Tue 30th October, 2012 @ 10:57am by format



Taking My Time is the retrospective monograph covering the life and career of Joel Meyerowitz and provides you with an unprecedented insight into the mind and work of this iconic American photographer.

This two-volume limited edition is presented in a slipcase and includes a signed print (Paris, France, 1967), a DVD of Meyerowitz’s award-winning film, Pop, a unique ‘graphic novel’ insert that tells the story of Pop and a second insert for Meyerowitz’s lesson in colour versus black and white photography.

Showing the growth and development of Meyerowitz and his photography from the 1960s to the present day, Taking My Time explores the pivotal points of Meyerowitz’s career and his experiments in both colour and black and white photography and explorations of human intimacy, architecture, light and space. Including text that Meyerowitz, one of photography’s most articulate practitioners, has contributed, Taking My Time is a unique body of work and an unbeatable account of a significant period of evolution in photography.

As design commissions go, being asked to produce the limited edition two volume book documenting the career of one of America’s most iconic photographers must be both exhilarating and a bit terrifying. But London-based Studio Baer have more than risen to the challenge with this beautiful Joel Meyerowitz retrospective for Phaidon.

With nearly 600 of Joel’s photographs on show, the designers let his brilliance speak for itself in a series of big, beautifully reproduced images. But there’s a few neat tricks as well like the specially created graphic novel insert based on Joel’s movie Pop (a DVD of which comes in a slip-pocket at the end of the book) and another insert who presents paired colour and monochrome images side-by-side.

As Joel explains in the video interview below, his practice has evolved along with photography which has gone from being something “amateur” and “trade” to ” to something that has a reigning place in the art world” and so his tale is a fascinating microcosm of this artform’s development since the 1960s to which Studio Baer have done real justice.

With a weighty £500 price tag it’s not going cheap but when a book looks this good it goes some way to justifying such an outlay. [It’s Nice That]

© Phaidon

Really really really really want this. Love Joel!



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