Lovers, lounge chairs, all silent, but speaking volumes. Elliott Erwitt, a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”, is a photographer and filmmaker and has recently come out with a book “Sequentially Yours”. They are all striking, standalone, vignettes… but with a twist. Read on after the jump to see a couple doing ‘The Twist’ and find out what Erwitt’s ‘spin’ is!
As you may have deduced from the title of the book, the unique element of Erwitt's display of his black and whites is that they are displayed as ‘sequences’. The time laps between the first, second, and often third or more, photograph is a few seconds which gives them a ‘film strip’ like feel, consciously showing ‘decisive moments’. Funny, sad, and full of interesting subject matter, these photos do well in highlighting Erwitt’s humor and his “effortless and classic” style of photography.
Most of the sequences depict daily life and phenomena, such as child bearing and death, in a manner we don’t often encounter. The photo of the heavily pregnant woman (who’s actually Erwitt’s daughter) is followed by one in which her newborn is lying on the floor beside her. It’s funny, because it’s so different, so sterile, and contains somewhat of a shock factor from imagining the baby falling out of its mother’s womb in the seconds preceding the second photograph!
His photographs also serve to break down the God-like status of iconic images, burned in History through replication in books, magazines and online. Seen above, are shots of Marilyn Monroe taken on the set of The Seven Year Itch. None of these are the iconic image, used as the film’s main publicity shot, but ones in which onlookers are shown owing to the fact they are shot from a different angle, with Marilyn’s back facing towards the camera.
Information for this article was taken from the TIME LightBox article.