The beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been defined by outsiders. A safe haven for the queer community and a getaway for artists, it is a place defined by openness and tolerance. Throughout the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz spent his summers there, roaming the seaside making sharply observed portraits of families, couples, children, artists, and other denizens of the progressive community. A cast of characters appear and reappear from season to season against a picturesque backdrop of sea, sand, and sun. Provincetown (Aperture, 2019) collects one hundred portraits, most never before published, bringing viewers into an idyllic world of self-styled individualism.
Joel Meyerowitz (born in New York, 1938) is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. He is a two-time Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of both National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities awards, a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and has published over thirty books.
Although he is known as a street photographer in the tradition of Henri-Cartier Bresson and Robert Frank, he transformed the medium by introducing colour and became instrumental in changing the attitude towards colour photography, at a time when black and white still reined. He lives between New York and Italy.
We are excited to have Meyerowitz taking over @paperjournalmag from 29 October until 4 November, sharing work from his recently published book, Provincetown. You can follow him @joel_meyerowitz and see more of his work at www.joelmeyerowitz.com.