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Elliott Erwitt

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Born on July 26, 1928 in Paris, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan.  In 1939, he immigrated to the United States with his family. He studied at the Los Angeles City College and worked in a photography laboratory during WWII.   His interest in photography began while he was a teenager living in Hollywood. In 1948 Erwitt moved to New York City where he met the renowned photographers Edward Steichen and Robbert Capa.  Elliott Erwitt was invited to join Magnum Photos in 1953 and has been a member of the prestigious agency ever since, serving several terms as its president.

Elliott Erwitt became well known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings – the master of the ‘indecisive moment’.


Elliott Erwitt has had solo exhibitions in numerous museums and galleries around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, Zurich's Kunsthaus and Cologne's Photokina.

 

Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado
1955
Elliot Erwitt

photograph
20.25 x 24.25 inches

Pigeon in Cobbled St., New Orleans
1976
Elliot Erwitt

photograph
20.25 x 24.25 inches

Hippie Couple, Corning
1976
Elliot Erwitt

photograph
20.25 x 24.25 inches

Corning Boy Scout and Scout Master
1976
Elliot Erwitt

photograph
20.25 x 24.25 inches