Joel Meyerowitz, Streetwise
The exhibition at Mysia 3, will focus on the first decades of Meyroeitz’s career. It comprises 50 photographs that allow for tracing the most significant period of the artist’s work.

01.07 - 30.07.2022

From 1st to 30st of July, 2022, the 6×7 Leica Gallery Warsaw will present a photographic exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz entitled “Streetwise”.

Joel Meyerowitz is a legend of contemporary photography and one of the precursors of so-called “street photography”. He was among the first to make color an essential element of his artistic language in the sixties and seventies of the last century. 

The exhibition at Mysia 3, will focus on the first decades of Meyroeitz’s career. It comprises 50 photographs that allow for tracing the most significant period of the artist’s work. We will see the earliest, both colour and black and white photographs, taken in the crowded streets of New York. We will take a look at the shots taken during the photographer’s trip to Europe in 1966-67. And finally, we will admire the iconic pictures taken in the United States in the 1970s, where color finally prevailed over black and white films.

© Joel Meyerowitz_Wyoming, 1964 www 1Wyoming, 1964  © Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Joel Meyerowitz began his adventure with the camera in the early 1960s, photographing the streets of New York. The turning point that led him to the decision to become a photographer was an encounter with Robert Frank, who was then a legendary figure in the world of American documentary photography. This meeting determined the career of the young Meyerowitz, who decided to dedicate his life to picturing the world with the camera. 

New York has always remained the dominant focus of his photographic passion. He treated this great city as his own territory. Here, he found a living stage for his curious observation of people and the chance scenarios written by everyday life.

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Paris, France, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Meyerowitz’s photography is characterised by an exceptional sense of the situation, the ability to capture the magic of ordinariness, and a unique style resulting from curiosity and openness to the world and people. Hardly any other photographer has such a perfect eye for capturing the surprising and often bizarre, scenes from everyday life. His subjects, identified and captured in fractions of a second, always appear to be carefully arranged compositions. All elements of photography – subjects, color, form and composition – perfectly interact with each other, creating an insightful and slightly ironic description of the surrounding world.

Paying attention is the basic act of photography – advises Meyerowitz in his book „How I make photographs”. – Keep your eyes open and see what you can discover. If you follow your instinct and go where desire sends you, you’re likely to see unexpected, magical things.

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Paris, France, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York in 1938) is one of the most famous street photographers of his generation, a pioneer and promoter of color photography, an influential publicist and teacher. He has won numerous awards, including the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal,  the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, and was a two times Guggenheim Fellow. He has published over 30 books and is the author of numerous tutorials and videos about photography. His works, presented at over 350 exhibitions around the world, have been included in the collections of museums such as MoMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate Modern and many others. Today, he is still actively photographing. He lives in New York and Tuscany.



Exhibition: Joel Meyerowitz  “Streetwise” 

1.01.2022-30.07.2022

6×7 Leica Gallery Warszawa, Mysia 3 street, 3rd floor

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of “Leica Academy” workshops 

Opening hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 am – 8 pm.

Admission: 15 pln

TICKET –  www.interticket.pl



Exhibition open: 10:00-20:00