Photography

Erwitt, Elliott (1928)

Born in Paris in a Russian family that settles in Los Angeles, in 1939, Elliott Erwitt finds a job in a photography laboratory while in high school. In 1949, he decides to live in New York where he meets Robert Capa who helps him establish contacts in the discipline and thus, in the mid-1950s, Elliott Erwitt joins the Magnum agency which he will also preside between 1968 and 1970. A set photographer that observes Marilyn Monroe’s poignant vulnerability in The Misfits, he also delivers landmark assignments such as the infamous ‘kitchen debate’ between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev, produced in his homeland, Russia. Impassioned by dogs and children, he loves to depict naive scenes mingling tenderness, humour and irony - ‘some people believe that my pictures are sad, others rather think they are funny. But, finally, sad or funny, isn’t it the same thing?’ The talented portraitist of humanity, he has become an expert in capturing a casual honest photograph thanks to a little bicycle horn he carries in his pocket and suddenly blows when needed: ‘It sort of shatters the barriers. It's silly, but it works.’
 

Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Czestochowa, Poland, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Czestochowa, Poland, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, 1984
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Rio de Janeiro, 1984
Elliott Erwitt,
Elliott Erwitt, , New York, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Eiffel Tower 100th anniversary, Paris, 1989
Elliott Erwitt, Eiffel Tower 100th anniversary, Paris, 1989
Elliott Erwitt, Ernesto
Elliott Erwitt, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Ernesto
Elliott Erwitt, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, 1956
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, 1956
Elliott Erwitt, Times Square, New York City, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Times Square, New York City, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Third Avenue, New York City, 1947
Elliott Erwitt, Third Avenue, New York City, 1947
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Hungary, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Hungary, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Bratsk, Siberia, 1967
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Bratsk, Siberia, 1967
Elliott Erwitt, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon, Moscow, 1959
Elliott Erwitt, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon, Moscow, 1959
Elliott Erwitt, On the set of
Elliott Erwitt, On the set of "The Misfits": John Huston, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Arthur Miller, Reno, 1960
Elliott Erwitt, Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy funeral, Arlington, November 25th, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy funeral, Arlington, November 25th, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe on the set of
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe on the set of "The Seven Years Itch", New York, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, California, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, California, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Felix, Gladys and Rover, New York, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Felix, Gladys and Rover, New York, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Fort Dix, New Jersey, 1951
Elliott Erwitt, Fort Dix, New Jersey, 1951
Elliott Erwitt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1988
Elliott Erwitt, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1988
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Barcelona, 1951
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Barcelona, 1951
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Las Vegas, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Las Vegas, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pittsburgh, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pittsburgh, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Colorado, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Colorado, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, North Carolina, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, North Carolina, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1969
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1969
Elliott Erwitt, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, New York City, 1971
Elliott Erwitt, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, New York City, 1971
Elliott Erwitt, The engagement party of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, January 1956
Elliott Erwitt, The engagement party of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, January 1956
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Shiraz, 1967
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Shiraz, 1967
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Venice, California, 1976
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Venice, California, 1976
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Cheerleader, Gulfport, Mississipi, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Cheerleader, Gulfport, Mississipi, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Haven, Connecticut, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Haven, Connecticut, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Fidel Castro, Cuba, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Fidel Castro, Cuba, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, 1949
Elliott Erwitt, Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, 1949
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Hamburg, 1980
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Hamburg, 1980
Elliott Erwitt, John Zackowski, 1987
Elliott Erwitt, John Zackowski, 1987
Elliott Erwitt, Jack Kerouac, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Jack Kerouac, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pittsburgh, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pittsburgh, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Budapest, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Budapest, 1964
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Castle, 1969
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Castle, 1969
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Panama City, Florida, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Panama City, Florida, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Huntsville, Alabama, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Huntsville, Alabama, 1974
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Florida, 1975
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Florida, 1975
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Hampshire, 1975
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New Hampshire, 1975
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, London, 1978
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, London, 1978
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Tokyo, Japan, 1960
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Tokyo, Japan, 1960
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Japan, 1985
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Japan, 1985
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1953
Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank and son, New York, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank and son, New York, 1950
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York City, 1954
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Alabama, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Alabama, 1955
Elliott Erwitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1977
Elliott Erwitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1977
Elliott Erwitt, Rudolf Nureyev, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Rudolf Nureyev, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York, 1999
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, New York, 1999
Elliott Erwitt, John F. Kennedy at the Oval Office, Washington, 1961
Elliott Erwitt, John F. Kennedy at the Oval Office, Washington, 1961
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pasadena, California, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Untitled, Pasadena, California, 1963
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe on the set of
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe on the set of "The Misfits" directed by John Huston, Reno, Nevada, 1960
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1956
Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1956
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