Pedro Meyer

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Pedro Meyer

Pedro Meyer (born October 6, 1935 in Madrid, Spain) is a well-known photographer based in Mexico.[1][2] He is one of the pioneers[citation needed] of the digital revolution[3] in contemporary photography. He was the founder and president of the Consejo Mexicano de Fotografía (Mexican Council of Photography) and organizer of the first three Latin American Photography Colloquiums.

Besides his artistic photographic work, Meyer has been a teacher in various institutions,[citation needed] as well as the curator, editor, founder and director of the photography ZoneZero website, which hosts the work of over a thousand photographers from all over the world, and is visited by more than 500,000 people each month.[citation needed] More than 5.5 million people visited ZoneZero in one year making it one of the most visited sites for content on the web.[citation needed]

Meyer has imparted more than a hundred lectures on the subject of photography and new technologies in festivals, museums and academic institutions in Mexico, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Ecuador and Sweden among others.[citation needed] He has been a guest artist in the University of Colorado at Boulder, Centro de Estudios Fotográficos in Vigo, Spain and The Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona.

He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987, the Internazionale di Cultura Citta di Anghiari in 1985, in 1993 he received the National Endowment for the Arts in conjunction with Jonathan Green and the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. He has also received numerous awards in Mexican Photography Biennales and the very first grant destined to a Web project, awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Pedro Meyer Foundation. He is currently working in HERESIES a worldwide retrospective to open in 100 museums during the week of October 6, 2008.

In 1991 he published I Photograph to Remember, the first CD ROM in the world to combined images and sound.[citation needed] He is the author of the books Tiempos de América (American Times), Espejo de Espinas (Mirror of Thorns), Los Cohetes duraron todo el día (The Fireworks Lasted All Day). His book Truths and Fictions: A journey of documentary photography to digital was made into a CD ROM by Voyager in 1995. His latest book titled The Real and the True, published by Peachpit Press, came out in 2005. In 2007, his work and contribution to the field of photography was honored via a special Mentor issue of Nueva Luz photographic journal (published by En Foco), guest edited by curator Elizabeth Ferrer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Studio of (Un)truth: Photographer Pedro Meyer Journeys to Film's End, Austin Chronicle (November 24, 1995)
  2. ^ Pedro Meyer photographs capture life, Brownsville Herald (April 4, 2010)
  3. ^ Truth & Fiction, Mother Jones (Nov.-Dec. 1993)

Articles[edit]

  • Pedro Meyer's Documentary Fictions, by Jonathan Green. Aperture 136, Summer 1994.