Preview: Elliott Erwitt – Personal Best, International Center for Photography

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 3, 2011 at 11:22 am


Elliott Erwitt

We were fortunate to meet the “grand old man” at ICP 3 years ago for a book signing. Sitting there in suspenders he looked more like an accountant than a world famous photographer. But looking more closely you caught the ever present gleam in his eye that belies the humor of his excellent images.

Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and special sense of humor. An active photographer since 1948, Erwitt sought out Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. With Capa’s encouragement, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos in 1953. Erwitt is both an eyewitness to history and a dreamer with a camera, whose images have been widely published in the international press and in more than twenty books.

Now through August 28.

For more information: ICP

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