06 December, 2013 — 02 March, 2014
Elliott Erwitt (Elio Romano Erwitz) was born in Paris in 1928 to Russian immigrants. Some days before the start of the Second World War, his family escaped to the United States and settled in Los Angeles. When Erwitt decided to become a photographer he also took the decision to move to New York. After a year in the army, he began to work as a freelance photographer and in 1954 he became a full member of the legendary photojournalist cooperative Magnum. In 1955 he was one of the photographers in the famous The Family of Man exhibition.
A master portraitist, Elliott Erwitt has photographed John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Kerouac, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Akira Kurosawa and Andy Warhol, among others. He claims that taking pictures of celebrities is no different than taking pictures of non-celebrities, except that celebrities sell better. He is perhaps best known for his often humorous images of dogs.
“There is really nothing mysterious about photography”. It’s about observing. Often it’s a matter of luck and circumstance. Hopefully I haven’t taken my best picture yet.” – Elliott explains.
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