Cape Light

Cape Light

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Cape Light, Joel Meyerowitz's series of serene and contemplative color photographs taken on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, quickly became one of the most influential and popular photobooks in the latter part of the 20th century after its publication in 1978, breaking new ground both for color photography and for the medium's acceptance in the art world. Now, more than 35 years later, Joel Meyerowitz: Cape Light is back. This edition features all the now-iconic images, newly remastered and luxuriously printed in a larger format. In Cape Light, everyday scenes--an approaching storm, a local grocery store at dusk, the view through a bedroom window--are transformed by the stunning natural light of Cape Cod and the luminous vision of the photographer. Though Meyerowitz had begun shooting in color on the streets of New York a decade earlier, it was this collection of photographs that brought his sensitive color photography to wider notice. Meyerowitz is a contemporary master of color photography, and this powerful, captivating photobook is a classic of the genre.Joel Meyerowitz (born 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world. The New York native began photographing street scenes in 1962, and by the mid-1960s became an early advocate of color photography who was instrumental in the legitimation and growing acceptance of color film. Meyerowitz explains his pioneering choice to shoot in color simply: "It describes more things."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 229 x 267 x 20.32mm | 1,130g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 40 Illustrations, color
  • 1597113395
  • 9781597113397
  • 281,473

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Meyerowitz s photographs are acclaimed for their use of color and their appreciation of light, which transform everyday scenes of homes, beaches, and streets into something otherworldly. "Slate"

More than 35 years since its first publication, "Cape Light" doesn t look like a time capsule of a bygone place but rather an enduring distillation of its timeless spirit. "Slate"

The publishing of "Cape Light" decades ago was an inspiration, a revelation of refined color and simplicity at a time when black and white was considered the standard for serious photography. Although the incongruence of a large format view camera and seizing fast moving life in Provincetown was an anomaly and daring it also revealed the marvelously nuanced color captured at the Cape. Joel Meyerowitz succeeded best in the way that he recorded porches at dusk, long stretches of beach with an approaching storm, and quiet portraits. "New York Journal of Books"

The images in "Cape Light" have been newly remastered and printed, and remind us of Meyerowitz s uncanny ability to capture epiphanies amid the beaches, diners and streets of Cape Cod. "Royal Photographic Society Journal"

Thirty-five years ago, these photographs broke new ground in how film in an 8 x 10 view camera could reproduce the colors and intensity of light, making color photography more accepted in the art world. "Travel and Leisure" "
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