Joel Meyerowitz talks French nonchalance

Pavement café society takes on an absurd quality in a 1967 photo from the photographer's Taking My Time book
Joel Meyerowitz at work
Joel Meyerowitz at work




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We’ve just come across a stash of great Joel Meyerowitz videos that we never got round to running on the site so we’re going to roll them out over the next few weeks. We’re kicking off today with Joel talking about one of our favourite whimsical photos of his. (There are a lot of these humourous shots parked among the iconic images in his double volume, Taking My Time). This one is a particular favourite of’s as it speaks so directly to one of our passions - watching the world walk by from a café table in a European capital while downing cups of high octane coffee. The photo was taken in Paris in 1967. In our video below Joel describes it thus:


Joel Meyerowitz Paris, France 1967

Joel Meyerowitz Paris, France 1967

“I look at that picture and it’s an absurdity - there’s no way for them to get away from the table!  People are absurd and I think part of the joy of making photographs is that you run across this kind of insanity every single day in one form or another.”  

Next week we’ll bring you a lovely (and much longer) video in which Joel talks about coming to London and Europe for the first time from fifties America. It gives a great insight into what really was another world. For now though, watch the video and take a look at Joel’s wonderful double volume Taking My Time



  • Taking My Time
  • Taking My Time
  • Taking My Time
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.

Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time


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