1981 Documentary Follows Street Photographer Joel Meyerowitz in New York City


This is an excellent 1981 documentary about the working methods of New York photographer Joel Meyerowitz. The film was directed by and features Colin L. Westerbeck, Jr. interviewing the photographer and hanging out with him on New York City streets as he works to capture the incredible compositions that materialize out of thin air on a moment’s notice. I like the way Meyerowitz opens up completely to the documentary process and includes the filmmaker in his working life. It’s a truly generous act by a serious artist who is bursting with profound ideas about his work, is not afraid to express his doubts, and reveals his shifting aesthetic to an insightful and enthusiastic documentary filmmaker.