Erwitt Elliot

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ABOUT

Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928 in Paris, spent his childhood in Milan, and in 1939 emigrated with his family to the United States. In 1951 he was drafted into the Army Signal Corps, during which he served as a photographer in Germany and France. Back in the United States, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Protection Administration in New York. Stryker hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company and then commissioned him on a massive Pittsburgh documentation project. In 1953 Erwitt joined the Magnum photo agency and also worked as a freelance photographer for Collier’s, Look, Life, Holiday and other famous publications. In the late 1960s, Erwitt became president of Magnum for three years.

Elliott Erwitt is known for his outspoken and often humorous black and white portraits, and he also owns world-famous portraits of such iconic 20th-century figures as Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and Richard Nixon. Throughout his successful career, the photographer has published many photo books, often focusing on dogs. «The work I do is terribly simple,» Erwitt remarked in 1988, «I watch, I try to have fun, but above all, I need images that represent emotions. There are a few other things that interest me in photography. «

Despite recurring criticism, Erwitt remains one of the most popular and famous photographers in the world, with his photographs included in many books and catalogues, and have also been shown in exhibitions around the world. The photographer was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in 2002 in recognition of his contributions to the art of photography. In 2011, he received the Professional Achievement Award from the International Center for Photography.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020
ZEIT-ZEUG*INNEN, freiraum für fotografie, Berlin

2015
The Colour of Elliott Erwitt on Red October, Lumiere Brother Center for Photography, Moscow

2012
Magnum Contact Sheets, ICP International Center of Photography, New York
Another London, Tate Britain, London
Elliott Erwitt. Große Lichtbildner des 20.Jahrhunderts, Deutsches Fotomuseum, Leipzig
Retrospective, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna

2011
Personal Exhibition, Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto
Photographs of Children – the child within us, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Elliott Erwitt. Hunde und andere Zeitgenossen, Focke Museum, Bremen, Germany
Elliott Erwitt. Icons, kunst Meran. Merano arte, Merano

2010
Elliott Erwitt. Personal Best, MEP – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Elliott Erwitt. Platinum Prints & Classic Snaps, Magnum Print Room, London
Retrospective, Manege Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow

2009
Retrospective, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Helmond
Elliott Erwitt. Roma, Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Rome
Colleziona 2010, FORMA Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan
Sammlung FOTOGRAFIS Bank Austria im MdM Salzburg, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg, Salzburg

2008
Elliott Erwitt. Dog Dogs, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
MAGNUM Photos 60 years, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Mind at Play, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

2007
Speaking With Hands – Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Russian State Museum, Saint Petersburg
Dona, etcètera. Moda i dona a les col·leccions, Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona
Elliott Erwitt. Io e gli altri, FORMA Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan

2006
Magnum Ireland, IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
The Heartbeat of Fashion. Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Summer Vacation: Photographs from the Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Straßenfotografie – Meisterwerke aus drei Jahrhunderten, kunsthaus kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren
my collection, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea Ken Damy, Brescia
Elliott Erwitt. Photographies 1946-2001, Centre culturel de la Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles, Brussels
Retrospective, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford
Personal Exhibition, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago

2005
Personal Exhibition. Guangzhou Photo Biennial 2005, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
Storie di Sguardi – La fotografia da Nadar a Elliott Erwitt, FORMA Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, Milan
Elliott Erwitt. Schnappschüsse, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
Daumenkino, The Flip Book Show, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf

2004
Elliott Erwitt. L’umorismo intelligente, Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Brescia, Brescia
Elliott Erwitt’s Hand Work, Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, New York
Elliott Erwitt. Snaps, The Marino Marini Museum, Florence
Magnum’s New Yorkers, Museum of the City of New York, New York
Il museo, le collezioni, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan
The Seeing Eye: Art and Industry at the 1964 World’s Fair, Queens Museum of Art, New York
Arts&Architecture, 1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genova

2003
Elliott Erwitt. Magic Hands, Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz, Berlin
Sopeutumattomat – Valokuvia elokuvan tekemisestä, HAM Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki

2002
Personal exhibition. MNCARS – Museo REINA SOFIA, Madrid

1955
The Family of Man, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York