Joel Meyerowitz: Provincetown

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“The end result are these photos, striking both for their allure and for the age they document: pre-internet, in the earliest throes of the AIDS crisis, a time before globalization and other forces would turn Provincetown into something else, when it still held that otherworldly, quirky, utterly unique charm.” —Them

The beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, has long been defined by outsiders. A safe haven for the queer community and a getaway for artists, it is a place defined by openness and tolerance. Throughout the late 1970s and early ’80s, Joel Meyerowitz spent his summers there, roaming the seaside with an 8-by-10 camera, making exquisite, sharply observed portraits of families, couples, children, artists, and other denizens of the progressive community. A cast of characters appear and reappear from season to season against a picturesque backdrop of sea, sand, and sun. Provincetown collects one hundred portraits, most never before published, bringing viewers into an idyllic world of self-styled individualism.

Photographs, preface, and text by Joel Meyerowitz. 

  • Hardcover, 12.6 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Number of pages: 160
  • ISBN: 9781597114677