Claudia and Dorene, 1981

Joel Meyerowitz


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"[For those of us] who find our way here—travelers, artists, writers, playwrights, actors, poets, straight, gay, lesbian, gender-nonconforming, black, white, foreign, anyone who wants to move from the urban pressures to the spacious and spiritual beauty of the Outer Cape—Provincetown is where your identity and sense of ‘home’ come to ground.” —Joel Meyerowitz
The beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been defined by outsiders—a haven for the queer community and a getaway for artists, a place of openness and tolerance. Throughout the 1970s and the early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz spent his summers there, roaming the seaside with an 8-by-10 camera, making exquisite, sharply observed portraits of denizens of the progressive community—families, couples, children, artists, and others. In Meyerowitz’s photographs, a cast of characters appears and reappears from season to season against the picturesque backdrop of sea, sand, and sun. Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown collects these portraits, most never before published, bringing viewers into an idyllic world of self-styled individualism. This body of work, by a master of the medium, is a visual time capsule of a storied LGBTQ community. Aperture is pleased to work with the artist to bring to our audience of collectors, three wonderful limited-edition prints, all of which appear in the soon-to-be released monograph. The proceeds from the sale of these prints in addition to supporting the artist help to underwrite Aperture’s publishing and public programs.

Archival pigment print
Print Paper Size: 11 x 14 inches
Print Image Size: 10 ¼ x 13 inches
Edition of 15
Signed and numbered by the artist

About the Artist Tab

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, and a recipient of the Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, and has published over thirty books, including the Aperture titles Legacy (2009), Cape Light (2015), and Seeing Things (2016). He lives in Italy.