Joel Meyerowitz with Lorenzo Braca: The Pleasure of Seeing

Wed. Jun 14, 2023 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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The pioneering street photographer who reshaped the use of color recounts the story of his life and career.

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Book Cover of The Pleasure of Seeing by Joel Meyerowitz and Lorenzo BracaJoel Meyerowitz began capturing life on the streets of New York in 1962, and since then his camera has taken him across America, Europe, and beyond. In his new book Meyerowitz goes behind the scenes of his storied life and career with historian and photographer Lorenzo Braca. The Pleasure of Seeing (Damiani, 2023) hops from stories behind many of Meyerowitz’s famous photographs to the value of the visual image down to technical details about lenses, printing, and film.

Meyerowitz and Braca discuss The Pleasure of Seeing and Meyerowitz’s legendary career, and share some of the 100+ images from the book, everything from iconic photographs to previously unpublished material.

This event is presented as the annual conversation on photography generously underwritten by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos.

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Joel Meyerowitz headshotJoel Meyerowitz is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Celebrated as a pioneer of color photography beginning in 1962, he is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities awards, and a recipient of The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal. He was the only photographer allowed inside Ground Zero where he worked for 9 months creating the history of the monumental recovery efforts. He has published 46 books. Joel Meyerowitz is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, Polka Galerie in Paris and Huxley-Parlour Gallery in London. Meyerowitz lives and works in New York and London.

Lorenzo Braca headshotLorenzo Braca, Ph.D. is an Italian historian and photographer who has published widely on the literature, the mentality, and the imagination of the late Middle Ages. He is currently working for the Catholic University of Milan and for the University of Poznań. As a photographer, his work is oriented primarily towards the urban environment and its evolution. Braca’s photographs have been exhibited in various collective shows, and in 2021 he had his first solo exhibition.


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Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz
Courtesy Lorenzo Braca

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Wachenheim Trustees Room (2nd Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
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