Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Narrative Photography Research - Joel Meyerowitz

While looking at photography that captures photographs on a road trip, I decided to look at Joel Meyerowitz. Meyerowitz has captured photographs when travelling through America and I found a book The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip featuring work from photographers such as Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, Joel Sternfeld, William Eggleston, and Alec Soth.

The photographs Meyerowitz had captured were from travelling around the roads of America for two months. The work he had captured was inspired by photographer Robert Frank. Photographer Meyerowitz said that he felt as though the car was the camera and that the windows of the car was the lens, and it's as though while sitting in the car he felt as though he was sitting in the camera looking out through the lens. He said he watched 'the world wiz by at 60pmh' and captured the photographs at 1000th of a second.  

“Joyrides, voyages of discovery, surveys, wanderings, migrations, polemics, travel diaries, and assessments of the nation. Is America even imaginable without the road trip?”David Campany.

Postcards From the Road: Silent Auction Image Preview
Other photographers feature throughout the book that have inspired me further. I have looked further into road trip photography and found that in recent years road trip photography has become a genre within itself.

Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Broken Street Line, 2008

Stephen Shore, U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973

Joel Meyerowitz, Florida, 1970 © Joel Meyerowitz

Inge Morath, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1960

Todd Hido, #6097, 2007 © Todd Hido,
Courtesy the artist and Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, California.

Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Tires, 2006 ©
Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, Courtesy the artists and
RaebervonStenglin, Zurich and Peter Lav, Copenhagen.

Justine Kurland, Claire, 8th Ward, 2012 © Justine Kurland,
Courtesy Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, New York.

The photographs I have looked at overall have inspired me, as some of the photographs incorporate street photography. The photograph are very interesting and hold nothing dull or bland within them. Each and every photograph has something interesting within them, something different that couldn't be staged and are naturally captured in that moment.

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