Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye

Wish I could say that I’ve had more time to write and think about writing, but I have not. Nevertheless, I have not lost my desire to share. So for your viewing pleasure, here is a great documentary I recently showed my class.



Joel Meyerowitz, 1981

Street photography has fascinated me for some time. As a practice, it is at once nerve-wracking and exciting (at least for me). Even watching someone else doing it gets my nerves on edge. But it’s always worth it! To be able to capture moments of people living out in the world, just being human and doing what people do, is really rewarding. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you look at a freshly developed roll of film and see the “decisive moments” you’ve successfully captured, even the ones you don’t remember.

This is a fascinating video of Joel Meyerowitz from 1981! The quality of the production is what you’d probably expect from 30 years ago, but the content is really interesting. It follows him as he talks about working on the street, often interrupting the conversation to take shots. It also discusses some of his other work in context of the street photography.

I highly recommend you make some time to watch this!
(about 60 minutes)