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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Limited Edition edition (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714865028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714865027
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 10.2 x 41.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel Meyerowitz (b.1938) began his career making spontaneous pictures on the streets of New York and has become known as one of the most important street photographers of his generation. He was one of a small group of photographers who, in the 1960s and 70s was instrumental in changing attitudes towards colour photography from those of resistance to universal acceptance. An innovator and highly influential teacher, he has won innumerable awards and is best known for his pioneering colour photographs of architecture, light and space.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Zp on 23 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
A search for Joel Meyerowitz on Amazon will give you numerous books by the artist himself, the issue is Meyerowitz has had such a varied career spanning so many years. Your search will find books like Redheads that is Portraiture, Cape Light that is Large format camera scenes and Out of the Ordinary which is street photography (and £800). If you wanted a fully comprehensive overview of this great photographers work you would be spending a lot of money, more money than the book i am reviewing here.

I have started the review like this because this book is expensive and will take some justifying if you are considering buying it...Now let me try and convince you of it's worth.

I received Taking My time 2 days ago. The first thing i noticed was how large it was...the box was big. I carefully opened the packaging, then pulled layers of bubble wrap away and there it was. I stood the books on the kitchen table and took a moment to marvel at the grandiose size, the spines of the two books have the artist's name in silver and then the book title in black. The books themselves are coated in an expensive feeling layer of strong, woven grey material and both are contained in a matte black box. I was instantly impressed.

I opened volume 1 and then saw there was a page telling me that the book is a limited edition and mine was number 723. I continued through the book which starts with a nice long essay on Meyerowitz that is very interesting.

Then we get to the nitty gritty...Photographs. All the photos in these two books are printed beautifully and Meyerowitz himself has put lots of little explanations and descriptions for the shots you are looking at.
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By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful two-volume overview of Joel Meyerowitz's contribution to the art of photography. The 680 pages reveal 580 photos (400 in colour) covering his work from 1962 to 2011. Apart from the eight page intro by Francesco Zanot all the text is by Meyerowitz, either as an essay with each chapter or deep captions for dozens of individual photos and I thought it's pity that there wasn't more of these because he reveals his interesting thoughts about what caught his eye and why.

I thought the selection of photos was excellent, with so many in the two books you might expect to see a few also-rans but no, virtually every picture pulls you into the frame, then you appreciate the subject, composition, colour or mono and I found several that just kept me looking and looking before turning the page. The books have additional material: a twenty-page graphic novel in book two about a car trip Meyerowitz and his pop took from New York to Florida and back, the images are taken from the eighty minute DVD in the back of the book. Book one has a fascinating sixteen page landscape insert with six photos presented as colour on the left-hand page and virtually the same shot in black and white opposite. Meyerowitz, in his essay, makes a very credible case for the superiority of colour over mono images.

Inside the back cover of book one there is a fold-out that has a colour print signed by the artist (it seems genuine too, not an ink-jet job, he had to do it 1,500 times for this limited edition run). The same image is shown over a spread in the book and raises an interesting point about the book's printing. The screen used by the Chinese printers could be 300 or 350 which is not too far off the quality of the colour print.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hamilton-tweedale on 16 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully presented, excellent images and wonderful overview of a master of street photography. Made me want to get out there and get my eye in. Even the children found something of interest. Left a hole in my bank balance but will return in plenty in the future.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
what a Mistake ! 7 Dec. 2012
By Peter Neski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is Beautifully printed and has lots to like about it,But the idea to design this book in a shape that doesn't match the design of most of the Photos
is a big problem ,which shows up in many photos spread to two pages with the crease of the book in the center.This is plain stupid,why not make the books rectangle!
so the Photos could all fit on a single page,even if they have to be reduced in size,
Captured moments 2 Mar. 2015
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A beautiful two-volume overview of Joel Meyerowitz's contribution to the art of photography. The 680 pages reveal 580 photos (400 in color) covering his work from 1962 to 2011. Apart from the eight page intro by Francesco Zanot all the text is by Meyerowitz, either as an essay with each chapter or deep captions for dozens of individual photos and I thought it's pity that there wasn't more of these because he reveals his interesting thoughts about what caught his eye and why.

I thought the selection of photos was excellent, with so many in the two books you might expect to see a few also-rans but no, virtually every picture pulls you into the frame, then you appreciate the subject, composition, color or mono and I found several that just kept me looking and looking before turning the page. The books have additional material: a twenty-page graphic novel in book two about a car trip Meyerowitz and his pop took from New York to Florida and back, the images are taken from the eighty minute DVD in the back of the book. Book one has a fascinating sixteen page landscape insert with six photos presented as color on the left-hand page and virtually the same shot in black and white opposite. Meyerowitz, in his essay, makes a very credible case for the superiority of color over mono images.

Inside the back cover of book one there is a fold-out that has a color print signed by the artist (it seems genuine too, not an ink-jet job, he had to do it 1,500 times for this limited edition run). The same image is shown over a spread in the book and raises an interesting point about the book's printing. The screen used by the Chinese printers could be 300 or 350 which is not too far off the quality of the color print. Most art books use a 175 to 200 screen so the printing for 'Taking my time' is very impressive in my view. The quality matt art paper helps, too.

I think it's worth commenting on the rather high price of these books, I can't see why they should cost so much (reassuringly expensive?). Steidl have publish several high quality photographer box sets, some with up to five books and none of them cost as much as this Phaidon set.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
book came to me damaged 6 Feb. 2013
By piotr koralewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this very beautiful album came to me broken (both of the books)
it was packed only in very thin cartoon box with a lot of free space inside.
very unprofessional.
it cost a lot of money and i have no
can I send it back?
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