Elliott Erwitt - Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado
Elliott Erwitt
Cracked Glass with Boy, Colorado
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1955, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Valencia, Spain (dancing couple)
Elliott Erwitt
Valencia, Spain (dancing couple)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1989 (Umbrella Jump)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1989 (Umbrella Jump)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1989, printed Later
20 x 24 inches
Signed on recto. Signed, titled and dated on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1989 (Dog Jumping)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1989 (Dog Jumping)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1989, Printed 2011
20 x 24 inches
Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - New York City, 1974 (Dog Legs)
Elliott Erwitt
New York City, 1974 (Dog Legs)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1974, Printed 2014
30 x 40 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Santa Monica, California 1955 (California Kiss)
Elliott Erwitt
Santa Monica, California 1955 (California Kiss)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1955, Printed 2011
30 x 40 inches
Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1949 (Children with Masks)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1949 (Children with Masks)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1949, Printed Later
16 X 20 inches
Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - Hungary 1964
Elliott Erwitt
Hungary, 1964
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1964, Printed Later
8 X 12 inches Image; paper 11 X 14 Inches
Signed with ink on recto. Stampings on the verso
Elliott Erwitt - United States 1963
Elliott Erwitt
United States, 1963
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1963
9 3/4 x 13 7/8 Inches
Photographer's credit stamp on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - St.Tropez, France, 1959
Elliott Erwitt
St.Tropez, France, 1959
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1959, printed 2014
20 x 24 inches

Signed on recto. Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1969 (Waiters and Chef Hotel Ritz)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1969 (Waiters and Chef Hotel Ritz)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1969, Printed Later
24 x 20 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1970 (Street Scene)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1970 (Street Scene)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1970, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches
Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.
Elliott Erwitt - London, England, 1974 (Dogs)
Elliott Erwitt
London, England, 1974 (Dogs)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1974, Printed 2014
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France 1951
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France 1951
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1951, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - New York City, 2000 Two Bulldogs
Elliott Erwitt
New York City, 2000 (Bulldogs)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2000, printed Later
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - New York City, USA, 1954 (Third Ave)
Elliott Erwitt
New York City, USA, 1954 (Third Ave)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1954, printed 2014
20 x 24 Inches

Signed on recto. Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Enoshima, Japan 2003
Elliott Erwitt
Enoshima, Japan 2003
Silver Gelatin Photograph
2003, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1957
Elliott Erwitt
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 1957
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1957, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France (Cirque d'Hiver)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France (Cirque d'Hiver)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1951, Printed Later
16 x 20 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Elliott Erwitt - Paris, France (Carousel)
Elliott Erwitt
Paris, France (Carousel)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1970, Printed Later
20 x 24 inches
Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Among the celebrated photographers of the twentieth century, no other photographer became as well known for their sense of humor and witty images commenting on the world as much as Elliott Erwitt. Often bringing about smiles and sometimes outright laughter in viewers, Erwitt’s images create delightful moments through his visual wit and puns usually joining together seemingly dissimilar elements to make spontaneous flashes of comedy. Creating an informal style that is uniquely his own, Erwitt became an uncanny observer of others. Erwitt once said “You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.” Being highly sensitive and perceptive to the visible surprises in life, Erwitt possesses a deep appreciation of the moment and is skillful at capturing it. Fellow Magnum photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson believed “Elliott has to my mind achieved a miracle working on a chain-gang of commercial campaigns and still offering a bouquet of stolen photos with flavor, a smile from his deeper self.”

Erwitt was born in Paris in 1928 and spent his childhood in Milan before moving to the United States in 1939. The son of Jewish-Russian immigrants, he lived in New York City for two years before attending high school and college in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he was first exposed to photography in a commercial photography studio and then went on to study filmmaking and photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1949, he returned to Europe to further pursue artistic photography where he traveled around France and Italy. In 1951, Erwitt was drafted in the U.S. Army and again took the opportunity to photograph Europe, specifically France and Germany. He eventually returned to New York where he was to settle and met Robert Capa, Edward Steichen, and Roy Stryker who would become guiding mentors for Erwitt. Stryker was the director of the Farm Security Association’s photography department and he hired Erwitt to work on a photography project for Standard Oil. Erwitt would then start a freelance photography career working for such publications as LIFE, Look, and Collier’s. Early in his career, as a young Magnum photographer, he recorded many of the 20th century’s most important events and people such as Marilyn Monroe, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon, and Che Guevara. Robert Capa would later induct Erwitt into Magnum Photos and Erwitt would also serve as president of the organization for three terms starting in 1968.

Besides being a successful Magnum photographer who is still contributing to the organization, Erwitt is also an accomplished filmmaker and producer. He has made several independent documentaries and produced seventeen programs for HBO. He has personally authored over twenty photography books as well. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, and countless other public and private collections. In 2011, Erwitt was honored with a major retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Photography in New York and awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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