Personal Best: An Exhibition of Works by Elliott Erwitt


“To me, photography is an art of observation,” said Erwitt. “It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

Elliott Erwitt, New York, 1974 via International Center of Photography

Elliott Erwitt is widely recognised for his versatility in photography. While famous for intimate photographs of people and dogs, Erwitt is also respected for his work as a photojournalist. Among the iconic moments he captured with his camera are the Khrushchev-Nixon “Kitchen Debate” in 1959, and Jacqueline Kennedy at the funeral of her husband in 1963.

Elliott Erwitt, Jacqueline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy’s funeral, Arlington, Virginia, November 25, 1963 via International Center of Photography

Erwitt is also celebrated for his portraits. These include shots of subjects such as Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, and Che Guevara.

Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, New York City, 1956 via International Center of Photography

Born Elio Romano Erwitz in Paris in 1928, Erwitt spent his childhood in Italy, France, and the United States. After moving to Los Angeles in 1941, Erwitt began working in a commercial darkroom processing photographs of movie stars. In New York, Erwitt met Robert Capa, who in 1953, invited him to join Magnum Photos.

During the 1940s and 1950s, when many photographers followed established guidelines for exposure, focus, and composition, Erwitt developed his own ideas. With an incisive, humanistic sense of observation and finely honed wit, he illuminated the small moments of life, even when covering major news events.

Elliott Erwitt, Santa Monica, California, 1955 via International Center of Photography

A substantial retrospective exhibition of Elliott Erwitt’s work is currently on view at the International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street, New York) until August 28, 2011. The exhibition includes more than a 100 of Erwitt’s images, a selection of his documentary films produced over the past sixty years, as well as some previously unseen and unpublished prints from his early work.

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written by webo29 on 2011-07-04 #news #dogs #b-w #lomography #exhibition #ny #marilyn-monroe #news #elliott-erwitt #jackie-kennedy


  1. explorette
    explorette ·

    The 1st and last pictures are super fantastic!!!!! amazing photographer!

  2. webo29
    webo29 ·

    @explorette agreed! Marilyn looks good too ;)

  3. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    <3 Love these photos <3

  4. slumbrnghok
    slumbrnghok ·

    Amazing article! Awesome photographs.

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