In this collection of color photographs made between 1977 and 1983, we progress through the day, with exposures made at first light, in late morning, afternoon dusk, and last light, until we close on a nearly black scene. Every adult's favorite summer memory is echoed here. Some of the portraits are unforgettable. Meyerowitz's purposeful use of color has been seen before in his strange and delightful Wild Flowers (1983), and in Cape Light (1978), which seems to have planted the seeds for the present book. With the detail-rendering capability of his 8 x 10 inch Deardorff, Meyerowitz has distilled the essence of summer out of what might pass as ordinary moments. His uninhibited and childlike yet polished essay shows him to be a skilled descriptive writer as well. The 65 full-page reproductions offer a fine example of the state of the art of color printing. Kathleen Collins, Library of Congress
Joel Meyerowitz is a photographer best known for his large-format color work published in Cape Light and several other books. He began his career as a street photographer and is the co-author of Bystander: A History of Street Photography. His photographs have been shown worldwide, including exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently he produced his first feature film, POP, a diary of a trip he made with his son and his aging father, who had Alzheimer's disease.