Joel Meyerowitz

Europa 1966-1967

Malaga, Spain, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

In 1966, at the age of 28 and shortly after leaving his advertising job in New York to pursue photography, Meyerowitz embarked on a year-long road trip around Europe. He drove 20,000 miles through 10 countries and took 25,000 photographs. During this period, Meyerowitz settled in Málaga for six months, where he befriended the Escalona family, one of the traditional flamenco families in the city. While in Málaga, Meyerowitz took 8,500 photographs and captured hours of high-quality sound recordings of live flamenco.

This unique experience, which resulted in an extraordinary photographic record of Spain during the height of the Francoist dictatorship, was hugely influential for Meyerowitz and had a long-lasting impact on his signature style of photography. Meyerowitz is now recognised as one of the leading photographers of his generation who redefined how reality can be captured and communicated with a camera. After returning to New York, Meyerowitz had his first ever solo exhibition at MoMA in 1968, featuring 40 photographs taken from the window of his moving car while in Europe.

Featuring vintage and large-format prints in colour and black and white, the exhibition will present an in-depth account of Meyerowitz’s travels through England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Greece and Italy, centring on the significance of his extended stay in Málaga.

Tracing Meyerowitz’s artistic evolution during his time in Europe, the exhibition will feature portraits of local people, unique moments captured in everyday street scenes, urban and natural landscapes, and photographs taken from inside his moving car. The exhibition will also feature a selection of original prints from his first solo exhibition at MoMA in 1968.

Curatorship: Miguel López-Remiro Forcada

Artistic Director of the Museo Picasso Málaga, Miguel López-Remiro (Pamplona, 1977) holds a degree in Economics, a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from the University of Navarra and an Executive MBA from IESE and is also a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont University in Los Angeles. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego and was the editor of the first anthology of Mark Rothko texts with Yale University Press and Flammarion. He recently held the post of PhD lecturer at the School of Architecture, Engineering and Design and its new Creative Campus at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. He has been deputy curatorial director of the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, founding director of the Museo Universidad de Navarra, and a curator at institutions such as the Fundación Sorigué and the Fundación Otazu.

Galería de imágenes

Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

London, England, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Greece. Rt. E87, near Trokala, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Ireland, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz