Joel Meyerowitz is part of a generation of artists whose influence on their chosen medium, photography, cannot be overstated. This year sees Meyerowitz inducted into Leica’s Hall of Fame. Gregory Barker spoke with the American photographer as he looks back at a career spanning over six decades.
Gregory Barker: When you speak about your work you often relate it to being open to the world and to the possibility of seeing photographs. I wondered if that openness was something that grew in you from your experience with photography, or whether that was part of your character?
Joel Meyerowitz: I grew up as a kid in the Bronx and life in the neighbourhoods was hard. Then I went off to college and I could feel the packaging. Schools tend to package everything. You take a curriculum, you take a major, you have a decision about our future, and like everybody else I did