Mixed Media Photographer Arthur Meyerson
In Rope Trick, Alcocer, 2015, photographer Arthur Meyerson captures a young vaquero from Spain performing in a midair jump. Strip Center, Arkansas, 2007 shows psychedelic store-window reflections on a wet street. The images are arresting in their own ways, but similarly spectacularly colorful — and just two examples from the hundreds reproduced in Meyerson’s new book, The Journey (Arthur Meyerson Editions). The photographer signs copies at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 1, at Photo-eye Bookstore and Project Space (376-A Garcia St., 505-988-5152 Ext. 201).
As a boy, Meyerson began using an Argus rangefinder camera that was his grandfather’s. He has now been shooting professionally since about 1974, and 2017 is his 25th year as an instructor for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. The native Texan has traveled the world photographing for advertising, corporate, and editorial clients such as National Geographic and Coca-Cola. The new book features an amazing gallery of color photographs of people and places. Other standouts are Muslim Girls, Indonesia, 1988; an image of partially submerged men playing chess in The Baths, Budapest, 1995; the awesome Iceberg, Antarctica, 2012; a mutedcolors concerto of stone in Ruins, Pozos, 2013; and the phantasmagorical book-cover image Water Wall, Tokyo, 2016.
Meyerson has emphasized the importance of awareness, patience, vigilance, and especially intuition in his work, in the pursuit of special photographic moments, and he is not interested in compromising reality by adding something or stretching the truth with Photoshop. “In my personal work, the last thing I want to do is make something happen,” he tells Anne Wilkes Tucker, curator emerita of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in a substantial interview published in The Journey. “I want to record the moment. It’s one of those unwritten rules I make for myself. If it means I have to wait for that moment, then I wait. If the moment doesn’t occur, and sometimes it doesn’t, or the person in the right outfit with the perfect color that I’m hoping for doesn’t appear, then I have to make the decision to go with what I have or not shoot at all.” — Paul Weideman
Arthur Meyerson: Muslim Girls, Indonesia, 1988; below, Rope Trick, Alcocer, 2015