Seeing in Color
An Evening with Eric Meola
Photographers make images that are in color, but their photographs are,for the most part, not about color—that is the premise of this lecture. My images are about color—how we perceive it and why it is important as the subject of my photographs.My lecture explores how I work with, see and use color, and although I try to cover many aspects of being a photographer my focus is on my use of color—how I visualize in color, how I think in color and why I use color to tell my story.The talk lasts approximately an hour and a half to two hours, and includes 200 to 400 images covering many aspects of my career,including personal images made on trips throughout the world.I encourage questions during the presentation; and, as well, I will take questions from the audience after the talk.
About Eric Meola:
Showcasing a portfolio of his color images in its October 2008 issue,Rangefinder magazine referred to Eric as one of a “handful of color photographers who are true innovators.”
Eric Meola’s prints are in several private collections and museums, including the A.S.M.P. archive, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the International Center of Photography in New York, and the Museum of Modern Artin Munich. He has won numerous awards including the “Advertising Photographer of the Year” award from the American Society of Media Photographers.
In 1972 he photographed Haiti for Time magazine, resulting in one of his most famous images, “Coca Kid,” which was included in Life magazine’s special 1997 issue “100 Magnificent Images.” In 1980 he had his first major exhibit in New York at the “Space” gallery in Carnegie Hall and his signature red, white and blue image “Promised Land,” was chosen for inclusion in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House. In 1989 he was the only photographer named to Ad week magazine’s national “Creative All-Star Team”; and that same year he received a “Clio” for a series of images he made in Scotland for a breakthrough campaign featuring the outerwear clothing of the Timberland company. “Fire Eater,” his iconic image of the spotlit lips of a woman submerged in a tank of water, and commissioned by Almay cosmetics, was included in Robert Sobieszek’s 1993 book on advertising The Art of Persuasion.
As an undergraduate at Syracuse University, he studied color printing and color theory at the Newhouse School of Journalism before graduating in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature. A Canon “Explorer of Light,” he has lectured extensively, including at Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology,Brooks (Santa Barbara), the Art Center at Pasadena, Parsons, the Academy of Art College (San Francisco), the George Eastman House, and venues including PPA., WPPI, and A.S.M.P.
In 2004, GRAPHIS published his first book Last Places on Earth, a look at disappearing tribes and cultures throughout the world. An exhibition in England of his photographs of Bruce Springsteen, which coincided with the publication of his second book Born to Run: The Unseen Photos (Insight Editions, 2006),was followed in 2008 by INDIA: In Word & Image (Welcome Books, NY), and an exhibit in 2009 at the Art Directors Club of New York. In September of 2012,Harper Collins will publish Eric’s fourth book, Streets of Fire.