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Profiles in Black & White: Elliott Erwitt

In Article, Black and White Photography on November 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

            “I’m an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones.”

-Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt, by Eolo Perfido, 2011

Elliott Erwitt, by Eolo Perfido, 2011

Advertising and documentary photographer (and filmmaker) Elliott Erwitt’s formative years were a journey that few people encounter over the course of their lifetime. As such, it shouldn’t be very surprising that Erwitt’s life has transgressed at a continually prolific rate.

After the Russian-heritaged Erwitt bounced from Paris to Milan, back to Paris, then New York, then Los Angeles, then back to New York once more, Erwitt fortuitously encountered photographic royalty in Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. The trio saw potential in the 20 year-old Erwitt, taking the time to mentor him for a spell –

Stryker, for one, enlisted Erwitt on a project for the Standard Oil Company. Inspired by his mentors, Erwitt returned to Europe once more, marking the start of his professional career. After a two-year stint in the military as a photographer’s assistant, Erwitt was invited to join Capa’s famed Magnum Photo Agency in 1953. Other members included Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Vandivert and Maria Eisner. In 1968, Erwitt would become president of the agency for three terms. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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