Elliott Erwitt


Nobody spending even a little time on photography can get away without having heard of Elliott Erwitt. His pictures are known worldwide, they make you smile and reflect about life, you can even buy them printed on postcards in stores around the world.His sense of humor is famous and for the way he makes people rediscover the beauty of this world in smiles and laughter.

Erwitt, who says about himself that he’s serious about not being serious, was born in 1928 in Paris where he grew up, besides living in Milan, in the first couple of years. In 1939 he emigrated to the US with his family, he graduated in Los Angeles and worked in a photo lab during World War Two.

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Few years later he moved to New York City to study film. There he also got to know the famous photographers Edward Steichen and Robert Capa.

In 1953 Erwitt started to work for Magnum. Only one year later he became a full member and shortly aferwards the  president of the probably best known photo agency in the world. He was working in this position for three years. At a later period he served as the vice-president for another six years.

He took portrait pictures of many prominent people , including Jacky Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and Marilyn Monroe.

His street photos, however, are the most popular thing about him. His favorite subjects are dogs and children. He has the great skill of capturing bizarre situations in everyday lives.

Just take a look at his works – You’ll enjoy them, I promise!

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