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I've long admired Joel Meyerowitz's work, not only his Street photography (it was his work that inpsired me to try out the genre) but his portrait,landscape and still life work. It's an amazingly large body of work, and this book allows us to see not only the images but what inspired him to create the work too, the impact of the 9/11 aftermath is incredibly powerful work. If I need inspiration, I grab this book and read and learn somethijg new each time I open it up. It's a great insight into a wornderfully talented photographer.
A tome of a book, well worth the money, that follows Meyerowitz's photographic career starting recently and finishing at the beginning, a device which works really well. There are far more pictures than text, and the text when it is there serves to explain and illustrate in an informative way.
Not a bad retrospective of an astonishingly varied career, although its diversity is to some degree a weakness - it rattles through Meyerowitz' wildly differing styles meaning you sometimes feel you're not getting enough of the stuff you love, and too much of the stuff you don't. The reverse chronology is interesting to see how his style evolved (in reverse) but it did mean that I liked the last part of the book significantly more than the first.
This is one of the most disappointing books I have ever bought. Don't get me wrong, I love the work of Meyerowitz. But the design of this book is awful. Its almost impossible to view the photograph as they so often go across the gutter, and as a result of the way its bound you're forced to view the photographs in two halves. I was so looking forward to this book but will have to wait till he gets Steidl gets to publish a book of his work.
Good book which in my opinion would have scored higher if not for the fact that large images were split over two pages with the obvious pages inner crease which spoilt the image. In contradiction small pictures were isolated by unnecessary white space.
Let's starts with price - getting a book of this size and print quality for 25 quid is an absolute bargain. It's unusual the way it starts at the end of his career and works back to the b beginning but its also a refreshing change