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Arthur Meyerson : My photography : An unplanned journey


For nearly five decades, I’ve had the good fortune to make a living doing something I love; photography. My photographic life has been a continuous “unplanned journey,” as are most of my photographs… unplanned.

My evolution as a photographer led me in many directions. Eventually, I adopted the photographic mantra to “avoid preconceptions,” an approach that prevented me from disappointment in what I did not find and allowed me to remain open to what was actually there.

The results I have brought together in two books, The Color of Light and The Journey. They are a look back at my photographic career… my early beginnings, inspirations, teaching… images including personal work as well as commercial assignments and their backstories from over ninety countries and all seven continents.

The opportunity to travel still excites me, not only for the chance to visit new places and make new photographs, but also for the prospect of adding to my ongoing life journey. All the trips I’ve taken have helped define me as a photographer seeking a sense of place and savoring the moment, regardless of the destination.

Arthur Meyerson


“The performance of another’s shooting is largely a mystery to us. I have no idea how Arthur works, but I am constantly surprised by the intensity and variety of his images. We have gone to shoot the same thing or place at different times and I’m constantly pissed by the fact that his images are better than mine.” – Jay Maisel

“ Arthur Meyerson lives in another world. It is a world I would love to live in. He is a photographer’s photographer. With his pictures, Meyerson turns our lives for a moment into an emotional fantasy world in which everyday scenes are turned into magic.” – David Alan Harvey 

“Arthur’s words and his images have the coherent polish and grace of a person who is thoroughly aware of the light we live in and how we occupy each other within it. Though it appears on the surface that his work is populated with the everyday environment, Meyerson takes it to a existential level with the beauty of his compositions. His ‘decisive moment’, rings beautiful and true. It is the first photography book in sometime which reconnected me to art, to artists, to the times around the world and across the centuries that inspire us.”- Lynn Goldsmith

“Powerful, elegant photographs by one of the most respected photographers working today. The world, according to Arthur Meyerson, is one of enchanting color, deep beauty, humor and hope.” – Keith Carter

“Like an icon that never wears out, be it a favorite hat or a tragic monument, no matter how often I’ve seen an Arthur Meyerson picture, I am always seeing it for the first time. It refuses to become familiar.”- Arno Minkkinen 

“When I think of an Arthur Meyerson photo, the first thing that comes to mind is the palette he creates to intoxicate the viewer. The result being an immediate connection with the imagery. The colors, hue and tonality push the concepts of his captures- driving home their honesty. Staying true to his subjects, be they landscapes or cowboys on the plains, they echo a quest for honesty and realism, rarely seen in photography today. One can feel the moment that Arthur clicks his shutter because he leaves you with a feeling for the moment. The fog lifting off a river or the dust stirred by the hoofs of horses, one never questions his motives. They are true and sure, just like the person behind the lens.” – Greg Gorman

“An Arthur Meyerson image is both original and classic. There is no more winning combination. Looking at his photographs one feels they have entered a world more beautiful than any they could have imagined.” – Amy Arbus

“In his landscapes, still lifes, and human studies, Arthur unites color with graphic strength in confident compositions. In these images, one feels that nothing need be added or can be subtracted. To his strong, sure seeing, he adds himself. An Arthur Meyerson photograph is emotionally warm and involving, like Arthur. It is this quality that gives his work its significant staying power. Breathing through the color and the composition itself is an abiding humanity. Brought to Arthur’s work by its strength of seeing, we stay with it for its subtlety of feeling.”- Sam Abell


The Color of Light
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The Journey
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