‘Where I Find Myself’ is the first major single book retrospective of one of America’s leading photographers. As the title indicates, it is organised in inverse chronological order and spans the photographer’s whole career to date: from Joel Meyerowtiz’s most recent picture all the way back to the first photograph he ever shot.
The book is divided in two parts: Classical and Jazz, which have distinct layouts describing the two opposed sides of the photographer’s talent, with, on the one hand, the quest for balance and perfection, and on the other his will to grasp the complexity of life as it is taking place, reality at its most spontaneous. It covers all of Meyerowitz’s great projects: his work inspired by the artist Morandi, his work on trees, his exclusive coverage of Ground Zero, his trips in the footsteps of Robert Frank across the US, his experiments comparing colour and black and white pictures, and of course his iconic street photography work.
The text is all by Joel Meyerovitz himself. Meyerovitz is incredibly eloquent and candid about how photography works or doesn’t, and this should be an inspiration to anyone interested in photography.
The book coincides with a major retrospective show in Berlin.