The Legacy Portfolio

by Joel Meyerowitz


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This very special portfolio of five limited-edition photographs by internationally renowned artist Joel Meyerowitz invites the viewer to discover the hidden pockets of wilderness that still exist within the urban environs of New York City, and includes one image from each borough of the city. Commissioned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document, interpret, and celebrate one of New York City's greatest legacies: the nearly 9,000 acres of parks in the five boroughs that have been left or returned to their most natural state, Meyerowitz also published this work in the beautiful monograph Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks. The edition is limited to thirty copies containing five signed and numbered photographs and a specially handmade paper-crafted colophon, made from plant materials collected from the various parks within the five boroughs. "Joel's work reminds us that we have a shared responsibility to protect these precious spaces." —Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg "What I did discover was that in every park I entered, I was being drawn to the unmanaged areas: those dark invitations to get lost in the woods and margins of the parks, where pathways petered out and nature took over." —Joel Meyerowitz

Portfolio of Five Pigment Prints, presented in a clothbound folio
Image Size: 14 9/16 x 16 inches
Paper Size: 16 x 20 inches
Edition of 30 + 5 Artist Proofs
Signed and numbered by the artist

Prints included in this portfolio:
Central Park, Magnolia blossoms near Literacy walk, spring
Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach outcrop of trees behind beach, summer
High Rock Park, spring
Udalls Park Preserve, Udalls Cove, Little Neck Bay, spring
Sunset Park, stand of trees on the western side of the park, summer

About the Artist

Joel Meyerowitz  (b. 1938, the Bronx, New York) 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. Meyerowitz has published over thirty books, including the Aperture titles Legacy (2009), Cape Light (2015), and Seeing Things (2016). He lives in New York and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.

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