Elliott Erwitt Photofraphy

Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1948 he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research.
Erwitt traveled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera. In 1951 he was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France.While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he was building up a photographic library for the company, and subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the city of Pittsburgh.  

"It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy. " 

FRANCE. 1955. Provence

SPAIN. 1951 Barcelona

Elliott Erwitt, Moscow, 1968

USSR. 1957
USSR. Moscow. 1957. 40th anniversary of the October Revolution.

USA. 1955. California.

USA. 1955. California.USA. 1974. New York.

 Eliott Erwitt, New York, 1974, Felix Gladys and Rover

USA. 1950. Pennsylvania.

 Elliott Erwitt, New York, Marilyn Monroe, 1956
 Elliott Erwitt, North Carolina, 1950

UNITED KINGDOM. 1991. Birmingham.

FRANCE. 1989. Paris

USA. 1946. New York City. New York.

                                                                Che Guevara in Havana, Cuba, 1964.

USA. 1963. Arlington, Virginia. Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy's funeral.

ARGENTINA. 2001. Valdes Peninsula

MEXICO. 1957. Guanajuato

GREAT BRITAIN. 1995. London. British Museum

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