Behind the Lens of Joel Meyerowitz


Explore how legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz captures the beauty of the every day and what inspires him to press the shutter button. As a pioneer of street photography through colored film, Joel’s extensive photography career spans decades, from the bustling streets of New York City to the quiet corners of Italy. Get inspired as we dive into the mind of Joel through some of his most iconic images as well as his latest projects from street photography, still-life, and portraits.

The program will be moderated by photographer Melissa O’Shaughnessy, in partnership with Aperture Foundation.

The link to access the program will be sent 1-2 days prior to the start of the program via e-mail through Eventbrite.

Explore how legendary photographer Joel Meyerowitz captures the beauty of the every day and what inspires him to press the shutter button

Saturday September 25

11:00AM EST

Online Event


Presenter Bios

meyerowitzAbout Joel Meyerowitz

The acclaimed photographer Joel Meyerowitz was born in 1938 in the Bronx, New York, where he also grew up. Starting on the streets of New York in the early 60’s with friends like Tony-Ray Jones and Garry Winogrand, he studied painting, and initially worked as an Art Director in advertising. Meyerowitz began shooting on 35mm color film in 1962. In the following year, he alternated this with black and white before returning to the richness of storytelling in color. New York always remained the dominant focus of his life as a photographer – from his early works in the sixties to his evocative images taken at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

In 2017, Joel Meyerowitz was honored for his lifework with the Leica Hall of Fame Award. Meyerowitz lives and works in New York and Tuscany. Joel is recognized around the world as one of the most important street photographers of his generation, a pioneering artist in the use of color, and a highly influential teacher.

Joel’s current preoccupation is sharing a life’s worth of learning through his Masters of Photography Class.

O’ShaughnessyAbout Melissa O’Shaughnessy

Melissa O’Shaughnessy was born in 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and studied at Georgetown University and the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is now a photographer based in New York City. Her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications, and is also included in the book “Bystander: A History of Street Photography and the recently published Women Street Photographers“.

She is a member of UP Photographers, a collective of 24 international street photographers.

Her first monograph, “Perfect Strangers: New York City Street Photographs,” was published by Aperture in October, 2020.

Presenting Organization

Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information visit