Cape Light: Vibrant, seaside images that show Joel Meyerowitz's love of Cape Cod

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

Polka Galerie in Paris is hosting Taking My Time, a two-part retrospective exhibition dedicated to the great, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz. Autobiographical and contemplative, the show digs into the memory of a spectator and comedian artist, whose career has spanned many chapters and processes of the recent history of photography.

From snapshots and tableaux to street photography and landscapes through portraits, Taking My Time tells the story of Meyerowitz’s journey. Currently on view is the second part of the exhibition, which focuses on his work devoted to landscapes and light. Leaving the streets of New York City behind, Cape Light is a series of serene, seaside images taken at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The images were taken from 1976 onwards, when the artist acquired a large format camera, an 8x10 Deardorff. And it was actually at Cape Cod, where he spends his holidays, that Meyerowitz used it for the first time. With its light and its empty, flat, silent or even frozen landscapes, the seaside peninsula of Massachusetts is the exact opposite of the New York energy that his earlier photographs portrayed.

Meyerowitz began taking pictures in 1962 and is an early advocate of colour photography, instrumentally changing the attitude towards it to nearly universal acceptance. He's the author of 20 groundbreaking books, and has been exhibited at hundreds of museums and galleries around the world. See his work on display at Polka Galerie in Paris until 4 March 2017.

Via Creative Boom submission | Main image: © Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie

© Joel Meyerowitz, Courtesy Polka Galerie