Vintage View: Traveling Back in Time with Joel Meyerowitz’s Photographs

Joel Meyerowitz, New York City, 1963
Photo by Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery

It may be a controversial view, but when it comes to street style photography, my favorite aspect isn’t the amazing ensembles, but the city backdrops that play an ever important supporting role. And what better backdrop is there than ever alluring New York City?

In the new book, Joel Meyerowitz: Taking My Time, we gain glimpses of the legendary photographer’s time strolling the streets of the Big Apple as he captures the changing landscape of the city’s fashion, attitude, and culture during the ’60s and ’70s. Meyerowitz’s work not only embodies New York life during the era, but planted the seeds for some of our favorite street style photographers today.

Photo by Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery

"New York City, 1962" photo by Joel Meyerowitz
Photo by Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery

"New York City, 1963"  by Joel Meyerowitz
Photo by Joel Meyerowitz, courtesy of Phaidon Press

What city landscape do you find most inspiring?

About Sarah

Who would have thought the little girl in the oversized Goofy T-shirt would grow up to work in fashion? Definitely not young Sarah; she was too busy singing her heart out to Whitney Houston. Today, her eclectic fashion tastes lean toward purses large enough to stash her latest read, way too high of a heel, and the occasional vintage baseball tee.

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  1. Stephanie (@StephL535) 01/10/2013 at 12:52 pm #

    I love these photos! Especially the ones in color!! I find the San Francisco landscape the most inspiring–it’s what made me move here when I was 20!!

  2. Kristine 01/10/2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Oh hey, Taking Back Sunday. I’ve never seen the original photo before. Quite compelling in black and white! Film had such a nice quality back then. The noise makes it look almost like it’s drawn. Thanks for sharing ModCloth!

  3. Patricia O. 01/10/2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Wow! Same as Kristine, I never knew until now where Taking Back Sunday album cover’s from! The pictures are awesome, I especially love the first one

  4. chocoliv 01/11/2013 at 3:23 am #

    i love the first picture. It makes me feel nostalgic… even though i wasn’t alive then.


  5. Becky Bedbug (@BeckyBedbug) 01/11/2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Another Taking Back Sunday fan here! It’s a very striking image.

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