Sunday, June 8, 2014

Amazing Color Photographs of New York City's Street Scenes in the 1960s-70s

Inspired by seeing Robert Frank at work, Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938) quit his job as an art director at an advertising agency and took to the streets of New York City with a 35mm camera and black-and-white film. He drew inspiration from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Eugène Atget — he has said "In the pantheon of greats there is Robert Frank and there is Atget."

He began photographing in color in 1962 and was an early advocate of the use of color during a time when there was significant resistance to the idea of color photography as serious art. After alternating between black-and-white and color, Meyerowitz "permanently adopted color" in 1972. Meyerowitz also switched at this time to large format, often using an 8×10 camera to produce photographs of places and people.
"I started carrying two cameras, one loaded with color film and the other with black-and-white." Meyerowitz told DigitalPhotoPro Magazine in an interview. "Whenever there was a possibility, if the event or the action didn't disappear too quickly, I would make a picture in color and a picture in black-and-white of the same thing. Then I started looking at them together to try and understand, "Why color? What's the difference? What does it mean to see the world in color when you can see it in black-and-white?""
Here, below is a selection of amazing color photographs of New York City's street scenes in the 1960s-70 taken by Joel Meyerowitz.

(Photos © Joel Meyerowitz)

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