissa O’Shaugh­nessy in New York’s Her­ald Square last year.

On ev­ery page peo­ple talk and walk, ar­gue, fight and kiss, framed in a lens they of­ten never no­tice. “I’ve spent a lot of my life be­ing ig­nored,” the street pho­tog­ra­pher Saul Leiter once said. “To be ig­nored is a great priv­i­lege.”

The re­sult is a book full of stolen glances, fleet­ing mo­ments and for­tu­nate dis­cov­er­ies. It’s a book, in short, full of life. The all of it? Pretty close.

By­stander: a His­tory of Street Pho­tog­ra­phy by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Wester­beck is pub­lished by Lau­rence King, priced £45

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